In 1939 the inevitability of war in Europe had the British government seeking to strengthen the RAF's fighter capability. In the spring of 1940 they approached North American to build the Curtiss P40 under licence to increase supply. However, North American thought the P40 to be outdated and suggested that they design their own aircraft from scratch. The British agreed but demanded that the prototype be ready in less than 4 months with flights 6 weeks later. North American duly obliged and the aircraft first flew in October 1940.
Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood
PVA glue for building the wooden frames
One Ø 150mm plastic propeller
Pre-bent motor hook and shaft
Three low friction plastic nose bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarrage and tail wheel legs
Vaccuum formed canopy and spinner
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs