Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
|Length||23.2 cm||9.1 in||Approx|
|Wingspan swept||10.8 cm||4.2 in||Approx|
|Wingspan spread||19.4 cm||7.6 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Variable-sweep wings
- Canopy displayable opened or closed
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA5308 – 1/72 Scale MIG-23MS, IrAF
Hobby Master diecast model HA5308 replicates in 1/72 scale the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MS (NATO reporting name Flogger-E), s/n 4012 of No.39 Squadron, Iraqi Air Force (IrAF), circa 1981.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: Flogger) is a Soviet single-seat, single-engine, variable-sweep wings, supersonic fighter and fighter-bomber. It first flew on June 10, 1967, entering service in 1970, intended to replace the MiG-21. Hard to fly, limited operational serviceability and high operating costs, it did not replace the MiG-21 as intended. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Air Force placed all MiG-23s and MiG-27s into storage, it remains in service with export customers. The most significate models were the -S series: the first production models; the improved -M series: first massed produced variant. Downgraded export versions were the -MS and -MF. The -U series a two-seat trainer and the -B series a ground-attack aircraft.
Airframe construction is of metal, mainly aluminium, a semi-monocoque fuselage with the engine air intake located on each side of the fuselage under the wing gloves. Wings are cantilevered, shoulder-mounted with variable-sweep. The conventional tail has a single cantilevered fin with all-moving tail-planes. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type.
Powered by a single Khatchaturov R-35-300 afterburning turbojet engine mounted internally in the rear fuselage, the MiG-23 has a maximum speed of 2,200 km/h (1,788.8 mph), a service ceiling of 18,500 m (60,695 ft) and range of 1,150 km (710 mi).
Armament consists of a single 23mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23L twin-barrel 23mm cannon in a GP-9 gun pod under the fuselage. With six external hardpoints able to carry up to 3000kg (6,610lbs) of payload; four under the fuselage, one under each wing glove. Double pylons became available in 1974, enabling two missiles per station. Ordnance includes air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-shipping, decoy and cruise missiles, unguided bombs, rockets.