Hobby Master HA6402 – 1/72 Scale J-15 “Flying Shark” Diecast Model
1/72 Airpower Series
|Length||30.4 cm||11.97 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||20.4 cm||8.03 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 Shenyang J-15 “Flying Shark”, PLAN – Hobby Master HA6402
Hobby Master HA6402 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Shenyang J-15 “Flying Shark”, # 120 of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) while deployed aboard the aircraft carrier, Liaoning, during 2017.
The Shenyang J-15 “Flying Shark ” (NATO reporting name: Flanker-X2) is a 4th generation, twin-engine, single/two-seat, all-weather and carrier-capable fighter. It looks to be structurally based on the prototype Su-33, with homegrown technologies and avionics from the J-11B program. China acquired an unfinished Su-33 prototype, the T-10K-3, from Ukraine in 2001. The type first flew on August 31, 2009, entering service in 2013. Manufactured in several variants, the main models are the J-15, initial production version, the improved J-15B, tandem seat J-15S and the J-15D electronic warfare variant.
The airframe consists of a semi-monocoque fuselage, mid-mounted cantilevered swept trapezoidal wings and canards. The tail is a twin fin cantilever design with an all-moving tailplane. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type with the primary units attached to the wings roots, folding forwards; the nose wheel also retracts forward.
It uses two Shenyang WS-10 afterburning turbofan engines, giving the aircraft an approximate maximum speed of 2,940 km/h (1,830 mph), a combat radius of 1,430 km (880 mi) and a service ceiling of 20,000 m (66,000 ft).
Armament consists of one internal 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-301 autocannon in the port wing root. Twelve hardpoints, one on each wingtip, three under each wing, two on the under-fuselage centre line and one under each engine duct. Ordnance includes various air-to-air and anti-ship missiles, unguided rockets, bombs and electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods.
The Chinese navy currently operates the J-15 from two carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong. The Liaoning, ex USSR carrier “Varyag”, purchased from Ukraine incompleted, along with blueprints in 1998 and commissioned in September 2012. The Shangdong, based on the Liaoning, built in China, commissioned in December 2019.