1:72 Scale Metal Die-Cast – Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark – Length: 11.8" Wingspan: 8.25”
This J-15 model is the single seat version. The landing gear is fixed in the extended position and the box includes a metal stand where the model can be attached for display. The stand is made entirely of metal, it is very sturdy and is held together by a nut/screw assembly. The wheels can roll freely and are quite smooth (so be careful where you put this thing, or it could roll downhill). The fuselage is all metal and really quite heavy.
An interesting feature of this model is that its wings can fold (see photos) as if it were in storage inside a carrier. The hinges are very smooth, if you play with the model and invert it, the wings would fold at the hinges
The cockpit is glued shut and there is no pilot figure inside.
The model comes with 9 missiles attached (of 4 different types: two short ranged AA, 3 medium ranged AA, and two pairs of two different types of what looks like anti-ship missiles). The missiles come already attached to the model, the user does not need to do assembly.
The maker of the model, Air Force 1, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very crisp and one can see the little dots that represent the rivets holding down the panels.
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 Shenyang J-15 (Chinese: 歼-15), also known as Flying Shark (Chinese: 飞鲨, Fēishā), is a carrier-based fighter aircraft in development by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation and the 601 Institute for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's aircraft carriers. Rumors initially claimed the aircraft was to be a semi-stealth variant, yet later reports indicate the aircraft is based on the Soviet-designed Sukhoi Su-33 and is fitted with domestically produced radars, engines, and weapons. An unfinished Su-33 prototype, the T-10K-3, was acquired fromUkraine in 2001 and is said to have been studied extensively, with development on the J-15 beginning immediately afterward. While the J-15 appears to be structurally based on the Su-33, the indigenous fighter features Chinese technologies as well as avionics from the J-11B program.
The box is HUGE at 13.25 inches by 11.25 inches by 4.5 inches and looks like a little suitcase (it has a little plastic handle).