Hobby Master HA7909 – 1/48 Scale F4B-4 Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA7909 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Boeing F4B-4, # 10, “Skylarks” Demonstration Team, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), Maxwell Field, Alabama, 1937.
Hobby Master 1/48 scale Boeing F-4B/P-12E diecast model details
|Length||12.7 cm||5.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||19.0 cm||7.48 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- A display stand included.
“Skylarks” Demonstration Team
The US Army Air Corpe’s ‘Skylarks” demonstration team formed in 1935. Flying the P-12 under the instruction of Captain Claire Chennault. Based at Maxwell Field, Alabama. In September 1937 the Skylarks performed at the National Air Races. The pilots were Capt. Charles D. McAllister, leader, Lt. Wilbur W. Aring, Lt. Carl D. Storrie and Lt. Clayton E. Hughes. The team disbanded at the end of 1937 due to the reassignment of personnel.
The Boeing F4B is an American single radial engined biplane fighter. It first flew in June 1928 and entered service in 1929 with the US Navy’s VB-1B Red Rippers. Developed to replace the Grumman F3B and Boeing F2B in service with US Navy and US Marine Corps. The F4B / P12 used the Wasp engine of the F3B but had better performance due to its smaller size and weight. It was the last wooden-winged biplane fighter produced by Boeing and used by the U.S. military. Later ordered by the US Army Air Corps, designated P-12. The US Navy and US Marine Corps replaced the F4B with the Grumman F2F/F3F series in 1938. The US Army Air Corps replaced the P-12 with the Boeing P-26 in 1934-35.
The P-12E variant had a semi-monocoque metal fuselage. Other improvements included modified vertical tail surfaces and some had tailwheels.