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C-40A Clipper

Hasegawa 1/200 C-40A Clipper Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2015 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject C-40A Clipper Scale 1/200
Kit Number 10816 Primary Media Styrene
Pros First kit of the Poseidon Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $34.99

First Look

Grumman C-40A Clipper
Grumman C-40A Clipper
Grumman C-40A Clipper

In 2000, the U.S. Navy issued a requirement for a replacement for the C-9B Skytrain II which was used for fleet logistics. Boeing offered the 737-700C which provided a modern and easier to maintain airframe which shares components with other 737-based airframes in service. The Air Force also selected the C-40 to replace the C-137 (Boeing 707) and these are recognizable by their large wingtips used by the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). They operate the C-40B for VIP service and the C-40C for transport and operational support duties.

Hasegawa has released a number of 737-based kits in 1/200 scale and they've done their usual nice job. Molded in light gray styrene, the kit is presented on two parts trees plus two trees of white parts and one tree of smoke-tinted clear parts. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Fuselage has innovative forward bulkhead with heavy screw for ballast
  • Nicely detailed CFM-56 engine pods
  • Landing gear can be posed down or retracted
  • Optional display stand included (smoke-tinted clear parts)
  • Optional BBJ winglets for the C-40B/C.

The kit provides markings for two options:

  • C-40A, 165830, VR-57, -/830, USN, 'Spirit of New York City'
  • C-40A, 165833, VR-59, RY/833, USN, 2006, 'Spirit of the Pentagon'
  • C-40A, 166693, VR-57, -/693, USN, 2013
  • C-40A, 166694, VR-59, -/694, USN

As with the other kits in Hasegawa's 1/200 series, this will be an easy build with the right patience and tools and will make a nice desk model for the 737 modeler!

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!