Hobby Master HA2712B – 1/72 Scale Mitsubishi F-2A Diecast Model
1/72 Scale Airpower Series
|Length||21.5 cm||8.50 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.5 cm||6.10 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 Mitsubishi F-2A, JASDF – Hobby Master HA2712B
Hobby Master HA0197 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Mitsubishi F-2A, serial number 03-8509 in a special paint scheme to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in 2014. The aircraft is from the 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), based at Misawa Air Base.
The Mitsubishi F-2 is a Japanese single-seat, single-engine multi-role fighter based on the General Dynamics F-16 Agile Falcon. The first flight took place on October 7, 1995, entering service in 2000. Developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with Lockheed Martin. The F-2A is the single-seat fighter variant and the F-2B a two-seat trainer. Production ended in 2011 with 98 airframes completed.
Construction is mainly of aluminium alloy and carbon fibre composites with a semi-monocoque fuselage, mid-mounted cantilevered trapezoidal wings and leading-edge extensions (LEX). The tail unit is a cantilever swept-back structure with a single fin and all-moving horizontal (stabilator) tail-planes. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
Powered by a single General Electric F110 is an axial flow, afterburning turbofan jet engine, giving the F-2A has a maximum speed of 2,450 km/h (1,522 mph), a service ceiling of 18,000 m (59,000 ft). Combat range of 833 km (518 mi) and ferry range of 4,000 km (2,486 mi).
Armament consisted of 0ne 20-mm JM61A1 cannon mounted in the port wing root. Eleven external hard-points, able to carry up to 8,085 kg (17,820 lb) of stores: three under each wing, one on each wingtip and one under the fuselage centerline. Able to carry air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles, guided and unguided bombs, mission-specific pods and drop tanks.
Japan did not have a self-standing air force until July 1954 with the formation of the Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) and its three branches, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Army), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Navy) and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force ( Air Force). Previously, aviation operations were carried out by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service (IJAAS) and the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS), both were disbanded in 1945 by the United States–written constitution preventing Japan from having a regular military.