The Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark is a carrier-based fighter aircraft in development by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation and the 601 Institute for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's aircraft carrier. It is based on the Soviet-designed Sukhoi Su-33 and it is fitted with China's radar, engines, and weapons from the J-11B program. An unfinished Su-33 prototype, the T-10K-3 was acquired from Ukraine in 2001 and it was said to be studied extensively for reverse technology: the development of the J-15 began immediately afterwards. AVIC made a very lovely model, I know I don't usually buy aircraft with hinges but it doesn't bother me in person. It also comes in a Styrofoam shell in an unattractive cardboard box, but does come with a metal display stand. This model has fixed gears but optional canopy and airbrake. Here's some pictures:
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IMO the elevator hinge is flush and recessed some what as the real plane...whereas the main wing hinge on the model is not recessed as the real plane.....the hinge used for the model main wings when it is unfolded (folded down) is exposed and fugly. Some would say they used a piano hinge style.
For me its decent looking model, maybe less details but quite accurate shapes.
Several questions to SKF:
- Engine intakes – they are covered with black plastic plates?
- Dark grey stain on the inner left vertical stabilizer - this is a paint damage? From the factory or possibly from the transport?
- How about production quality: have you found any (other) manufacturing defects on your model?
- Where did you get your model from? Ordered on internet? Can you post/PM me the link please?
I believe AVIC does marketing and high-level business, as aircraft are still referred to as Shenyang or Chengdu X-N (where X is the letter, eg J for fighters, and N the number - so J-15 for this Flying Shark) in official material I have seen,
both shenyang (avic shenyang aircraft corp) and chengdu (avic cheng du aircraft industrial (group) co., ltd) are wholly owned subsidiaries of aviation industry corp of china (avic). so in a way you're right to say that the subs are manufacturers whereas the parent does the high level sales and marketing. kinda like consolidating common services under one roof to make the organisation more effective.
not sure whether these models are actually made by avic or whether it's just a reference to the actual aircraft manufacturers... kinda like a "mcdonnell-douglass hornet f/a18" for example.