Initially created to compete for a U.S. Navy contract dated February 28, 1928, the prototype Model 9, XPY-1, was designed by Captain Dick Richardson and Isaac M. ‘Mac’ Laddon. Beginning construction in March 1928, the aircraft was ready for its first flight by the end of the year. Lieutenant A. W. Gorton made the first flight out of Anacostia NAS, Washington, D.C…
The production contract was opened to other bidders, and the Glenn L. Martin Company undercut them and was awarded the contract to construct the plane as the Martin P3M-1 and P3M-2. Three P3M-1s and six P3M-2s were built; one XP2M-1 was also built to a similar design, powered by three Wright Cyclone engines; following the removal of the third engine, it was redesignated XP2M-2. The idea of a third engine on the XPY-1 had been studied and rejected by the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics staff.
A new contract was placed by the U.S. Navy on May 26, 1931, for a prototype of a developed version of the Model 9, XPY-1, designated the Model 22 Ranger by Consolidated. Incorporating the Model 16 Commodore features, such as the enclosed flight deck, designated the XP2Y-1 by the Navy, this new prototype had the same 100 ft parasol wing. Still, it became a sesquiplane with a smaller wing-mounted lower, at the top of the hull, replacing the booms that had supported the stabilising pontoons on the XPY-1. Two Wright R-1820-E1 Cyclone engines were located close below the top wing and had narrow-chord cowlings. A third similar engine was mounted on a strut along the centerline above the wing but was removed after the first test in April 1932.
The Navy ordered 23 P2Y-3s as production models similar to the P2Y-2s modified from the original batch of P2Y-1s.
- Scale: 1/350
- Type: Static Maritime Patrol Model
- Length: 53.8mm
- Wingspan: 87.1mm
- Total Parts: 144Pcs
- Etching Parts: 1Pc
- Total Sprues: 6Pcs
- Total Models: 6
|1/350 Consolidated P2Y “Seaplane” Maritime Patrol Aircraft Set (6Pcs) Scaled Plastic Model Kit||6|
- Modelling Glue such as Revell Contacta Professional Glue 25g
- Tweezers, scissors & modelling knives
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