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Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD "Flogger-K" Fighter - "White 55", 120 IAP, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 1989

Hobby Master Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD "Flogger-K" Fighter - "White 55", 120 IAP, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 1989




 
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Hobby Master HA5309 Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD "Flogger-K" Fighter - "White 55", 120 IAP, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 1989 (1:72 Scale) "Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!"
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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: Flogger) is a variable-geometry fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union. It is considered to belong to the Soviet third-generation jet fighter category, along with similarly aged Soviet fighters such as the MiG-25 "Foxbat". It was the first attempt by the Soviet Union to design look-down/shoot-down radar and one of the first to be armed with beyond visual range missiles, and the first MiG production fighter aircraft to have intakes at the sides of the fuselage. Production started in 1970 and reached large numbers with over 5,000 aircraft built. Today the MiG-23 remains in limited service with various export customers.

The basic design was also used as the basis for the Mikoyan MiG-27, a dedicated ground-attack variant. Among many minor changes, the MiG-27 replaced the MiG-23's nose-mounted radar system with an optical panel holding a laser designator and a TV camera. Ground-attack variants of the MiG-23 were also produced, and these generally saw better export success, retaining more multi-mission capability.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Soviet MiG-23MLD Flogger-K fighter known as "White 55", which was attached to 120 IAP, then deployed to Bagram AB, Afghanistan, during 1989. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7-3/4-inches
Length: 9-1/4-inches

Release Date: September 2019

Historical Account: "Floggers" - The MiG-23MLD "Flogger-K" was the ultimate fighter variant of the MiG-23. The main focus of the upgrade was to improve maneuverability, especially during high angles of attack (AoA). The pitot boom was equipped with vortex generators, and the wing's notched leading edge roots were 'saw-toothed' to act as vortex generators as well. The flight-control system was modified to improve handling and safety in high-AoA maneuvers. Significant improvements were made in avionics and survivability: the Sapfir-23MLA-II featured improved modes for look-down/shoot-down and close-in fighting. A new SPO-15L radar warning receiver was installed, along with chaff/flare dispensers.

The new and very effective Vympel R-73 (NATO: AA-11 "Archer") short-range air-to-air missile was added to inventory. No new-build "MLD" aircraft were delivered to the VVS, as the more advanced MiG-29 was about to enter production. Instead, all Soviet "MLD"s were former "ML/MLA" aircraft modified to "MLD" standard. Some 560 aircraft were upgraded between 1982 and 1985. As with earlier MiG-23 versions, two distinct export variants were offered. Unlike Soviet examples, these were new-build aircraft, though they lacked the aerodynamic refinements of Soviet "MLD"s; 16 examples were delivered to Bulgaria, and 50 to Syria. These were the last single-seat MiG-23 fighters made, and the last example rolled off the production line in December 1984.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Full complement of weapons
  • Movable variable geometry wings
  • Opening canopy with detailed cockpit
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Comes with seated pilot figure
  • Comes with display stand

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