Based on the inline
"Wildcat" designed for the Fleet Air Arm, the "Jabiru" was
produced from the Grumman Wildcat components shipped to Australia, and
re-engineered to work with the Allison engine used by the P-40s. Engineering was
by CAC, and major subassembly was by Holden Motors.
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Used as a stopgap fighter
until more powerful planes were available, the Jabirus were nororiously
noseheavy, but could dive at tremendous velocity...given enough altitude.
As stable as a rock in a dive, the most effective tactic against the more
nimble Japanese planes was to blast through their formations from above
and tear off at low altitude, easily outrunning anything flying at the
I used two venerable old Monogram
kits, the P-40 and Wildcat to do this build. Why? Cuz they are cheap, that's
why! Oh, and reasonably accurate in outline. The nose section was made from a
large plug of balsawood, glued in place and sanded until it looked
"right". It also had to conform to the spinner from the P-40, and the
firewall of the Wildcat. I'm surprised it came out as well as I had hoped!
Decals are from the spares bin,
the paint scheme reflects an RAAF Spitfire type scheme to avoid being shot
down by allied forces.