Hot Wheels Mad PropzPosted: October 3, 2015
When I got home and opened the packaging I was struck by something … the design seemed vaguely familiar. I did a bit of online research, and according to a Hot Wheels collector’s website, the model’s designer was inspired by the design of the Curtiss P-40. My first thought was ‘No way!’; if the design takes any inspiration at all it is from the fuselage of P-51 Mustang and the wings of the Supermarine Spitfire).
Some days later I happened to be looking through a reference book about Russian fighter aircraft and saw an aircraft design that was quite similar to ‘Mad Propz’ … a Bisnovat SK-2.
The SK-2 (Skorostnii Krylo – high speed wing) was a fighter aircraft designed by Matus Bisnovat’s Design Bureau, and was a development of his earlier SK-1 design. The prototype was flown in October 1940 by G M Shiyanov, but the aircraft was not put into production.
The SK-2’s characteristics were:
- Crew: 1
- Length: 8.28 m (27 ft 2 in)
- Wingspan: 7.3 m (23 ft 11.5 in)
- Empty weight: 1,850 kg (4,078 lb)
- Gross weight: 2,300 kg (5,071 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Klimov M-105 (VK-105) producing 1,050 hp
- Maximum speed: 660 km/h (413 mph)
- Rate of climb: 19.23 m/s (3785.6 ft/min)
- Armament: 2 × 12.7mm BS machine guns mounted above the engine.
It strikes me that this model aircraft could – after a simple paint job – take its place in the ranks of a 1940s era imagi-nation’s air force … and may well do so in the near future!
Note: None of Matus Bisnovat’s aircraft designs went beyond the prototype stage, but he was subsequently heavily involved in rocket-propelled aircraft design, and oversaw the development of the R-40 (NATO designation: AA-6 Acrid), R-60 (NATO designation AA-8 Aphid), and R-73 (NATO designation AA-11 Archer) air-to-air missiles.