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Trumpeter 1/72 scale FC-1 Fierce Dragon/JF-17 Thunder

Molded in light gray plastic, this model kit sports excellent surface scribing, a large number of finely detailed parts, and a photoetched-metal sheet for the exhaust, HUD, and seat harness.

By Phil Pignataro
Published: July 6, 2011
In the late 1990s, China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex collaborated on a design to replace Pakistan’s aging fleet of A-5 fighter-bombers and F-7 and Mirage III/5 interceptors. In February 2010, as a result of this effort, the JF-17 entered service in the Pakistan air force with No. 26 Squadron, the Black Spiders.
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