General Dynamics A-12 "Avenger II" Stealth Fighter Concept (1991)
About the Design
In 1988, the U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics/McDonnell Douglas a contract to build prototypes for what it hoped would be a new generation of carrier-based stealth fighters to replace its aging A-6 Intruders. Dubbed the A-12 "Avenger II," this sub-sonic, two-man attack bomber was to be powered by two G.E. F412-400 turbofan engines that would allow the aircraft to attain speeds of up to 580 mph.
Unfortunately, by 1991, a year after the first prototype was to be flying, a working aircraft had yet to be built and the Pentagon pulled the plug on the A-12 program. In 1993, the Fort Worth Aviation Heritage Association, a private organization, raised enough funds to complete General Dynamics' full-scale mock-up for public display. The full-scale Avenger II -- a/k/a "The Dorito" -- model made its debut in 1996.
About the Kit
Released in 1992, this all-resin kit featured a vacuform cockpit dome and ordnance that included two Sidewinder missiles and two Paveway III-style laser-guided bombs. The model had segmented wings that could be built in either the straight, "in-flight" or folded (storage) position.
Unfortunately, the fit between the outer wings and the main fuselage was off by a few millimeters, creating a significant construction challenge for those wishing to build the model in the "in-flight" configuration (above).
The model was built from an original issue. Pilot figures are borrowed by from "junk pile."