Tupolev Tu-141 STRIZH
Brengun, 1/144 scale
Reviewed by Graham Carter
‘Strizh’ means ‘Swift’ in Russian and this drone was a follow-on to the Tupolev Tu-123 and is a relatively large, medium-range reconnaissance drone. It is designed to undertake reconnaissance missions within a 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) radius, flying at transonic speeds. It can carry a range of payloads, including film cameras, infrared imagers, EO imagers, and imaging radar.
As with previous Tupolev designs, it has a dart-like rear-mounted delta wing, forward-mounted canards, and a KR-17A turbojet engine mounted above the tail. It is launched from a trailer using a solid-propellant booster and lands with the aid of a tail-mounted parachute.
It served in the Russian army during the 1970s and 80s and in the Ukrainian Army since 2014.
This resin kit comes in the standard strong little red Brengun box with a colour photo of a completed model on the top.
Inside are two clear bags containing the resin parts and separate PE fret and decal sheet.
There are just three resin casting-blocks containing the rear fuselage with attached delta wings , the engine pod, and a seven-part block containing the fin, nose fins and ‘undercarriage' parts. The latter are in name only as the craft took off from a launcher on a set of pads and landed on same. PE parts cover details for these small items.
A decal sheet covers a Russian and a Ukrainian example, both in overall light grey ( not specifically called out) and dark grey nose panels.
The drone is quite large with a length of 14.33 m (47 ft 0.25 in) and wingspan of 3.88 m (12 ft 8.5 in).
The double-sided A5 instruction sheet clearly shows where all parts go together and the colour/decal placement
Casting is, as always, faultless and the etched sheet is finely done with only tiny nubs to cut off. The major components will be easy to remove from their blocks with a saw, taking care to avoid the resin dust which has the potential to be carcinogenic.
Surface detail is more than adequate in this scale.
All-in-all, a nice little model of a current drone and if this is your scale then it is highly recommended.
Thanks to Brengun for the review sample.
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2023 by Graham Carter
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25 January, 2024
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