Beriev A-50 Mainstay (Russian AWACS, E-3) 1/200 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Amercom

$ 27.99

1:200 Scale Diecast Metal - Beriev A50 Mainstay (AWACS, AEW) Length: 9.5"  Wingspan: 10”

 

This Mainstay model has its landing gear modeled in the extended position and is fixed. A display stand with information about the particular model is included.

 

At a 1/200 scale, this model is compatible with the airline models. What is interesting is that the cockpit windshield in this model is actually made of clear plastic with very detailed painting. I mention this because in the airline models it is usually just painted on. 

 

This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.

 

The maker of this model, Amercom, did a good job with this model, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved). 

The packaging of these models is very minimal, nothing more than a simple blister pack with the model sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells. The packaging is really best described as "disposable"; although this is done in part to keep costs down, it nevertheless keeps the model safe and secure.The packaging might be low cost, but it is quite sturdy and serves its purpose well.

 

The pack measures 12 inches by 12 inches by 3.25 inches.

 

The Beriev A-50 (NATO reporting name "Mainstay") is a Soviet-built Airborne early warning and control(AEW) aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport. The existence of the A-50 was revealed in 1980 by Adolf Tolkachev.[1] Developed to replace the Tupolev Tu-126 "Moss", the A-50 first flew in 1978. It entered service in 1984, with about 40 produced by 1992.