BER-72008 1/72 Tupolev I-4 Soviet pre-WW2 fighter model kit
Berkut 1/72 Tupolev I-4 Soviet pre-WW2 fighter model kit. Pic.1
The I-4 plane is the first serial Soviet all-metal fighter with the engine of aerodynamic (air) cooling. The I-4 design is a strongly marked strut-braced wing-and-a-half plane (the lower wing is 5 times less than the upper wing area). The wings and tail unit covering as well as a part of the fuselage are made of fluted chain aluminium armour, but the upper part of the fuselage and the cowling are smooth.
|Max. speed||231 km/h|
|Takeoff run||90 m|
|Landing run||210 m|
|Practical ceiling||7000 m|
|Takeoff weight||1430 kg|
|Engine||M-22, 480 p.h.|
The aircraft was designed by P. Suchoj's team under the guidance of A. Tupolev. On October 15, 1928 the chief plane was produced, and in all there were manufactured and produced about 400 planes of various modifications. The aircraft was armed with two synchronous machine-guns and could carry 4 air bombs.
It was being adopted from 1928 till 1933. Starting with 1931 the I-4 model was used for new aircraft armament trials. In summer, 1932 the first airsfirings with RS-82, missiles were conducted, launching devices were fixed on the upper wing.