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#AA-4006   1/144 scale  Tupolev Tu-126 Moss  Soviet airborne warning & control system

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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206 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 357 mm

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Length 402 mm

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Unit price: US$88

Shipping charge: US$14

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In mid 1950s, the USSR Council of Ministers was spurred by the thread from the U.S. strategic bomber. The possible objective for the Soviet Union at the time was to create the "eyes" from the upper hemisphere for country's defenses. In 1958, the requirement of the first Soviet Airborne Warning and Control System was identified. As the Tu-95 bear bomber was the most high-altitude airplane at the time, the Tupolev bureau was assigned to develop a new platform that based from the Tu-95. The result was the Tu-126 AWACS airplane. According to the decision, Tupolev engineers found that it is impossible to squeeze all the necessary equipment into the slim Tu-95 fuselage. In 1960, the USSR Navy approved to form the Tu-126 on the basis of Aeroflot Tu-114 airliner which was significantly greater diameter and volume of the airframe. The Tu-126 was produced in limited numbers and was believed to have entered service in 1971. In 1980s the Beriev A-50 Mainstay began development, and Tu-126 was finally replaced by the A-50 in 1991.

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Airborne early warning and control system airplane

To build for airborne early warning missions

51.40m.

57.90m.

15.30m

4x Kuznetsov NK-12MV turboprops engine

460 mph

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Model References

The Tupolev Tu-126  package contents secret kits of three 1/144 Soviet electronic aircraft as bonus:

The Tupolev Tu-126 Moss is suitable to group with the following collection series.

AEW/ AWACS airplane

Antonov An-71 Madcap

BAe Nimrod AEW Mk3

Beriev A-50 Mainstray

Boeing E-3 Sentry

Boeing NC-135

Boeing AWACS-767 JDF

Grumman E-1 Tracer

Grumman E-2 Hawkeye

Lockheed EC-130V Hercules

Lockheed P-3 Orion

Tupolev Tu-126 Moss

Yakovlev Yak-44

Tupolev Tu-95 family

Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Tupolev Tu-114 Cleat

Tupolev Tu-126 Moss

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Modern Soviet aircraft