This kit is based upon an article published in Aviation Week 1st december 1958 issue. It follows with great fidelity the three view drawing published down to the markings applied . The "Miyasischiev Bounder" was then unknown in the West and the Aurora kit is still the only model of this interesting Russian bomber (scale is about 1/144)
Strangely in France "Aviation Magazine" strongly doubted the revelation of this A-plane by their AW colleagues and immediately reacted t (issue n°266 dated " 1er Janvier 1959") by noticing the "opportunity" of this revelation at a time of discussion of the USAF budget. .
Four years later in RAF Flying Review vol XVII / N°3 , the model reviewer Michael Farmer wrote in a now classic article titled "it's a Bounder , but..." that under the fictious name stuck onto it by the manufacturer hides a good 1/150 model of the Bounder . He even offered accurazing tips .
Illustration from the 1959 catalogue
A model restored by Mat Irvine, famous model reviewer specializing in advanced technology subjects… (photo : Mat Irvine)
Strangely in 1962 the UK agent of Aurora announces as new for X-mas the two fake Russian aircraft which are a bit difficult to swallow for the least knowledgeable aviation enthusiast of the period even though the Bounder had not yet been made public . (author's collection)