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  1. Thanks chaps, Lengthwise, the Bounder was 188ft 7ins (57.48m) with a wingspan of 82ft 4ins (25.10m). I don't have a photo of it next to a Vulcan but this is it against another monster, my 1/72nd B-70C Valkyrie, an aircraft that's not exactly shy on size.....stacks up pretty well. The main problem, as with many early Soviet jet aircraft, were the engines. The M-50 was only a technical demonstrator and the planned Zubets RD16s weren't ready for operational use at the time, so substitute Dobrynin VD-7s (as fitted to the Tu22 Blinder) were fitted as a stop gap (the two inners only, fitted with reheat). The operational version, M-52, featured many aerodynamic revisions and was designed from the outset to use the Zubets engines. In this guise it may well have found more success as a weapons platform but unfortunately it only got as far as a mockup due to the cancellation of the project in favour of ballistic missile technology.. For those interested watch this:
  2. Didn't find any issues with the Amodel kit, (except maybe the cost!). It's also rather large, to put it mildly... The 1/144th Anigrand resin version is nice too, though again, expensive. I converted mine to an M-52 missile carrier. Great to hear Mikromir are producing this monster, the renders look good, a natural follow-on to the 3m/VM-T...(just need an M-4 now, to complete the set)
  3. Hopefully these will help explain dov, yes, I fitted the undercarriage after completing the build. I saw your post on FB Chief, yes, hopefully they'll get around to releasing a few sets soon...as you say he turns out new sets at an amazing speed.
  4. Thanks Guenther, that's very kind of you. If I was altering the 1/72nd kit I'd replace the main compression oleo with brass rod and carefully bend the forward parts to fit, either that or get the SAC metal version, cut into three sections, realign and CA back together. There's a lot less weight on the 1/72nd version so in theory......it 'should be' easier. Regarding Quinta Studios and the MiG-25, apologies I meant the vacform canopy replacement, not a cockpit set (I've edited the post accordingly). They do several sets for the Foxhound, (even the MiG-31M, though sadly, only in 1/72nd). The Foxhound is well catered for by Quinta so hopefully they will do the same with the MiG-25. The layout of the MiG-31 cockpit is, understandably, quite different from that of the Foxbat, being a generation apart and sharing the work load. One commonality though is the eye watering shade of Russian Cockpit Turquoise that MiG seemed so keen on. Melchett, in snowy and cold(war) Lincolnshire
  5. Thanks again guys, glad you like it. Thanks Remus, that's the ultimate compliment in this hobby, appreciated. Thanks Jeffrey, a big fan of your company, superb quality.
  6. Thanks for the kind comments chaps, much appreciated as ever. You really should dig it out Loren, I think the PD is the most 'elegant' Foxbat version (I use the term lightly for such a beast). I'm also tempted by the BM defence-suppression version as I rather like the combination of camouflage, reece style nose and those huge Kh-58U missiles. I'm also hoping to back date a PD to the Ye-155P-1 prototype....a lot of work that'll keep me out of trouble for a while. Being single-shaft turbojets it was quite a painful experience by all accounts, the engines themselves look surprisingly small when you consider the size of those enormous jet pipes. Thanks MM, you can't have enough Foxbats! look forward to seeing what you do with them all. The RBF should be a lot of fun, look out for it next year.
  7. Hi all, hope you're all well and staying safe and sound. This is one I finished a few years ago for Airfix Model World magazine, shortly after the ICM kit was released. The Foxbat, particularly the reece version, has always been of great interest to me so I was more than happy to hear that ICM were going to release kits in both 1/72nd and, my preferred scale, 1/48th. They didn't disappoint either, although there are a few issues to deal with. Firstly, I decided to use Cold War Studio's corrected RBT nose as I wasn't completely happy with ICM version, along with their replacement for the missing parachute actuator and fin. Next, looking at other builds of this kit the one thing that struck me was the incorrect stance of the main undercarriage which, as built, is too high, giving the model a strange tip-toe appearance. In reality the aircraft sits low at the rear, especially when the huge 1,161 gal (5,280 ltr) ventral tank is carried. I corrected mine by simply cutting the gear into four parts, drilling each section out and inserting 2mm steel rod, reducing the length of the oleo struts, replacing the styrene items with suitable brass rod, re-angling the scissor jacks and repositioning the angle of the main leg. This puts a lot of strain on the U/C due to the acute angle of the repositioned parts but the steel rods certainly add a lot of strength...they haven't shifted so far. Hydraulic lines were fitted to the undercarriage bays, legs and brakes and the engine intake tunnels redesigned, using extensions made from plastic card and wider styrene tube (the kit tunnels are too narrow and placed too far forward). Various static rods and IFF rods were added from stretched runner material. Review samples of Eduard's pre-painted PE interior and exterior sets were just becoming available at the time and duly used here. These enhanced what was already a great kit even further and are highly recommended. (Quinta Studios now provide superb 3D printed cockpit sets for the kit, making life even easier). As a side note I have another 1/48th reece Foxbat on the go, this time a camouflaged RBF using just about every piece of aftermarket available which I'll post as a build thread next year, for anyone interested. Painted using AKAN acrylics, (wonderfully accurate paints but sadly, hard to come by now) and weathered with a mixture of AK Interactive and AMMO MIG washes/pigments plus a selection of Abtielung 502 oil paints. Various Alclad metallics were used on the ventral tank, inner intake tunnels and outer surfaces of the jetpipes with MRP lacquers and AKAN, on the inners. The kit decals weren't used here, instead the sheet from the Revell reissue was chosen as I particularly wanted to model RF-90269 'Red 45' of the 47th GvORAP Guards unit at Shatalovo AFB. Unfortunately several stencils were missing from the kit decals so instead I opted for Begemot's excellent dedicated stencil sheet to correct this. With a view to building a Cold War period vignette, a MiG-25 ladder was sourced from DANmodels along with a pair of wheel chocks from Hadmodels. To compliment these I have a Noy miniatures PAG-14 dispersal base enhanced with static grass and vegetation along with several period aircrew/groundcrew figures from Aires, which have yet to be painted and suitably weathered. A scratchbuilt towbar is also on the list. Hope you approve and thanks for looking. Melchie And just for fun, a couple of atmospheric 'height of the Cold War' black and white images.
  8. Cheers chaps, very kind of you all. Thanks Steve, it's only when you run your fingers over the surface that you can feel there's actually something there, (quiet at the back!), to be honest though, on this one, you only really need them for the upper wings and tailplane, the complete set is a bit over the top, (in scope as well as price).
  9. After a bit of a hiatus I've managed to get back on to the P-38 which really needs to be wrapped up as soon as possible. The next stage was to add tones and some interest to the somewhat drab upper and lower surfaces applied to these aircraft at the time. The paintwork seemed to come in for a lot of abuse, particularly the nose, upper wings and tailplane. To achieve this I used the well tried and tested dot filter technique which, for those who don't know, involves applying small dots of oil paint to random areas and blending them into the surface finish, using white spirit, a blending brush and cotton bud. Several different colours were chosen here including AMMO MIG Dark Green, Ochre, Yellow, Olive Green and Abtielung 502 Starship Filth, Neutral Grey and Faded White. Using this combination of colours added variation and richness of the final finish complementing the marbled paint finish. The underside was treated in the same way, (the fuel tanks are still removable at this time). Rather than use the white decal stripes for the rear booms, provided with the Xtradecal sheet, I decided to mask and paint these instead. The problem I find, with white decal stripes is that generally they can be fairly translucent, which isn't ideal when applied over darker tones where there is a demarcation line of contrasting colours, like here, with the Olive Drab and Neutral Grey. Also, unless you are able to mate the ends perfectly there can often be a slight overlap, resulting in an obviously lighter line. Using the decals as a template and eyeballing photographs of 'Mackie' I applied masking tape to the booms and applied MRP US Navy White which has a slightly off white tone to it. Following weathering, the wings were wet sanded using a worn pad of 10000 grit Infini sanding sponge to highlight the tops of the HGW rivets and this was repeated over appropriate areas of the airframe, concentrating mainly on the upper wings and tailplane. Only then did the HGW rivets really come into their own. A Pro Arte Masterstroke wide rake brush was used to blend the oils and later the AMMO MIG Dark Earth/Dust pigments to unify all the weathering products. The Quickboost resin gun barrels in place, beautifully detailed and extremely easy to fit. These were painted using MRP Gunmetal and Burnt Metal, highlighted with an AK Brass weathering pencil before being finished off with thinned Abteilung Starship filth oil paint and MIG's Black Smoke pigment powder. Thanks for looking, hope you approve. Hopefully the next stage will see the model done and dusted, then it's on to a vignette base ...
  10. Good show Tony, like the off-base thought process. Certainly looking the part now, you've captured the patina nicely. I did something similar on my TF-30s I made for my much delayed 1/48th F-111K, many moons ago. Using W&N oils and various Alclads (pre Xtreme Metals days) I also applied the heavily thinned oils, by airbrush then burnished the surfaces with a cotton bud to get a patina going. Still have to apply the 'burnt' yellow/blues and sepia using Pigma Brush 'archival ink' pens, my weapon of choice, for burnt metal effects and apply darkened oil washes. Hope you don't mind me interjecting here with a Daguerreotype of one of the TF-30s. What always surprises me is the relatively small size of the Avon, all that oomph from a device not much bigger than the memsahib's Hoover Conquest 507 cylinder vacuum cleaner , bless here...(the Hoover, not the memsahib).
  11. Oddly enough dear fruitbat, I hadn't and haven't. Basically a fixed wing autogyro, apparently it had excellent STOL abilities and was easy to fly. Yet another Interesting addition by Avis, as usual they've dug up another oddball design from the dim and distant for us 'way off base' types to enjoy. Hopefully they'll see this and decide it's only logical to release a PZL M-15 Belphagor, the previously mentioned PL-11 Airtruk, AD Scout or maybe, if we're really lucky, a Farman F.120....that's if the modelling world could take em!
  12. Must admit I enjoyed the day. I didn't intend to go, due to a family bereavement, but thoroughly glad I did (with coercion from a few friends...yes, I'm especially looking at you Martian and Woody). No models this year but joined my brethren on the Bomber Command SIG table for good banter, drinks and grub, courtesy of our brothers (and sister)-in-arms at the Aerobatics SIG. Great to meet up and socialize with so many again after the forced separation and catch up on what's going on, to me, that's always been the most important aspect of the show. Spent way too much as usual, mainly thanks to Vince of Modelforsale and Tony at Hannants. Neil and I were co-opted as competition judges on Saturday, courtesy of Martian, only to glad to help out. A lot of the traders I spoke with seemed happy with the numbers simply because it meant more folks could actually get into their stands and see what was on offer rather than trying to elbow their way into the heaving throng and give up in the process. A lot of my overseas buddies couldn't make it this year and were sadly missed (well done Bill for making it all the way over from Pennsylvania, true dedication fella) but I think, overall, the event organizers did an excellent job. As lieutenant George would shout loudly.....Bravo!
  13. Yes, the magnificently inept Gerhardt Cycleplane of 1923...apparently, due to the sun being in the pilot's face he decided to pull the cord and this was the result...nearly had someone's eye out!
  14. Thanks chaps, appreciated as ever. If you're going to get one of these little fellas you may want to look at the 1/48th version...same errors and omissions as the tiddler but a lot bigger oddness. I guess, old fruit, that you were looking for something more along these lines, scanned from an old magazine, the Vedovelli V.3 (hate to think what the two earlier versions looked like!).........It couldn't decide whether it wanted to be an aeroplane, lawn mower, garbage compactor or scene of an accident.........well, three out of four ain't bad. It always ends in tears, (mercifully no one was hurt)...the only aeroplane, and I use the term lightly, whose appearance was actually enhanced following a catastrophic accident.
  15. Happy to chime in Markus, yes, the build was put on indefinite hold due to a number of reasons, one being the awful HB windscreen shape and time needed to fettle the Squadron vac version to fit (be easier to graft an Academy nose section on! Hopefully I'll return to it at some point and get the thing finished. Regarding the wings, it all seems a bit up in the air. I always understood, talking to fellow Project Cancelled members and particularly TSR2 guru Joe Cherrie, that the 'K' was to have the short span 'A' model wings fitted initially, and a well known photograph (shown in the thread) indicates that at least the first airframe was fitted with these. Whether or not future aircraft were to have the extended 'C' wings seems to be a matter of debate. I last looked into this over ten years ago so maybe new information has come to light, in any event I went with the short span wings, going on information available at the time.
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