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  1. Unfortunately it seems I am not going to get this one over the line in time. I was still hopeful of getting this completed on schedule when I picked it back up a week or so ago, however the hospitalization of a relative has meant that I just haven't managed to get the time at the bench over the last week or so that I needed. I will continue to update the thread for those that are interested as it will be completed and apologies for not getting this one over the line on time! In the mean time, here's a picture of some filler curing just to bore you all to death Cheers Mark
  2. Haven't posted in RFI for a while so I thought i'd pop in with my Academy 1/72 Mig-27 Flogger D It's a fairly basic kit and not the most accurate as I understand it but it was still enjoyable to build regardless and thats all that matters really, as long as it was fun to do and I'm happy to sit it on my shelf that no one ever looks at what more can I want! She was mostly built out of the box with the addition of a couple of resin OFAB-100's, a couple of resin UB-16 launchers and some minor scratch improvements to the seat/wheel wells, seatbelts out the spares box. Painted mostly with Vallejo paints. Build thread is here for those that like to read them: Photos:
  3. Thanks to those that followed along, I know my builds tend to be quite boring and drawn out! Heres the final photos:
  4. Academy 1/72 Mig-27 Flogger D Here is my completed MIG-27, it's a fairly basic kit and she was mostly built out of the box with the addition of a couple of resin OFAB-100's, a couple of resin UB-16 launchers and some scratch improvements to the seat/wheel wells, seatbelts out the spares box. Painted mostly with Vallejo paints. Build thread is here for those that like to read them: So here she is:
  5. Well she's done, I will get the photo's uploaded when I get home from work. Pity I didn't get her done sooner, I wanted to enter a 2nd build but as usual life gets in the way of what we want to do. I know its a poor kit of the subject but I enjoyed building it and that's all the matters to me.
  6. Well it's been a while since my last update but the good news is I haven't been slacking. She's nearlyready for her final reveal but in the mean time here's a couple more pics, this time of some weapons. I decided to use the kit UB-32 launchers (think thats what they're meant to be anyway!) so to trin and make them a little more presentable I drilled out the back end of the launcher and used a couple of spare decals from my UB-16s I have also used what few decals the kit came with too on the rest of her, and started the weathering process, nothing too heavy, although I do want to dirty up around the flare dispensers a little more and take the shine off the external fuel tank, then its just install the clear parts (including the retractable taxi lights which I still have'nt put in) and I think she will be about done.
  7. With this kit once the seat was out the way it is pretty easy to get weight down into the nose, I usually use a lead substitute. I get it in sheets that are usually sold for aquarium plant weights which are easy to cut up and then I usually melt it down into a single lump that I beat into shape with a small hammer and slide into the nose. Liquid Gravity is pretty good stuff too by Deluxe Materials, its loads of tiny shot, tip them into the corner of a small thin poly bag and slot that into place. In the past when I have forgotten to load up a nose I have drilled a hole in the vertical wall of a front wheel well and slid small rods/slithers I have made from the lead substitute in through the hole whilst the plane is clamped nose down to let gravity pull them as far down the nose as they can go, I then put a couple of drops of glue through the hole and left overnight and filled the drill hole the next day and painted but it was quite risky, and there was the risk of the glue or the weight reacting with the plastic and ruining the model and this still may happen over time but in the mean time it worked and was less drastic than cutting the nose off and reattaching, filling and painting. Speaking of the lead substitute sheet I actually used the lead substitute to make the back cushion for the newly detailed seat, the seatbelts are PE from the spares box and the ejection pull loop is bent styrene rod. I also added a back to the seat using acetate sheet, and then fettled a bulkhead for the rear of the cockpit from styrene/plasticard sheet. I have also since this pic was taken made rails on the back of the seat that will be used to attach the seat to the new bulkhead.
  8. So much for keeping things nice and simple. As I had almost finished the paint I removed the masking tape and blue tack covering the cockpit and it really struck me how poor the cockpit was looking (there isn't even a control stick) and the seat especially was annoying me, it looked pretty bad and also seems to sit too far forward leaving quite a big gap between the back of the seat and where the none existant bulkhead should be. Heres the seat as it was when it originally went in: And here's an image to illustrate the big gaping hole behind it: So out comes the scalpel and after much poking about I finally managed to get the seat back out which actually involved the front wheel well coming out too but anyway time to see what I can do about this seat and while I am at it I will pop some weight into the nose and fix the missing rear bulkhead. Oh and whilst I am posting heres what the sharpened up camo looks like and the underside, needs a couple of touch ups still but I am happier with it.
  9. Does anyone know if the 27 was ever actually equipped with R-60/AA-8 aphid? I see on the specs for the missile that the Mig-27 is listed as a platform for the weapon, but I can't seem to find any references that show them equipped and I wonder if this was only fitted to the later 27s such as the Indian aircraft rather than the FloggerD this kit is supposed to represent?
  10. Hi Peter, I have managed to sharpen it up, I used a new technique to me but it worked very well. I basically took a sheet of clear acetate, placed it over the lighter paint area, drew the shape of the line, cut it out and used like I would use a set of artist curves when airbrushing flames etc. I have probably explained it poorly but it seems to have worked. Certainly looks better than it did anyway. I have almost finished spraying the underside the blue/grey colour. Just need to get the resin pylons painted and attached too! Cheers Mark
  11. Wingtips and intakes are in place, tail section constructed and ready to fit!
  12. I've not forgot about this build, been having a few issues with my AS186 compressor overheating, its one of the earlier ones without the fans built in they now come with but anyway it has limited my ability to get paint down. I have almost finished the topside camo, there's still a few bits I need to touch up but also i think the paint is looking too feathered if you now what I mean and I think the demarkation between the colours is not sharp enough. Any way here's a photo of the MIG as it stands at the moment, what do you think?
  13. Looks good so far, resin extras are always fun, well apart from the dust. Look forward to seeing it progress!
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