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Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2013
Su-47, S-37 Berkut
Aircraft Collection. Of the four or five people who have found
this web page, all have no doubt read about the German WWII jet-powered
design projects that included forward-swept wings. (I've
included three drawing that I lifted from Luft '46.) That makes
the Berkut design concept at least 50 years old, depending on when
work on the S-37 began. But, of course, the difference between concept
and flyable product is miles apart, and Russia's aviation industry
has now proved the concept (though I understand that the Berkut requires
considerable computer-aided input to stay airborne, which is also
true of some recent advanced designs from other countries).
To the subject at hand,
this is my first Gaincorp diecast, and I'm not sure this type of poseable
model is my cup of tea. (Yes, I know, its not tea, its a ...) The
model is well made, though the aileron-like devices tend to droop
and gap, and movement is often limited to only one of the two ways
they're supposed to move. In concept and construction, this model
is much like the Witty diecast it is shown with; the big difference
is that the Witty models are smooth, with no rivet heads, while the
Gaincorp has quite a few rivet holes in the control surfaces and body
Bloggy woggy, doodle.
Yesterday, I was trying to find out why my "&" icon wouldn't display
on the line with the web page title, and I stumbled on a page that
listed statistics for this site, including the number of hits, and
world areas where the hits originated. After reading the stats, I
felt like the character that Weird Al played in UHF
after he found out his girl had left him and that he was going to
lose the station, and before he stumbled on the guy with the mop.
The vast part of the views are from...Croatia?