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  1. I have weathered the model based on photos as an amalgam of typically worn airframes left outside, some panel touch-ups, APU exhaust staining, staining around auxiliary intake doors, and dirt where tarpaulin wraps are tied around the nose and cockpit in winter. Modifications to the kit: Corrected windscreen outline. Cut out and scratch-built inboard flaps. Corrected Kh-22 (AS-4 Kitchen) missile fins, spine, and warhead shape. Added missing cut-outs between engine nozzles. Added missing strike-camera window. Scratch-built air intake trunking. Closed auxiliary intake doors for engines off state. Scratch-built cannon and corrected barbette. Scratch-built missing avionics bay doors. Opened up various air scoops. Corrected undercarriage legs. Corrected main undercarriage doors. After-market items used: - Neomega resin cockpit. - Armory PE engine nozzles. - ResKit resin wheels. - Click to detail air-intake FOD screens A link to my build-log: Thanks for looking...
  2. Calling it done: More photos of the finished model here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/87-ready-for-inspection-aircraft/&do=add
  3. This year’s theme build for my model club, IPMS Auckland, is “Slava Ukraini!” and has two categories: 1 - Ukrainian Subject Any manufacturer's kit can be used but must depict a Ukrainian subject. No Russian model manufacturers. 2 - Ukrainian Kit Manufacturer Any Ukrainian kit built as any subject - does not have to have Ukrainian markings if the kit is made in Ukraine. No Russian markings. I have already built an An-225 in its Ukrainian livery, an ICM SB-2 in Chinese markings, French EBR-75 and AML-90 armoured cars by Ace, Modelsvit Tu-22KD converted to an Iraqi Tu-22B (all Ukrainian brand kits), and Trumpeter (Chinese brand) Tu-22KD in Ukrainian markings. This Trumpeter Tu-22M3 will also be finished in Ukrainian markings. I replaced the kit cockpit with a Neomoga set which was not as good quality as I had hoped (the control columns were unusable). Here are some mages of it clipped in place pending some corrective work on the kit's windscreen which is incorrectly shaped. As supplied, the engine air intakes are devoid of any interior detail and are simply gaping holes to view the fuselage interior, the following images show what I did to address this: Inboard Flaps: The kit provides for the flaps, spoilers, and leading edge slats to be deployed (it's probably more work to model them closed), but neglects to enable the inboard flaps on with wing-root gloves to be deployed. Since all of the flaps operate in unison I can either do flaps, slats and spoilers closed, or cut the inboard flaps out and model them deployed. The model will look far more interesting with all high-lift surfaces deployed so I cut the inboard flaps out and scratch-built the flap's leading-edge surfaces that are hidden within the wing-root gloves when retracted but visible when the flaps are deployed. The photos tell the tale better than I can here. [EDIT] Jumping ahead to later in the build... Kh-22 'AS-4 Kitchen' Missiles: The Backfire kit's Kh-22 (As-4 Kitchen) missiles have come in for a lot of justifiable criticism as they are essentially caricatures rather than replicas of an AS-4 Kitchen missile. A-model does a more accurate kit I can buy for about 8.50 Euros each (NZ$30 for the pair) but I'd guess I's need to pay NZ$20-25 in postage to get them here in time for my model's deadline for the IPMS Auckland Ukraine tribute build in mid-November. So I set about doctoring the kit's missiles to resemble the originals better, but restricting surgery to try and keep the finely engraved detail that will compliment the Backfire model's far better than the deep and somewhat exaggerated A-Model kit's panel lines. The attached pictures tell the story. The missiles are painted red as were training rounds to add a splash of colour to the model. Besides, I doubt that Ukraine flew all that many missions with either HE or nuclear-tipped Kh-22s before it rid itself of nukes in 1994. Fuselage & Wings (so far): I reduced the height of the wing-root gloves to avoid a large gap where the outer wing sections enter them, and cut slots in the outer wings so that could be fitted after assembling the flaps, etc, and painting. I could do this because I was interested in the wings being able to swing, instead, I plan to fit them in the forward-swept position. I still have a rotary missile launcher to add to the bomb-bay. Engines; I used some Armory PE engine nozzles which I did not make a terribly good job of. When I first bought the kit they were all that was available, but now there are easier-to-use resin alternatives by AMG, but these would have cost me another NZ$30 + postage and I could not get any in time anyway. There is a lot of sanding dust on the nozzles in the photos. [EDIT] Later on, I realised that the nozzles didn't look right with the outer parts simply folded on the PE's fold-lines. So I pulled the outer nozzles off and rolled a curve into them. I made a couple of missing triangular holes between the engine nozzles: Outer Wings Flaps & Spoilers, and Kh-15 Missiles: I realise it is far from normal practice to park a Tu-22M3 with flaps, slats, and spoilers deployed, but that's how I have chosen to have my model since it adds interest and could, conceivably, be in this state if on public display, for example. I still have to prepare the leading-edge slats. I also did some work on getting the Kh-15 Missiles and their MKU-6-1 rotary launcher ready for painting. More Fuselage; The images tell the story.. Undercarriage: Trumpeter seems to have a penchant for non-functional and illogical engineering, possibly because their CAD people have no idea of the purpose behind the bits they draw on their computer screens. Anyway, I wasted a fair amount of time trying to make functional undercarriages. The pics tell the story... Please excuse my bad typing due to PD, I sometimes miss them before it's too late: Canopy & Auxiliary Intake Mods: Painting: The white is commercial car lacquer bought by the lire at about 1/20 the price of model paint, other colours are Mr Colour lacquer for the greys, and Tamiya lacquers for the metallics. Weathering is mainly by enamel washes and some chalk pastels, with some artists oil paint dry-brushing. Various little added details and other things like the weathering process started. I have weathered the model based on photos as an amalgam of typically worn airframes left outside, some panel touch-ups, APU exhaust staining, staining around auxiliary intake doors, and dirt where tarpaulin wraps are tied around the nose and cockpit in winter (I have yet to finish the cockpit area until I fit the four clamshell hatches). Just the wheels to do: When my resin replacements arrive by UK Post, that is. For now, I just have the kit's wheels clipped on. I now have the cockpit hatches attached (I just noticed that still need to paint the red cross on the first-aid boxes mounted on the hatches) and I scratch-built the tail cannon and corrected the barbette slightly... Thanks for looking. It's taken three week's work to get to this point, I'll update and finish this once my after-market wheels arrive.
  4. The main fit issues were the navigator/bomb aimer's side windows required filler as they seems a bit undersized for their openings, and the engine pod assembly is difficult to get it sitting perfectly. The spine insert between the rear of the crew compartment canopy and main spine also need blending in. With care, the undercarriage doors can be fitted closed with reasonable results, although it's s pity separate one-piece closed doors aren't provided for a retracted undercarriage option the way recent Airfix kits do. If you are fitting the missile you need to cut open the bomb-bay doors. Here are photos of how made my socket to take the clear acrylic tube I used for my stand:
  5. Hi Steve, I first became aware of it from the same source in about 1967. It appealed to me immediately along with the Victor and B-58. To me its very Thunderbirds, especially the way the crew are elevated into the cockpit by their seats. Modelsvit kit is the way to go if you want an accurate model.
  6. Thanks for all of the above comments, here's a link to my Trumpeter 1/72 Tu-22KD 'Blinder-B' I finished 11 days after the above Iraqi machine: :
  7. Thanks, and no it's not 1/144, it's my conversion of the 1/72 Modelsvit Tu-22K kit I built 11 days ago. Please see:
  8. No worries. I wish I could have found photos of them in Ukrainian regiment service on-line, but I had no luck. It was easier to find Libyan and Iraqi Tu-22s (and there's not many of them to find), and, of course, there are plenty of USSR examples to be found. My next one will be in USSR service.
  9. I am aware the Blinder and Backfire are totally different aircraft types. As I said in my first reply to you, I was going by the information contained in these references which specifically mention the Tu-22K Blinder in service with the Ukrainian Air Force: From above on page 47 (after "Twilight") and mention Ukrainian service from 1997: and this one: That says on page 103 and mentions the number aircraft and Ukrainian units the Blinder served with from 1995 onwards... But you are claiming these books and their authors are wrong, so what are your credentials to discredit them, please?
  10. I don't have many photos, but both Modelsvit and Trumpeter kits include Ukrainian markings options, and Modelsvit is a Ukrainian kit manufacturer, so they should know. Also, I have references including Aerofax: Tu-22 Blinder & Tu-22M Backfire, and Airtime Publishing: Tupolev Bombers (Tu-16, Tu-22, Tu-22M ,Tu-95/142 , & Tu-160) that specifically mention Ukrainian Blinders, as do many online sources. Here's one example taken at Ozerne air base, Ukraine (linked from Jetphotos.com): and this one at the Poltava long range aviation museum, Ukraine (linked from Jetphotos.com):
  11. It did not turn out as I had hoped, but it's got other problems I elected not to fix having built the Modelsvit Tu-22 just before this one. I realised after taking the photos that the Kh-22 stand-off missile was drooping slightly as I only had it held in place with Blu-Tac, although it is now glued correctly in position. The thing I can't understand about Trumpeter is why they didn't compare their 3D digital model with the extant Modelsvit kit before producing their moulds. Had they done so, it would have prompted them to question why their digital Tu-22 had some significant differences from Modelsvit's kit (e.g. their thin fuselage spine and tall cockpit canopy or lack of ailerons), and have led to a re-check of plans or photos. Had they done so, along with matching numerous other minor details the Modelsvit kit correctly possesses, Trumpeter's Tu-22 would be the superior kit due to its much better parts fit. Finished 10 days ago, my Modelsvit Tu-22B 'Blinder-A' was converted from the Modelsvit Tu-22KD 'Blinder-B'. As mentioned already, the Kh-22 missile is drooping a lot in these photos (since fixed):
  12. This year’s theme build for my model club, IPMS Auckland, is “Slava Ukraini!” and has two categories: 1 - Ukrainian Subject Any manufacturer's kit can be used but must depict a Ukrainian subject. No Russian model manufacturers. 2 - Ukrainian Kit Manufacturer Any Ukrainian kit built as any subject - does not have to have Ukrainian markings if the kit is made in Ukraine. No Russian markings. I have already built an An-225 in its Ukrainian livery, an ICM SB-2 in Chinese markings, and French EBR-75 and AML-90 armoured cars by Ace, all to 1/72 scale. Upon looking through my stash for qualifying kits I decided to build my Modelsvit (Ukrainian brand) and Trumpeter (Chinese brand) Tu-22KD "Blinders-B". I have also built three other Ukrainian brand kits this year - ICM's I-153, and A-Model's Yak-25RV and Yak-28P, but I think that they don't qualify as they are in Soviet markings. I originally planned to do both in Ukrainian markings, with the more accurate and better detailed Modelsvit kit on the ground and the Trumpeter kit in flight. I tackled the much more demanding to build Modelsvit offering first and found that almost every part required some fettling in order to fit, but once fettled fit was good (except for the cockpit bulkheads which are way too big). I was ready to paint my Modelsvit Tu-22KD when I decided two aluminium and white machines in Ukrainian markings did not offer enough variety. The Chinese-brand Trumpeter kit had to be finished as a Ukrainian machine to qualify. Since the Ukrainian -brand kit could not be fished as a Russian Blinder I would have to choose one of the two export customers for the Tu-22, either Libya or Iraq. Aside from a couple of trainer-version "Blinder-Ds", the Arab aircraft were conventional (non-nuclear capable) "Blinder-A" bombers converted from "Blinder-C" reconnaissance aircraft. This was necessary Only 15 Blinder-As were built at the very beginning of Tu-22 production and were largely used for early training. It was the Tu-22K & KD with Kh-22 stand-off missile, the "Blinder-B" that became the principle offensive version which appears to have not been considered for export - probably due to its Kh-22 missile). The Tu-22R "Blinder-C" retained the Tu-22B "Blinder-A's" bomb-bay layout and so could be readily converted to a non-nuclear capable level bomber suitable for export (Blinder-A). All well and good, except that the Blinder-B my kit represented features a much larger and wider nose than a Blinder-A (for the Kh-22 guidance radar) and has a lance-like refuelling probe. The latter could easily be removed, but altering the nose shape was far more demanding as thinning down meant large holes running either side of the nose would need to be filled in and made good. I definitely did away with the "Blinder-B's" nose shape, but I'm not 100% sure I've captured that of a Blinder-A/C from some angles. Another challenge was closing the partially open KH-22 bomb bay and the forward recess for the Kh-22 as this had been faired in for my original Blinder-B using CA-glue. Let's just say converting the nose and fitting the appropriate bomb bay would have been much easier had I decided to do so before completing the construction of a "Blinder-B". One thing I'm unsure of and could not change was my model's nuclear-flash screens fitted to the cockpit windows. These would not be required by a conventional bomber but would, I assume, still, be handy for shading the cockpit in hot sunny climates. My model was further modified by cutting the ventral crew hatches out so that the downward-firing ejection seats, which also serve to elevate crew members into their stations, could be displayed lowered. I added the seat and parachute harnesses from a WW2 French seatbelt set I had. I replaced the kit’s after-burners, exhaust nozzles, and wheels with resin ones by Barracudacast, and the air intakes with turned aluminium items by Mini World. The Iraqi national insignia decals were scrounged and the Arabic script was painted using a homemade template.
  13. Thanks for any help with the above question, and also can anyone help me please with photos of Blinders in Ukrainian markings?
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