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Antonov An-12B cargo aircraft 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 1470

Theme: Military

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Military Transport Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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An-12 (product "T", according to NATO codification: Cub) is a Soviet military transport aircraft. Developed at the Antonov ASTC in the 1950s.

Presumably, the development of the An-12 aircraft was initiated by N. S. Khrushchev during a visit to the Antonov Design Bureau (AKB). During the inspection of the An-8, the First Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee asked what analogues were available abroad, and after he learned that all aircraft of this class are equipped with four engines, he expressed the opinion that aircraft with four engines should also be made in the USSR. After that, Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov conceived the future An-12.

The aerodynamic scheme of the aircraft is a four-engine turboprop high-wing aircraft with a single-fin tail unit and a tail cargo hatch.

The fuselage of the aircraft, with a raised tail section and a large cargo hatch, provides convenient conditions for loading and unloading bulky cargo, as well as their parachute landing. An onboard loading device (beam crane) with a lifting capacity of 2.8 tons and an easily removable conveyor facilitate and speed up the processes of loading, mooring and unloading. The design of the fuselage almost completely coincides with the design of the An-10 fuselage. The main difference is the aft fuselage of the aircraft, which has a cargo hatch and a tail gun mount with an air gunner's cockpit. In the middle part of the fuselage, instead of the passenger compartment of the An-10, there is a cargo cabin, the front part of the aircraft with the cockpit almost completely coincides structurally with the front part of the An-10. The crew cabin is sealed and separated from the non-pressurized cargo cabin by a pressure bulkhead with a door.

The landing gear of the aircraft has a high cross-country ability, which allows it to take off from unpaved, snow-covered and ice airfields. Loading of large equipment and cargo is carried out through a cargo hatch in the rear of the fuselage. Thanks to the “high-wing” scheme, the level of the cargo floor of the aircraft is located close to the ground, which simplifies and facilitates its loading. Loading and unloading is carried out using cargo ladders, side winches BL-52 (BL-1500 on An-12B, GL-1500DP - An-12BK), a beam crane with a lifting capacity of 2800 kg and a TG-12MV conveyor. For parachute landing of equipment on platforms, a conveyor is installed on the aircraft. On the floor there are nests for installing a stretcher and mooring knots.