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Flankerman

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  1. Flankerman

    Russian Yak-130 "Mitten" (KH80157) 1:48

    The red one is in Yakolev's traditional house colours - as used on their piston engined trainers..... It was applied to a couple of their demo airframes at MAKS 2013 ... Great review btw Ken
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    British K- Class Submarine

    Nice one Stuart - the K-Class make interesting builds - and MM do two different versions. The earlier, low bow K4 & K5 :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_350_scale.html#British_K-Class_Submarine .... and later 'Swan bow' K-15/K-16 & K-22 :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_350_scale.html#HMS_K-15 With a bit of conversion, you can also build the last of the line HMS K-26 :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_350_scale.html#HMS_K.26 I also converted the K-15 into the slightly different HMS K-12. Obsessive?? Me ? Never! Looking forward to your build. Ken
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    1/48 Wyvern TF.1 conversion / drawings

    I can't vouch for their accuracy - but there's a downloadable set of drawings here :- http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw/wyvern.html ..... and here :- http://www.airwar.ru/other/draw2/wyvern.html Ken
  4. Great model Moa ........ There's a scale replica of the machine at Monino........ ........... and a bust and memorabilia of pilot Valeri Chkalov..... Ken
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    Su-27UB - New kit from Zvezda - 1/72 scale

    Note the unique method of moulding the clear windscreen and canopy - invented by the Zvezda designer. It enables the canopy to be moulded with the correct horseshoe/Omega cross section - but without a slide mould that results in a seam down the canopy. A breakthrough in moulding technique. Ken
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    USS Sealion LPSS-315 in 1/350 scale

    I'm doing all this by eye - I have no drawings - so it won't be 100% accurate..... Adding the side panels..... Blended in with filler.... It's exagerated in this view - but I might have got the raised decking a tad too high??? Here's a top view... A quick squirt of primer - and it doesn't look too bad.... Ken
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    1/144 TU-22KD Blinder

    Note that MM are wrong in depicting the Iraqi Tu-22 - they only operated the Tu-22B variant - with the earlier, slimmer radome. Unless there are separate noses in the kit??? Although not my scale, it looks like a nice kit. Ken
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    USS Sealion LPSS-315 in 1/350 scale

    I've never been sure of the difference between a 'conning tower' or 'sail' or 'fin' or 'bridge' either........... Shapeways sells it as a 'Fairwater' - https://www.shapeways.com/product/DYQ5WFRS8/1-350-lionfish-ss-298-fairwater?optionId=63389254&li=marketplace .......so that' what I'm going with. This online dictionary defines it as :- A streamlined superstructure on a submarine, holding the bridge and sometimes a conning tower. Ken
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    USS Sealion LPSS-315 in 1/350 scale

    Check out this side view....... http://navsource.org/archives/08/183/0831501.jpg Ken
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    USS Sealion LPSS-315 in 1/350 scale

    When she was converted to the transport role, Sealion's forward engines and torpedo tubes were removed to make room for storing equipment. I have filled in the recesses for the tubes...... The raised decking is made from plastic card - scored to match the kits decking.... The new decking attached - with the new fairwater temporarily in place..... .... with the helicopter on deck (just to see what it looks like).... Ken
  11. Ever since finding this photo of the Balao-class sub USS Sealion, I have wanted to try and model her...... All I needed was a 1/350 scale model of a Sikorsky HRS-3 helicopter to place on her widened deck aft of the fairwater..... Then I found that Shapeways Models made a 3D-printed S-55 heicopeter - so I was ready to start... I'm using the AFV-Club Gato-class sub as a starting point....... Sealion is a Balao-class sub (improved Gato), so I needed a late-style fairwater - also made by Shapeways..... The S-55 helicopters are sold in blocks of 4 - and they are simply stunning.... Here's a single example - all of 36mm (1.5in) long....... I just hope my failing eyesight and fat fingers can do it justice... All I need to do now is widen that decking aft of the fairwater........ watch this space. Ken
  12. From Yefim Gordon's 'Soviet Heavy Interceptors' (Vol 19 in the Red Star series)...... "At least the first eleven production batches had trapezoidal windows in the inter-canopy frame section" Later batches had the circular windows. So - check your references as to which airframe you are depicting... Ken
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    Italeri Su-32FN - Indian Defence Research Wing

    If you can wait a few months, Zvezda are doing a Su-30SM - which is the Russian AF equivalent of the Su-30MKI/MKM/MKA See:- http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/305806-su-30sm-flanker-h-in-2019/ You would still need to do the cockpit/antenna/MAWS/decals etc specific to each variant - but the basics are there (canards/TVC etc) Ken
  14. Re the camo'd example........ It looks like the kit has the earlier, smaller radome. The single airframe painted in camo colours (RA-09309) is a later build - with a larger radome.... Closeup of the larger radome.... RA-09309 at MAKS 2009.... note the Chaff/Flare box on top of the sponsons - another needed mod... Ken
  15. The Iraqi's and Libyans flew the Tu-22UD trainer - but the 'bomber' variant was the earlier Tu-22B -with a smaller radome. So, the answer is NO - you cannot make a camo'd example without modifying the kit. Early radome......... Later bulged radome (as on the Tu-22KD).... Although...... the Tu-22UD trainer has the smaller radome - so some grafting might be possible???... Ken
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