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Moskalev "STRELA"
1/72 scale
Price US$15
(plus P/P)

History
In 1934 Soviet a/c designer A.S.Moskalev began to study the delta and oval wing aircraft projects. He submitted the project of a high-speed delta-wing fighter powered with two tandem "Hispano-Suiza" engines, driving two coaxial propellers. The VVS authorities suggested to test this idea on a more conventional plane. The project of such flying test bed, called "Strela" ("Arrow"), was created in three (!) days, the plane itself was finished in 70 days. It was a small wooden airplane powered with one Reno (140hp) engine. Flying tests began in spring 1937. Several flights were made by experienced test pilots. They showed that the plane was obviously underpowered and was very difficult to control because of the unusual wing shape. Nevertheless Moskalev was told to continue the development of a delta-wing fighter, based on "Strela" flight test results. Such project was submitted by him in 1944, but by this time Moskalev himself realized that such a project had to be powered with a jet engine to achieve the subsonic speed of flight. It's interesting to note, that the same delta-wing projects were studied in Germany by Dr. A.Lippisch, but somewhat later.
SAM-9 "Strela" data:
Length .....................6.15 m
Span.........................3.55 m
Wing area.................13sq.m
Take-off weight..........630 kg
Top speed.................310km/h

Boxtop art
Model by L.Mumford
Parts photo (transparent canopy not shown)
Original drawing

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