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.
| ENGINE||2 x ASh-73TK, 1765kW|
| Take-off weight||23400 kg||51588 lb|
| Empty weight||18827 kg||41507 lb|
| Wingspan||33.0 m||108 ft 3 in|
| Length||23.7 m||78 ft 9 in|
| Height||7.6 m||25 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||120.0 m2||1291.67 sq ft|
| Max. speed||400 km/h||249 mph|
| Range||4900 km||3045 miles|
| ARMAMENT||4 x 23mm machine-guns|
|A three-view drawing (800 x 545)|
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).
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?