[CMR72-239] Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk ‘Airship Fighterʼ

RELEASED 11/2014

This full resin kit contains 25 parts, a small sheet of clear foil (to make the windshield) and a comprehensive decal sheet.

This kit replaces the older one, of a similar Mark (CMR72-5078), which has been cancelled.


Model build:



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[concise product info on HyperScale]


SKU: CMR72-239 Category: Tag:


The Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk was a parasite fighter designed to be deployed from and recovered by a large rigid-framed airship, using a special hook/anchor system. It was designed early in 1930, and two prototypes and six production aircraft were delivered with an aim to serve on the USS Akron and Macon.

It was a biplane of all metal semi-monocoque fuselage structure and metal tail surfaces, with fabric-covered wings. It was powered by the Wright Whirlwind R-975-E3 radial engine and carried an armament of two 7.62mm Browning machine guns.

Originally intended to provide fighter protection for the dirigibles, the F9C-2s were used primarily to extend the reconnaissance capabilities of the parent airship. The Akron had a complement of three aircraft, while the Macon, which was was lost on 12 February 1935, carried four F9C-2s. In order to increase their scouting range while the airship was on operations, some Sparrowhawks were modified by having their landing gear removed and replaced by a fuel tank.


Colour schemes included in the kit:

1) F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, BuNo. 9058, US Navy, USS Akron during autumn 1932 – spring 1933, or USS Macon in the summer of 1933

2) F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, BuNo. 9057, US Navy, USS Macon, summer 1933

3) F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, BuNo. 9056, US Navy, USS Macon, November 1933


Assembly instructions:

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