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  1. More..... Modelsvit include a fully detailed interior for the intake and engine nacelle to cater for the transition between the 'square' intake and circular compressor. The intake partly assembled...... Fully assembled intake/nacelle (the jetpipe assembly is dropped in later). It is a complicated assembly - but it captures the shape perfectly. Ken
  2. Models Never Let You Down - 1/72 Su-47

    Get some 1/72 scale figures ..... and you can do this diorama... https://pp.userapi.com/c841432/v841432259/53c3c/BfGfKt-vonI.jpg https://pp.userapi.com/c840322/v840322641/1dfc0/gdyt2ZHG0D8.jpg Ken
  3. Getting started......... Components of the combined cockpit and nose wheel bay - note the two-part control column and the rudder pedals plus the raised pipework. The jetpipes are constructed from three radial segments plus a flameholder and a rear turbine face. I found it easiest to glue one segment to the rear face, then add the flameholder - followed by the remaining two segments. The parts are numbered - and keyed - so they only fit one way. As long as care is taken there should be no problems.... Assembled jetpipe on the left - with the components on the right. More later..... Ken
  4. Just finished the A&A Models EWR VJ-101C-X2 German VTOL fighter testbed.... The main engines are in VTOL mode - with the translating intakes extended and the front lift engines intake and exhaust doors open. The main engines horizontal in CTOL mode (when the translating intakes would be retracted and the forward engine doors closed) CTOL..... VTOL. Build and finished model photos here..... Ken
  5. Soviet Project 673 submarine 1/350

    She also had a set of 'dive brakes' around the hull............. From Wiki..... On 21 November 1960, the ship entered the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for a major overhaul and conversion in which she received: a new, experimental, "X"-shaped tail for increased control; 10 dive brakes around her hull, a new bow which included modified forward ballast tanks, new sonar systems, and a large auxiliary rudder in the after part of her sail. My build here. Ken
  6. Soviet Project 673 submarine 1/350

    It is 19cm/7.5in long Mike......... http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_350_scale.html#Russian_Project_673 Whilst building the kit I came across a US Navy design for a sub with a retractable fin/sail/conning tower - but I can't find it now. Ken PS Found It!! - Us Navy 'CONFORM' Project :- http://www.subsim.com/books/images/CONFORM.jpg
  7. 1/350 British Nuclear submarines

    Mike, MM are amenable to suggestions for new models - the problem for them is getting hold of accurate drawings - particularly cross-sections. I provided them with scale drawings of HMS Resolution - and they produced a kit of it. British subs are badly served by kit manufacturers - probably due to the British obsession with secrecy - no plans, no kits. Ken PS RN nuclear subs are also pretty boring as displays - you can have black, black or black - at least US or Russians subs have a contrasting red bottom (oooerr!!)
  8. It was a totally different machine - with ogival wings, fins mounted on top of the engine nacelles, a slimmer forward fuselage with aft-retracting noewheel mounted further forward. It also had an aft-sliding canopy and the main gear doors acted as airbrakes. The first few flights showed it to be a lemon that didn't out-perform the USAF F-15 Eagle as intended - it fell short in many areas. They could have tweeked it to make it slightly better, but newly appointed Chief Designer Mikhail Simonov took the very bold (and possibly career-damaging) decision to go for a complete re-design. The wings were fitted with a straight L/E incorporating slats - with wingtip launch rails that doubled as anti-flutter weights - the fuselage nose section was made bigger - and the spine was extended into aft into a tailboom. The nosegear was moved aft and retracted forwards, the main gear door airbrakes were replaced with a dorsal barn-door airbrake, the fins were moved outboard and mounted on raised extensions of the horizontal stabiliser mounts. Oh! - and the rear-sliding cockpit canopy was replaced with a clamshell design. The designation changed to T10S (for 'Series' (ie Production')) and it became the Flanker we know and love today. Ken PS - The T10 was given the ASCC name of 'Flanker' - it only became 'Flanker-A' when the T10S was named 'Flanker-B' PPS - Here's my pic of T10-10 in the museum at Lugansk, Ukraine taken in 2006......
  9. Look what Santa brought.... the latest 1/72 scale kit from Ukrainian manufacturer Modelsvit... the Sukhoi T10 Flanker prototype. Excellent box art showing Bort 'Yellow 10' - one of two options in the box. Top and bottom fuselage halves - with delicate engraved detail.. Ogival shaped wing parts - totally different to the production T10S 'Flanker-B'. Plus fins and tailplanes. Engine nacelles for the Al-21F engine fitted to the prototypes. Nose gear, mainwheel bays and cockpit parts. The sprues now have part numbers moulded on next to the part - a useful development. Main undercarriage parts and wheels. Jetpipes, compressor faces and afterburner flameholders - all neatly moulded. 2 X R-27ET plus 2 X R-27ER missiles - as fitted to these prototypes. Crystal clear canopies - both open and closed options. Early K-36 ejection seat - made up from 26 parts !!!! Decal sheet - note the two instrument panels - one for the plastic panel, one for the etched brass option. Etched parts - plus the plastic IRST ball. The clear perspex is for the etched HUD !!!! I didn't photograph the self-adhesive masks - which contains masks for the wheel hubs as well as masks for both inside and outside of the canopy !! Back page of the 12-page construction booklet. This is a fantastic kit from Modelsvit - crisply moulded with delicate engraved panel detail, plus etched brass parts and canopy masks - a truly comprehensive package. Ken
  10. An-225 Mriya 1/144

    Good luck with your project. FWIW, there are some downloadable drawings of the An-225 here :- http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw/an225.html Plus some An-124 drawings :- http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw/an124aiv.html http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw2/an124_aiv.html http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw/an124.html Dream on !!!! Ken PS - I took some photos of the beast at Gostomel in 2006 :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/An-225.html
  11. The F-35B has a lift fan - not lift jets - but it is, essentially the same arrangement. The only trouble is, with lift jets/fans (Yak-38, Yak-141, Mirage III-V, VJ-101C, F-35B etc) is that once the aircraft has transitioned to forward flight, the lift jets/fans are so much dead weight - to be carried around for the rest of the mission. That's where the Harrier scores - with just one engine for both VTOL and level flght - although on the down side, the engine is sized for VTOL and is much bigger than it needs to be for forward flight - so I guess it is still hauling around so much excess weight in CTOL. I suppose the best arrangement would be to combine the swivelling wingtip engines of the VJ-101 with the translating nozzle on the lift/cruise engine of the Yak-141/F-35B. In that arrangement ALL the engines are used for VTOL AND CTOL - but I suppose they would still have to be more powerful than is needed for level flight. It's a fascinating subject ....... Ken PS - Any photos of your model Invidia ???? PPS - I'm on a VTOL testbed kick at the moment - so I've purchased the Modelsvit Mirage III-V - and intend to get the ART model Yak-36 and, if I can, the old Airfix P-1127 to make a small collection of VTOL pioneers.
  12. Learstang.... yes Modelsvit make the moulds for A&A Models. The La-200B is due 'early December' - so I'll definitely be getting it. Space ranger .... I thought the same thing - maybe put a brass rod through the wing joining both pods (the wing is horizontal). Only trouble is - the wing is very thin and moulded in one solid piece, so impossible to do. I just thought it is neat to show how the engines rotate - the collar holding the inner part of the pod in place even has a small protrusion on it that stops agains the 'arms' moulded into the inner pod part to limit the travel to the correct angles - very clever! Of course, with the wings in the horizontal flight position, the lift engine doors would be closed up - but just showing how the pods rotate is good enough for me. Ken
  13. I don't normally go for 'working' parts on a model - but A&A provide the feature of rotating wingtip engine pods - so I've gone with it........ Look at the photo and make a zhooooozhing/whiring sound to accompany it Note that the engine intakes and cones are separate parts - not fitted yet. Ken
  14. The two swivelling wingtip pods are each made up from no less than EIGHTEEN parts........ If the pods are to be made moveable, they have to be assembled in-situ on each wigtip - because there is a collar that goes on the inside half of the pod to hold it in place..... The outer half - plus the front and rear components are then added. All the parts needed some 'fettling' to get the best fit - but they will still need some filler along the various joints. Ken
  15. A bit more..... Fuselage assembled and wings attached..... Underside view.... More later. Ken