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Herpa 1:400 Wings 562812
Diecast Model
Russia, An-225 Mriya w/Buran Orbiter

1:400 Scale   Length   Width
Antonov An-225 Mriya   8.25"   8.75"
Buran Orbiter   3.5"   2.25"

The Buran programme was a Soviet and later Russian reusable spacecraft project that began in 1974 at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute in Moscow and was formally suspended in 1993. Although the Buran class was similar in appearance to NASA's Space Shuttle orbiter, and could similarly operate as a re-entry spaceplane, its final internal and functional design was different. Unlike the Space Shuttle, Buran had a capability of flying uncrewed missions, as well as performing fully automated landings. Like its American counterpart, the Buran orbital vehicle, when in transit from its landing sites back to the launch complex, was transported on the back of a large jet aeroplane - the Antonov An-225 Mriya transport aircraft, which was designed in part for this task.

Antonov An-225 Mriya

Designed as a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, the An-225 Mriya (Dream) was first flown on December 21st, 1988. The An-225 was developed as an enlarged derivative of the An-124 for carrying the Buran-class orbiter vehcile. With a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes, the An-225 held several records, including heaviest aircraft ever built and largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service.

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Buran Orbiter

Designed as a re-usable spacecraft for orbital human spaceflight, the Buran orbiter first flew on November 10, 1985. The Buran programme was started by the Soviet Union as a response to the United States Space Shuttle program and benefited from extensive espionage undertaken by the KGB of the unclassified US Space Shuttle program, resulting in many superficial and functional similarities between American and Soviet Shuttle designs.

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Herpa 1:400 Wings

The Herpa "1:400 Wings" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of civilian and military aircraft in 1:400 scale.

Herpa "1:400 Wings" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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