The Fairchild Republic A-10 "Warthog" is a single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. This is the only United States Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support of ground forces.
The A-10 was built to attack tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses.
It also provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.
With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10's service life has been extended to 2040.
The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a rotary cannon that is the airplane's primary armament and the heaviest cannon ever mounted on an aircraft. The A-10's airframe was designed for survivability, and features 1,200 pounds of armor plating.
MIBOJETS A-10 "WARTHOG" is now available as a 5th generation kit. It features the popular gen 5 upgrades plus a few refinements.. Gen 5.5 is coming as fully electrically operated. No pneumatic system is present in the plane.
A complete description of the Gen 5.5 upgrade with lots of detail pictures is available on our technical blog.
These work packages made at the factory by the Mibo team with specific setup rigs will save you 50 hours of work and will ensure a perfect operations of these critical components.
Additionally, the following items are included with the basic kit, which were to be purchased with the go-fly package previously. These are to be installed by the customer. Factory installation of the scale accessories is included in the extra work package listed in the accessories.
Compared to Gen 4, the new version features the following improvements:
For Gen 5.5, Mibo re-worked a bit the carbon fiber bulkheads from CAD, as well as the ribs and spars to further reduce the weight of the structure, while improving its strength. Additionally, the wings and fuselage feature new strategic reinforcements, making this plane suitable for more powerful engine options up to 140N of thrust. Yet when equipped with our super light B-100F and no ordnance, this plane stays below the 20 kgs mark for world class scale competitions.
The full kevlar fiber fuselage includes in-mold installed carbon/Airex bulkheads and landing gear structure, making it one of most refined and achieved JWM class airplane available in the world as a kit. Stringers and carbon fiber have been added around the hatch and on the flat portion of the fuselage walls.
The wings are similarly built from an Airex/kevlar fiber sandwich skin with carbon fiber/ airex, carbon fiber/ plywood ribs and specifically designed carbon fiber spar. This keeps the weight incredibly low while conserving the legendary strength of this model. Reinforcements have been added around the landing gear mounting bulges. The internal structure now looks very close to a certain Yak 130...
The flaps are now fully fowler articulated in a 100% scale motion.
The ailerons in the moulds:
The new set of CAD designed and 3D printed scale details:
The fowler flaps installed on the prototype with the scale details fitted:
The engine nacelles are designed to house an optional sliding engine cradle that renders installation very easy.
This system is optimally suited for the B-100F where minimal connections will be made upon sliding the engine assembly.
The expertise of Mibo in composite design and production has achieved the world highest levels and is very close to the best Russian JWM focused productions is terms of weight to volume ratio as well as overall strength. The level of scale realism of the kit is simply outstanding.
There were two Mibo A-10 present at the 2013 JWM in the hands of Martin Sannwald from Switzerland and Eduard Morbitzer from Austria.
The best result of scale craftsmanship on a development version of our Gen. 4 kit was at TOP GUN 2008 for the team of Mike Selby & Ray Johns with:
Mibojets A-10 basic specifications
Scale: 1: 5,8
Wingspan: 3,00 m (118 inches)
Fuselage length 2,75 m (108 inches)
Wing area 133,9 dm2 (2100 square inches)
Kit weight 19.8 kg and up depending on engine, equipment and construction
Turbines: 2 x 80N - 140N
RC functions: Rudder, elevator, ailerons, throttle, flaps, landing gear, brakes
Optional functions: opening canopy, cockpit ladder, fueling hatch, strobes and lights.
All new scale landing gear including electric Behotec C50 retracts and Euroretract struts in 7075 aluminium and direct steering link.