Hobby Master HA0196 – 1/72 Scale MiG-21SMT Diecast Model
1/72 Airpower Series
|Length||20.4 cm||8.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||9.9 cm||3.90 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot figurine
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale MiG-21SMT, Soviet AF – Hobby Master HA0196
Hobby Master HA0196 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SMT (NATO reporting name: Fishbed-K), “Blue 60”. Of the 296 IAP (Fighter Aviation Regiment), VVS (Military Air Forces), one of the Soviet Air Forces, circa 1980.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name: Fishbed) is a Soviet single-seat, single-engine, lightweight supersonic fighter-interceptor. The most numerous produced supersonic jet fighter of all time, built-in 20 different variants. Designed for short duration ground-controlled interception (GCI) missions, the first flight took place on February 15, 1956, entering service in 1959. The two-seat trainers were given the NATO reporting name: “Mongol”. Made under licence in Czechoslovakia and India, China reverse engineered the MiG-21 as the Chengdu J-7/F-7. It served with over 60 countries and remains in service with many, Russian, Israeli and Romanian companies offer avionic and armament upgrades. The MiG-21 first experienced combat during the 1965 Indian-Pakistan war with the Indian Air Force (IAF). Used widely in Middle East conflicts and North Vietnam used MiG-21s against more advanced US fighters with success during the Vietnam War.
Airframe construction is mainly of aluminium with a semi-monocoque fuselage with engine air intake located in the nose and a retractable tricycle undercarriage. The cantilevered wing is a mid-mounted cropped delta with a swept tail.
Powered by a single Tumanskiy R25-300 afterburning turbojet engine mounted in the fuselage, the Mig-21 has a maximum speed 2,175 km/h (746 mph), a service ceiling of 17,000 m (55,800 ft) and maximum range of 1,300 km (808 mi).
Armament consists of one internal twin-barrel 23 mm GSh-23 cannon. Five external hard-points, able to carry up to 2,000 kg (4,400lbs) of stores: one under the fuselage on centerline and two under each wing. Ordnance included air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, unguided rockets, guided or unguided bombs and drop tanks.
All-weather interceptor and reconnaissance variant, development of the MiG-21SM, improvements include increased fuel capacity and electronic-countermeasures capability. Range increased by 250 km (155 mi) over the MiG-21SM at the expense of other aspects of performance; lower service ceiling and slower climb. The -SMT can be recognized by its larger spine.