Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-19S Farmer C
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-19; NATO reporting name: Farmer) is a Soviet second generation, single-seat, twin jet-engined fighter aircraft. It was the first Soviet production aircraft capable of supersonic speeds in level flight. A comparable U.S. "Century Series" fighter was the North American F-100 Super Sabre, although the MiG-19 would primarily oppose the more modern McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and Republic F-105 Thunderchief over North Vietnam.
Like all Soviet fighters, the MiG-19 was widely exported to Warsaw Pact nations and those friendly to the USSR. They were often offered at bargain prices, though spares were expensive and often difficult to obtain depending on the political climate of the time.
All Soviet-built MiG-19 variants were single-seaters only, although the Chinese developed the Shenyang JJ-6 trainer version of the Shenyang J-6. With stabilization problems and "numerous crashes", the Russians had lost faith in the MiG-19, and moved on to the newly emerging MiG-21.
The J-6 remained a staple of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) until the 1980s and has also been developed into the Nanchang Q-5 (NATO reporting name"Fantan") attack aircraft. Despite its age, the MiG-19 and its descendants exhibit good handling characteristics at low altitude and a surprisingly high rate of climb, and their heavy cannon armament, (a one-second burst from three 30 mm (1.181 in) Nudelman-Rikhter NR-30 cannon had a total projectile mass of 18 kg (40 lb) making the MiG-19 a formidable adversary in close combat.
Russian built MiG-19s were still in service in North Korea and Zambia as of 2014.
Instruction seem a bit dated, even for Trumpeter. They are well drawn and call for a green cockpit and light blue wheel wells. Check references. Markings are for three planes. One is the box art Soviet aircraft, one is a Chinese J-6, and one is a rather fancifully painted blue and yellow with gold trim East German aircraft. You get additional nose numbers in two sizes and fonts. Decals are well printed, but I'd go aftermarket for more interesting schemes.
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