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#AA-4073   1/144 scale  Tupolev TB-3  The world's first 4-engined monplane bomber

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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113 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 290 mm

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Length 174 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 1925, the Soviet Air Force approached the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute with a requirement for a heavy bomber with total engine output of 1,970hp. Tupolev OKB was selected to start design work in 1926. The mock-up was approved in 1929, and was given military designation TB-3 and civilian designation ANT-6. In 1931, the Soviet Air Force approved mass production of TB-3 after the first prototype made its maiden flight successfully. The first pre-production TB-3 flew in 1932. However, subsequent production aircraft were found to be heavier than the prototype which significantly hampered performance. It was planned to withdraw from service in 1939. With outbreak of the World War II, the TB-3 was deferred as a night bomber and cargo/paratroop transport. The TB-3 was also used in a special project as a fighter mothership in the Zveno projects, different combinations of the I-16, I-5 and I-Z fighters and were attached to the fuselage and wings to provide the bomber with its own self-defenece capacbility. One squardron of these strange Zveno aircraft saw service during the War.

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Long-range heavy bomber

To design a heavy bomber as per Soviet Air Force requirement

41.80m.

25.10m.

8.50m

4x Mikulin AM-34RN piston engine

152 mph (245 km/h)

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6x 7.62mm machine gun / 2000 kg bomb load

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Model References

The Tupolev TB-3 package contents secret kits of five 1/144 Soviet fighter as bonus:

The Tupolev TB-3 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Soviet experimental aircraft

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Pre-war Soviet heavy bomber

Kalinin K-7

Petlyakov Pe-8

Tupolev TB-3

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