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SAM-9 Moskalev 1937 Year 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Avis 72049

Theme: Military

Era : 1919-1938

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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The Moskalev ZRK-9 "Strela" was a Soviet experimental tailless aircraft from the 1930s designed to test the performance of a low aspect ratio leaf-shaped delta wing.
Back in 1933, Alexander Moskalev designed a tailless aircraft with a rocket engine and a short span of a curved delta wing with a large sweep with wingtips and rudders, capable of flying faster than sound. Since there were no sufficiently powerful engines at that time, the Moskalevsky SAM-4 Sigma air defense system was never built, but as a result two intermediate types were created: SAM-7 Sigma and SAM-9 Strela.
The Tailless Arrow was built to test the performance of the SAM-4's radical new wing layout, using a highly swept triangular shape with moderately convex leading and trailing edges.
Positioned at shoulder height, the wing root ran from the front of the engine to the tail end and was fitted with wide-chord elevons with trim tabs. It had an unusually low aspect ratio of 0.925. Like the rest of the Arrow, the wing structure was wooden. The control surfaces were covered in fabric, but the rest of the Arrow's skin was plywood. Moskalev intended to use the 570 kW (760 hp) Hispano-Suiza 12Y engine, but only the 200 kW (270 hp) Renault 6P was available. The closed cockpit of the Strela was approximately midway along the chord, with the fairing behind it extending to a large triangular keel with a narrow chordal rudder fitted with a trim tab. The Strela had a fixed conventional undercarriage with cantilever fairings based on the Moskalevsky ZRK-5 and a sprung tail.