MDV72055 1:72 Modelsvit M-55 Geophysica

  • MDV72055 1:72 Modelsvit M-55 Geophysica
  • MDV72055 1:72 Modelsvit M-55 Geophysica
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In 1962, Myasischchev Design Bureau started work on development of high-altitude interceptor, as a countermeasure to the US reconnaissance balloon�??s program.

Results of design works evaluated in M-17 aircraft, which made it�??s maiden flight in 1982 when the reconnaissance balloon theme was not relevant anymore. In that regard, Myasischchev Design Bureau decided to revise M-17�??s airframe in order to develop new high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, named M-55.

In fact, M-55 �??Geophysica�?� (NATO reporting name: Mystic-B) became entirely new airplane. Instead of RD-36-51V jet engine, a pair of more fuel-efficient D-30-V12 jet engines were installed. Due to that reason, the whole airplane aerodynamic and construction scheme was revised. M-55 appeared to have twin boom fuselage. Many changes were applied in wing and tail design. The landing gear was the only structural unit without modifications in it.

M-55 made its maiden flight on 16th Aug 1988. In total, four aircrafts of the type have been build: 2 experimental machines and 2 pre-series ones.

After collapse of USSR, M-55 remained in services, performing research roles. It�??s civil �??debut�?� was made on �??MosAeroShow-92�?� exhibition. In 1993, M-55 flew to Italy, where was used as a test- bed of advanced scientific equipment. Few years later, it took participation in international observation of Arctic atmosphere.

M-55 set 15 FAI word records for its class.

Currently only one flying aircraft stay in service.

  • PE sheet
  • adhesive masks
  • 2 canopies (open/closed)
  • 13 sprues

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