1/144 scale Alexeyev KM Ekranoplan - Caspian sea monster

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#AA-4066   1/144 scale  Alexeyev KM Ekranoplan  Caspian Sea monster

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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100 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 277 mm

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Length 676 mm

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Unit price: US$168

Shipping charge: US$35

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 early 1960s, the Soviet Navy command was urgently needed a fast military transport capable of carrying a large payload on the shore of Caspian Sea and Black Sea. The Minister of Defense recognized a Wing-In-Ground effect vehicle which basically allowed for a greater weight aircraft to utilized the low-altitude lift over water for increased range and better fuel economy. As Alexeyev's Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau conceived some WIG designs at the time, the firm received support from military to build the test platform, the KM Ekranoplan. The construction was started In 1963. The KM made its first flight in 1967 with Alexeyev himself in control. In the course of testing the the optimum flight altitude in WIG mode proved to be 4 to 14m. At that time the KM was the largest flying vehicle in the world. The KM performed as a testbed until it crashed due to pilot error in 1980. It proved valuable in evolving the scientific basis for the design, construction and testing of ekranoplans.

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Wing-In-Ground (WIG) effect floatplane

To response an order placed by Soviet Navy for a gigantic WIG vehicle  

40m.

97.40m.

22m

10x Dobrynin VD-7 turbojets engine

280 mph

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150 tonnes

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Model References

The Alexeyev KM Ekranoplan package contents secret kits of three 1/144 Russian aircraft as bonus:

The Alexeyev KM is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Soviet Ekranoplan

Alexeiev KM

Alexeiev Lun

Alexeiev A-90 Orlyonok

Modern Soviet navy aircraft

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