Herpa HE559874 – 1/200 Scale Tu-95MS Diecast Model
|Length||23.1 cm||9.09 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||25.0 cm||9.84 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand not included.
1/200 Scale Tupolev Tu-95MS, 182nd TBAP, VVS – Herpa HE559874
Herpa diecast model HE559874 replicates in 1/200 scale the TU-95MS (NATO reporting name, Bear H), s/n RF-94185/Red 01, named “Irkutsk.” Part of the 182nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (182nd TBAP), VVS (Russian Air Force). It is stationed at the 6952nd Air Base, Ukrainka, Russia.
Tupolev Tu-95 Bear
The Tupolev Tu-95 (NATO reporting name “Bear”) is a Russian four turboprop engined strategic bomber. It first flew in November 1952 and entered service in 1956. Designed as a nuclear bomber and with modifications, able to deployment cruise missiles. Other added missions include maritime patrol (Tu-142) civilian airliner (Tu-114) and AWACS platform (Tu-126).
The all-metal airframe construction is mainly aluminium alloy, a semi-monocoque structure with mid-mounted high aspect ratio swept-back cantilevered wing. A swept-back cantilevered tail uses a single fin with low-set horizontal tailplanes. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type. Flight crew consists of two pilots, communications operator, navigator, defence systems operator, flight engineer, and bombardier/navigator.
The Tu-95 uses four wing-mounted Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprop engines, the most powerful turboprop engine ever built, each driving two four-bladed contra-rotating propellers of over 5m (16.4 ft) diameter. It is one of the noisiest military aircraft due to the propeller tips moving faster than the speed of sound. The Tu-95 has a cruise speed of 550 km/h (340 mph), a maximum speed of 830 km/h (520 mph), a service ceiling of 13,716 m (45,000 ft) and a range of 15,00 km (9,400 mi).
Armament consists of two × 23 mm Afanasev Makarov AM-23 autocannon in tail turret. Ten external hard-points and an internal bomb bay, able to carry up to 20,400 kg (45,000 lb) of stores. Ordnance depending on variant includes cruise and anti-shipping missiles, guided or unguided bombs including nuclear.
Named after the city of Irkutsk, bomber Red 01 is part of the 182nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment, based in Ukrainka, Amur Province, in the Far Eastern part of Russia. The TU-95MS variant, introduced in 1981, carries cruise missiles, first demonstrated in 2015 during Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war.