Beriev Be-6
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Beriev Be-6

The LL-143 was developed into the Beriev Be-6 production aircraft, the first example of which was flown by M. I. Tsepilov in 1949. It differed from the prototype by having more sophisticated equipment, which included a retractable radome aft of the second step, and a redesigned nose without cannon armament. At a later stage the tail gun position was replaced by MAD (magnetic anomaly detection) equipment. The Be-6, to which NATO allocated the code-name 'Madge', carried a heavy offensive load comprising various combinations of mines, depth charges or torpedoes on underwing pylons outboard of the engines.

Be-6s operated patrol, maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine duties until the early 1970s, and a few remained in service on transport or fishery patrol duties into the late 1970s.

Beriev Be-6

 ENGINE2 x ASh-73TK, 1765kW
    Take-off weight23400 kg51588 lb
    Empty weight18827 kg41507 lb
    Wingspan33.0 m108 ft 3 in
    Length23.7 m78 ft 9 in
    Height7.6 m25 ft 11 in
    Wing area120.0 m21291.67 sq ft
    Max. speed400 km/h249 mph
    Range4900 km3045 miles
 ARMAMENT4 x 23mm machine-guns

Beriev Be-6A three-view drawing (800 x 545)

Beriev_babe, 10.12.2009

there is actually a 1/72 kit made by playcraft (aka VEB) which can still sometimes be found around. It has some accuracy issues (mainly the angle of the engine nacelles) and which will need quite a bit of scratchbuilding (even more if you plan on converting it to the version with the MAD boom) but otherwise it's a good kit (i speak from experience!!)

Royer Antony, 12.07.2009

For modelers, the only Be 6 available in plastic kit was issued by Revell years ago at scale 1/72d. So you can build the type of Be 6 with the tail gun position, and it may be necessary to re-scribe the panel lines (not recessed on the kit) and to build the interior equipments (very poor interior in the kit).

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