Hobby Master HA2714 – 1/72 Scale F-2B Diecast Model
|Length||21.5 cm||8.50 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.5 cm||6.10 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Mitsubishi F-2B – Hobby Master HA2714
Hobby Master HA2714 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Mitsubishi F-2B, s/n 33-8116, 21 Hikotai, 4 Kokudan, JASDF, with “Return to Matsushima AB” tail scheme, March 2016.
The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, flooded the Matsushima Air Base, Japan, damaging or destroying 28 aircraft. They including 18 Mitsubishi F-2 fighters of the JASDF’s 21 Hikotai (squadron) 4 Kokudan (air wing). The first repaired F-2 returned to Matsushima on April 22, 2015. F-2B 33-8116 the third F-2B restored returned in March 2016. Wearing a special tail scheme to commemorate the return.
The Mitsubishi F-2 is a Japanese multi-role fighter. The first flight took place on October 7, 1995, and entered service in 2000, replacing the Mitsubishi F-1. A derivative of the General Dynamics F-16 Agile Falcon. Developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin supplies the aft fuselage, leading-edge slats and stores management system. As well as a large portion of wing-boxes, avionics and other components. Kawasaki provides the fuselage midsection, main wheel doors and engine. Mitsubishi built the forward fuselage and wings. The digital fly-by-wire system is a joint development by Japan Aviation Electric and Honeywell. Suppliers of communication systems and IFF interrogators include Raytheon, NEC, Hazeltine, and Kokusai Electric. Final assembly is in Japan, at Mitsubishi Komaki-South facility in Nagoya.
Planned to enter service by 1999, structural problems delayed service entry until 2000. Issues with cost-efficiency saw the initial order of 141 reduced to 98 including the four prototypes. Delivery of the last aircraft occurred on September 27, 2011.
The F-2A is the single-seat fighter variant. The F-2B, two-seat variant for conversion and proficiency training, replaced the Mitsubishi T-2s.
The Mitsubishi F-2 cockpit is equipped with three multi-function liquid crystal displays and a head-up display (HUD). The F-2 uses J/APG-1 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar. The first AESA equipped combat aircraft. The aircraft utilises a single General Electric F110-GE-129 after-burning turbofan engine.
The wing design is of the F-16 Agile Falcon. A larger wing than the F-16As. To minimise weight, the skin, spars, ribs and wing caps are of a graphite-epoxy composite. Co-cured together in an autoclave. Initially, this technology had problems but the weight savings, improved range, and offered stealth properties. Later Lockheed Martin transferred the technology to America. Mitsubishi has also designed the lower-wing box structure to use a graphite-epoxy composite.
The F-2B has the capabilities of the F-2A with less internal fuel and no rear seat HUD.
The main differences in the F-2 from the F-16A are a 25% larger wing, use of composite materials. As well as an extended and broader nose to accommodate a J/APG-1/J/APG-2 (AESA) radar. Larger tail-plane and air intake. Along with three-piece cockpit canopy. Additional capabilities for ASM-1 or ASM-2 anti-ship missiles, AAMs, and extra fuel tanks.
The F-2A has a maximum speed of Mach 2.0 (2,450 km/h, 1,522 mph). The service ceiling of 18,000 m (59,000 ft). Combat range of 833km (518mi) and ferry range of 4,000 km (2,486 mi).
The F-2 has 11 hard-points, six under the wings, two on the wingtips and one under the fuselage. Capable of carrying up to 8,085 kg (17,820 lb) of external stores. Including air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles. Along with JDAM and unguided bombs. One 20-mm JM61A1 cannon in the leading edge of the port wing root. Pods include J/AAQ-2 Forward looking infrared (FLIR), AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP.