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Kamov Ka-50 "Black Shark" #RL0126
Kamov Ka-50 "Black Shark"
Military Helicopter
Revell / Germany

The Kamov Design Bureau commenced development of the single seat, twin rotor Ka-50 “Black Shark” attack helicopter in 1977.  The Ka-50 prototype was in direct competition with the more traditional two-seat, single rotor Mi-28 then being developed by the Mil Bureau.  As for the Ka-50, reliable automated flight systems and other advanced avionics then being developed convinced the Kamov Design Bureau that a single pilot could operate the Ka-50.  The reduction in weight brought about by only one pilot improved the overall performance of the Ka-50, as well as, reduced the overall cost to produced this innovative attack helicopter.  The initial V-80 prototype made its first flight on June 17, 1982 followed by the second V-80 on August 16, 1983.  These two aircraft undertook competitive trials with the Mil 28.  The first V-80 prototype aircraft was subsequently lost in a tragic crash on April 1985 and a third machine joined the trails in early 1986, with all trials completed by August of that same year.  The Kamov design won the initial contract and by 1990 four development aircraft were involved.  Given the N.A.T.O. code name “Hokum” the Ka-50 was publicly unveiled in 1992 and the second production aircraft named “Werewolf” made its western debut in 1992 at the Farnborough air show.  The Ka-50 utilizes an innovative pilot ejection seat that explosively releases the two rotor blades above the pilot when he ejects himself from a stricken helicopter.  The Ka-50 is heavily armed with side mounted 30 mm cannon along with four under wing pylons that can carry a variety of bombs, mines, rockets and antitank laser guided missiles.  Due to funding problems, production and service entry has been slow to materialize.  This Kamov Ka-50 “Black Shark” scaled model includes the following: 1) Authentic markings for a Ka-50 serving in the Army Training Center in Torzhok; 2) Clear plastic cockpit “glass” area; 3) Clear plastic optical lens; 4) Counter rotating rotors; 5) Molded in olive drab colored plastic; 6) Rivet detail; 7) Separately molded missiles and rockets that are mounted on four under wing pylons and 8) Illustrated assembly instructions.  The box is in new condition.  Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried.


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