scale N-9MA is available online from
This is a 1/48 scale, limited run injection moulded model of the single
seat Northrop N-9MA as kitted by Sword Models.
I was lucky enough to be at the Planes of Fame airshow at Chino in 2000
and saw their N9-MB flying with Steve Hinton at the controls - an
amazing aircraft and pilot. I could not resist getting this model when I
saw it at a stall at the recent Flying Legends air display at Duxford,
UK this year - and built it within several days!
The kit has few parts but is well engineered and detailed. I replaced
the moulded undercarriage door actuators with stainless steel rod.
Beware, this model is a tail sitter (does it have a tail?). Next time I
will add some weight next to the intakes forward of the main gear.
Fortunately there is a rear outrigger which just about prevents the
model from tipping back!
The yellow is spray can painted Humbol RAF Trainer Yellow and the
underside blue is a mix of PRU and Roundel Blue brush applied which kind
of approximate to the colours in my memory and the photos in the
excellent "Northrop Flying Wings" article in Volume 2 of "Wings of
There are only three decals - two Stars and Bars for the wings and one
Northrop Logo for the "nose". In place of the "Stars and Bars" I used
some US Army roundels from the spares box.
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