1/72 P-19 ARFF
The A/S32P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) is a highly mobile self-sufficient fire-fighting vehicle. It has a diesel engine powered, 4x4 all-wheel-drive chassis designed to fight fires over any terrain, and be compact enough to serve as a mobile firefighting vehicle, able to be loaded on most cargo aircraft and deployed anywhere in the world. The truck, fully loaded, can accelerate to 50 MPH in 25 seconds and has a top speed of 65 MPH. The truck is also capable of manoeuvring in difficult terrain at low speed whilst discharging a fire-fighting agent simultaneously. It can ascend and descend a 60% grade and negotiate an 18 inch obstacle. A single diesel engine powers both the truck drive train and water pump.
The P-19 is designed to be the first response vehicle on the scene of an aircraft fire emergency to rapidly extinguish aircraft fires. This truck is a mandatory flight line operations safety requirement and is essential at bases that have a flying mission. The P-19 also provides fire-fighting capability for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve installations located at municipal airports. An installation's P-19 requirement is determined by the type of aircraft frequenting the aerial facility and the resulting gallons per minute of fire-fighting agent required. This vehicle provides aircrew, passenger, weapons, and airframe fire protection at a crash site. The P-19 is air transportable by C-130 or larger aircraft.
Starting in the early 1980s, the 4x4 P-19 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) was procured in three different models: the P-19, the P-19A and the P-19B. Oshkosh, Freightliner-Rosenbauer, and JRI Inc. were vendors. Crash Rescue Equipment Services, Inc. (Dallas, TX) obtained a contract to re-manufacture the P-19 trucks in service starting in 1998/1999. Approximately 800 P-19 vehicles were procured by the USAF, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and USMC.
The differences between the three variants of the P-19 are as follows:-
- P-19:- No structural pump panel, an interior-operated roof turret and no roof access hatch;
- P-19A:- Fitted with a structural pump panel, an externally-operated roof turret and a roof hatch (this variant is operated by the US Navy and US Marine Corps);
- P-19B:- Fitted with a structural pump panel on the driver’s side, an interior-operated roof turret and no roof access hatch.
The kit has been designed using CAD and mastered using SLA technology. The body is provided in resin (comprising the spine, left and right side panels, front cab base, seat unit and two rear fenders with cast metal wheels, axles and nozzles. Etched brass provides the cab (front, two sides and roof), rear grille and all of the additional detail. Decals are provided for eight USAF/ANG/AFRES subjects.