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Hobby Master United States

Type Point defense fighter
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Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
MiG-15bis, USAF TC-616 (7616)
Air Power Series. This is a great version of the MiG-15bis, and Hobby Master should be congratulated for having the nerve to produce it, despite the chance there may be little interest from collectors. I've always said I missed seeing this plane in the flesh, so to speak, by two years. That's because it was tested a Kadena AFB on Okinawa in 1954, and I ended up on Okinawa in 1956 (where I saw Hellcat fighters flying about on occasion). I was 13 years old at the time, and even then would have crawled through a pit of habu snakes just for the priviledge of sitting for five minutes in a MiG-15 cockpit.

At the time, Russian planes were still a mystery, even the MiG-15, and those of us interested in such things used to cling to every issue of Air Progress and it's guestimate drawings (many done, by the way, by Matt Jefferies who later became an art director on the Star Trek television series).

My first exposure to a model of the MiG-15 was in the eigth grade, where a teacher had a wooden model built by his son. The model was painted red all over; it will be interesting to see if Hobby Master comes out with a model in the same paint scheme!

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