Most of these aircraft, but not all, have tangled in some way (mostly unsuccessfully) with the Fleet Air Arm:
Podgorica, Montenegro, 1994
KP. Looks like a crude kit at first, but in truth its not that bad. Mine was a genuine "cold war" issue from behind the Iron Curtain (early 1980s) which added a bit of authenticity. Repainted several times (used it as a test bed for some modelling techniques).
Forces of the FRY continued to use several variants of the MiG 21 after the break up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. FRY aircraft flying from odgorica and Croatian aircraft from other former Yugoslav air bases were regularly tracked by NATO naval units operating in the Adriatic sea, during Operation SHARP GUARD, the UN embargo on trade with the warring factions of the Former Yugoslavia.
Armada Argentina, Rio Grande, 1982.
Academy. Generally a nice kit, with good looking but not entirely accurate decals. The colours of the blue tail markings are far too vibrant and the squadron badge is overscale.
This aircraft was credited with the sinking of HMS SHEFFIELD in 1982 and took part
in the later sinking of the STUFT container ship, Atlantic Conveyor. Both attacks
used the Aerospatiale MM38 Air launched Exocet anti-
Armada Argentina, Rio Grande,1982.
This ancient Airfix kit was first issued in 1958 and represents the very early A
model Skyhawk. As such it is theoretically just about an acceptable base for an Argentine
During the 1982 Falklands War, the Argentine Navy's A-
In all, 22 Argentine Skyhawks (10 A-
PM. Not recommended. Crude, inaccurate, skinny, poorly fitting and the (nice looking) decals disintegrated on contact with the water.
A development of the French Mirage 3 and 5, the Argentine Air Force used the Israeli supplied Dagger fighter in the FGA role against RN ships during the 1982 Falklands conflict to good effect, pressing home their attacks with outstanding skill and bravery. A large number were lost to SAM, AAM and ground fire, but they took a heavy toll on the British forces.
This is the Iron Curtain era KP kit, which, for a long time, was considered to be
the best MiG-
When it first appeared above the skies of Korea the MiG-
Flown initially by experienced Russian and Chinese pilots, the MiGs forced most propeller
driven aircraft from the skies and were close to establishing outright North Korean
air dominance, until the US managed to rush the part-
However, not all combat encounters went in favour of the MiG-
PM (erroneously described as Su-
An aircraft of this type was responsible for the infamous shooting down of Korean Airlines commercial Flight 007 near Sakhalin island in the Soviet far east. Conspiracy, incompetence, confusion or deliberate provocation (and by which side)? Regardless, the Flagon was a very capable aircraft, widely deployed by the USSR Air Defences in the 1970s and 1980s.
Hobbycraft. Not particularly accurate, but easy to build and looks fairly convincing.
The Forger was a poor equivalent of the Harrier, hamstrung by the USSR's lack of an effective VSTOL engine like the Harrier's Rolls Royce Pegasus. Intended for local area defence of the Soviet Fleet, it was hated by its pilots, operationally ineffective and demonstrably unsafe. However, it looked the part.
Adversaries: Cold War & Modern
IAI Dagger in detail
Yak Forger in detail
Air Arm of the Red Banner Baltic Fleet,
Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, USSR, 1989
Zvezda 1/72 with Neomega resin cockpit.. A nice if simple kit. The Neomega parts are particularly good though.
The Fencer entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1975 as an advanced development
of the Su-
As well as widespread service with the Soviet Air Force, Soviet Naval units in the
Far East and Baltic also flew Fencers for long range anti-
Russian Air Force Fencers are currently (2015) deployed in Syria undertaking air
strikes against ISIL and Syrian Opposition forces. In mid November 2015, a Fencer
operating against opposition rebels near to the Turkish border was shot down by two
Like many high-
The BKL version depicted by this kit employed a unique skid arrangement alongside
its main wheels to assist with operation on soft unprepared runways or in snow,
along with a larger nose wheel and twin braking parachutes. Rocket JATO pods were
then utilised to assist with subsequent take-
Soviet Air Defence Forces -
In its original form, armament was the Kaliningrad K-
Soviet Navy Red Banner Northern Fleet
Murmansk USSR, 1987
Airfix 1/72 with scratch built interior
Kamov OKB's contra rotating rotor designs are well suited to the anti-
Russian Federation Navy Northern Fleet
Murmansk, Russian Federation 2010
Zvezda 1/72 with spare decals
The Helix was introduced inithe 19700s as an upgrade to overcome the bad weather and night operation limits of the Hormone. The external dimensions of the earlier aircraft were retained to enable compatibility with existing ships and their hangars, whilst fitting much more powerful engines and rotor blades as well as a significantly bigger cabin to carry additional ASW equipment and systems.
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