Quechua Fortress


Garry Tobiss examines the newly tooled quarter-scale IA-58 Pucará from Kinetic in an almost-out-of-the-box build.

Quechua Fortress

Various online sources suggest the translation of the name Pucará is ‘fortress’ in the Quechua language used in South America – also the birthplace of the aircraft.
This unusual-looking type was designed and built for counter-insurgency missions by the Argentinian company Fábrica Militar de Aviones. Entering service in May 1975, the two-seat machine is armed with two 20mm cannons and four 7.62mm machine guns, but it  can also carry bombs and/or rocket pods on three wing and fuselage hardpoints.


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