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Flankerman last won the day on May 27 2014

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  1. KM, Lun and 14M1p are Anigrand resin kit, A-90 is corrected Revell kit - the Revell Tu-95 Bear is there for size comparison.... More photos here:- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_ekranoplans.html Ken
  2. They do have previous when it comes to nose intakes........... The Sukhoi T-49 testbed... from the 1960's Ken
  3. Interesting find Blimpyboy - It would be great to get more details of that cam.... Not Russian, but I did a 1/350 scale HMS Opposum in camo.... Photos of the build is here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_British.html#HMS_Oberon She was painted by the crew whilst participating in the attacks on Afghanistan and was based in Diego Garcia. Ken
  4. It's actually quite small.... It was the last production fighter from Lavochkin - before the OKB was switched to building missiles. There's an interresting parallel between Lavochkin and Supermarine - both had very successful wartime fighters (La-5FN and Spitfire) - after which they produced a series of mediocre jets (La-74, La-200 etc and Attacker, Swift and Scimitar). Great model Hubert - really captures the look of the La-15... Ken
  5. Not necessarily . there are quite a few instances of Russian aircraft receiving AF designations that never enter service - (and some also received NATO/ASCC names) From the top of my head (a barren place these days).... Tu-98 Backfin. Beriev A-40/Be-42 Mermaid Tu-91 Boot, Su-47 Firkin etc etc. That doesn't comply with the NATO/ASCC/ASIG rule of two syllables for jet-powered aircraft..... Nitpick mode off..... Ken
  6. As an aside.... check out photos of Spitfires in level flight...... The elevator is always a few degrees down ...... This pic shows it well https://cdn.airplane-pictures.net/images/uploaded-images/2017/8/28/954733.jpg A simple Google of 'Spitfire' will turn up more showing the slight down elevator. Ken
  7. Just a nitpick for clarity... it's actually Ministry of Emergency Situations - in Russian MChS :- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Emergency_Situations_(Russia) They operate most versions of Russian aircraft (but sadly, no longer the Il-62) - some of my pics... Yak-42D IL-76TD Be-299ChS Fantastic model of the Il-62 BTW ...... Ken
  8. IIRC it was called the HOW Project - Hercules On Water. There were a couple of B&W photos in an old copy of Profile Pubs on the C-130 - which showed that it also had a retractable hydroski. Ken
  9. Yes - all in 1/144 scale......KM, Lun and 14M1P are Anigrand resin kits, A-90 'Orylonok' is the Revell kit corrected. More photos here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_ekranoplans.html Modifying the Revell kit is here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_a-90.html If you are interested, I scratch-built the A-90 in 1/72 scale many years ago - (including my photos of the real thing) :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_a-90 scratchbuild.html Regards Ken
  10. As in..... (all 1/144 scale) A 1/72 scale Lun would be nice.... Ken
  11. Amodel do the bomb.... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AMU72265 All you need to add is the correct version of the Tu-95.... Ken
  12. The Il-38 is based on the Il-18 airliner - with the wings moved forward 3m (9ft) for CG reasons - because of all the mission equipment fitted. I built mine 17 (!) years ago..... :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_il-38.html I fitted a lot of weight into the forward fuselage (a spark plug and a heavy bolt)..... ....but I still had to fit a tail prop support (as on the real thing).... One major problem I found is that the canopy sill on the fuselage moulding is not parallel to the ground.... (either that or the wings aren't fitted correctly?) ... I had to add plastic card to the lower (stbd) side and sand down the highr (port) side to make the canopy fit correctly... Check yours out before proceeding much further. Great progress so far BTW - yours is looking great. Ken PS _ I have just realised looking at your pics - mine didn't come with weapons bay interiors - just the doors - the interiors must have been add in later kits (?)
  13. Some images on the BAS website ;- https://www.bas.ac.uk/data/our-data/publication/british-antarctic-survey-aircraft-2/ and...... https://www.bas.ac.uk/polar-operations/sites-and-facilities/aircraft/ Ken
  14. You also might want to check the doors..... Most 'Salons' had the ports side sliding door replaced with a fold-down 'airstairs' door.... .... and a rear airstairs incorporated into the rear (fixed) clamshell..... Note :- the above is a 'stretched' variant for the Afghan President - but the entrance doors are the same as a 'standard' Salon Stay Safe Ken
  15. I did a 'Salon' in 1/72 scale - I used masking tape to get the approximate dimension and just cut away at the round windows until they were rectangular (longer than the width)... I just did it by 'eye' - I don't know the actual dimensions. I can't remember how I glazed them - I think I fitted a strip of clear plastic inside before joining the two fuselage halves - then filled with Airfix Clear. Here's a pic of the real thing to work out the window size.... Don't forget the curtains!!!!!! Happy Hipping Ken
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