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Dragon 1/144 PLA J15 Flying Shark Naval Fighter Kit

Dragon 1/144 PLA J15 Flying Shark Naval Fighter Kit

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China’s first aircraft carrier, the refurbished Varyag acquired from Ukraine in 1998, took to the sea on 10 August this year. Leaving its dock at Dalian, it undertook a maiden four-day sea trial. China has long been working at providing the People’s Liberation Army Navy with an aircraft carrier, a military asset that befits a global power. China has simultaneously been developing a fighter to operate from its future fleet of carriers, and the type selected is known as the J-15 from the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) and 601 Institute. The J-15 “Flying Shark” is heavily based on the Russian Sukhoi Su-33 ship-borne fighter, but it features a locally made radar system and weapons. Powered by a pair of AL-31F turbofan engines, the J-15’s maiden flight occurred in August 2009. The Shenyang J-15 performed its first ski-jump takeoff in May 2010, and its development is continuing at a rapid pace, including with indigenous WS-10 engines.

Mirroring China’s own design path for the country’s first-generation carrier-borne fighter, Dragon has based its 1/144 scale plastic kit of the J-15 on the company’s previously released Su-27 and Su-33 kit. However, the J-15 model has received parts like the arresting hook at the rear of the fuselage. The J-15 model is finely detailed in 1/144 scale, and it will quickly assemble into an authentic-looking model. The maiden voyage of China’s first carrier is a significant milestone, and it’s expected a series of advanced J-15s will eventually be embarked onboard for training purposes. Following on from the recent release of the J-20 stealth fighter, modelers can now reinforce their Chinese air power with the J-15 “Flying Shark”!
- Fuselage with fine detail on all surfaces
- Intricate tow hook included
- Transparent canopy reproduced
- Detailed landing gear can be assembled in either flying or taxiing modes
- Detailed exhaust nozzle
- Movable canards delicately produced
- R-27 and R-73 missile ordnance included
- Cartograf decals with various marking options

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