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Chinese PLAAF Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon Stealth Fighter [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:144 Scale)
PLAAF Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon Stealth Fighter [Low-Vis Scheme]

Air Force 1 PLAAF Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon Stealth Fighter [Low-Vis Scheme]




 
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Air Force 1 AF10130 PLAAF Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon Stealth Fighter [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:144 Scale)

"Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed."
- Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

The Shenyang J-31 (or "FC-31 fifth Generation Multi-Purpose Medium Fighter") also known as the "Gyrfalcon" or "Falcon Hawk" by some military enthusiasts, is a twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter currently under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. The fighter has also been referred to as the "F-60" or "J-21 Snowy Owl" in some media reports. Its official name is Shenyang FC-31; J-xx nomenclatures in the Chinese military are reserved to programs launched and financed by the army, while this plane was developed by a private company.

The J-31 airframe was publicly unveiled on November 12th, 2014, at Zhuhai Airshow. In TV broadcast of the unveiling, AVIC chairman Lin Zuoming claimed that funding for the aircraft came entirely from the company, with no input from military.

As typical in flight displays of fighter jets, afterburners were engaged throughout the maneuvers. Nevertheless, Western media claimed it to be evidence of aerodynamic inefficiencies, concluding that the aircraft "bleeds a lot of energy and the pilot had a hard time keeping the nose up." Flights were done when the jet was "clean," so results would be worse when fitted with a combat loadout. However, a large-scale model of the FC-31 on display did show some detail changes of configuration compared to the flying prototype.

At the 2015 Dubai Airshow, AVIC released more details regarding the aircraft's capabilities. The company revealed it is still looking for a partner in the aircraft project, and is actively marketing the aircraft to People's Liberation Army Air Force. AVIC's plan is to have a production model first flight by 2019.

Pictured here is a 1:144 scale replica of a PLAAF Shenyang J-31 Gyrfalcon stealth fighter. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 3-1/4-inches
Length: 4-3/4-inches

Release Date: May 2017

Historical Account: "Mix or Max" - Due to mixed reports from China, it is unknown as to whether the J-31 will be inducted as a naval fighter, or only intended for foreign customers. In one interview with China's state media, the J-31's chief designer Sun Cong expressed his hope that the aircraft would follow his J-15 onto China's aircraft carriers. However, officials from AVIC only said that the aircraft was intended for export as a competitor to the F-35.

In 2015, Jiangsu A-Star Aviation Industries Company marketed its EOTS-86 infra-red search and track as a possible addition to the J-31.

An improved prototype, with modifications to the vertical stabilizers, wings, and airframe, an electro-optical targeting system, a larger payload, improvements in stealth, and upgraded electronics, made its maiden flight in December 2016.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Full weapons loadout
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with heavy metal display stand

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