A Soviet-built third-generation jet fighter, the MiG-23 was developed in the late 1960s and was officially introduced in 1970. There were two production variants: the "M" series was the interceptor-fighter model, while the "B" series served in the fighter-bomber role. More than 5,000 MiG-23s were ultimately manufactured, and it has seen extensive service around the world, including in Cuba, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Though retired in Russia, it remains operational in 12 national militaries.
A Hobby Master replica of a USAF-flown MiG-23MS during the 1980s — serving with the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, tasked with operating Soviet aircraft to better learn their technology — this 1/72 scale, die cast model features a camouflage paint scheme, engraved panel lines, a sliding canopy, a removable pilot figure, a well-equipped cockpit including instrument panel, a detailed afterburning turbojet, full weapons complement, sweepable wings, optional-position landing gear, authentic 1980s markings, and a stylish presentation stand. Measures approximately 9¼" long with a 7¾" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA5303