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  1. 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 o
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!!!!!!
  5. A little progress...... Taping the lower pannier to the hull........ ...reveals a large mis-fit at the front and rear...... I sanded the mating surfaces to a bevelled-edge - which made the fit better... and finished off with filler. The Conning Tower/Bridge/Sail is made up from two sides and a top section... Guess what? - the cutout in the top decking doesn't match the contours of the sail - so more fettling and filler... Finally - all the major parts are fit
  6. It's a great kit - easy to build with plenty of detail.... http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_other.html#Japanese_I-400_Class I put one of the Seirans on the catapult - with one just inside the hangar...... Can you spot the obvious mistake....??? Ken
  7. You neeed to look at the history.... In the beginning there was the Sukhoi Design Bureau (OKB) in Moscow - that designed and built a few protoypes of the T-10/T-10S (Su-27). Production of the Su-27 single-seater was then assigned to a 'factory' who produced it in quantity - in this case the Komsomolsk-na-Amur Aviation Production Association (KnAAPO) Sukhoi OKB then designed the tandem two seater (Su-27UB) - and this was assigned to a new factory for production - Irkutsk Aviation Production Association (IAPO) based in Irkutsk. Are you still with m
  8. Gluing the upper and lower hull halves reveals the usual join line - easily fixed with the application of filler..... The join lines in the ventral pannier are filled and sanded smooth...... Ken
  9. As with most Mikro-Mir sub kits, the parts have large sprue gates and need a lot of 'fettling' (scraping and sanding) to make good mating surfaces..... The ventral structure for the divers saturation chamber is made up from two sides and a floor (or 'roof' - depending on your point of view)..... There are no positive location pips - so I added strips of L-section plastic to form a ledge on which the 'floor' can sit..... This made locating the sides much easier.... ..... although there are still seams to fill
  10. Just delivered - courtesy of Hannants and Royal Mail - Mikro-Mir's latest 1/350 scale submarine USS Parche SSN-683 - Late Version. Box art - note the divers lockout chamber on the aft casing - disguised as a DSRV.......... The instruction sheet is a flimsy A4 page folded in half ........... the first page gives a brief potted history of the boat and a painting guide (!)... The reverse is the construction diagram....... The hull is split horizontally..... The only other sprue provides
  11. Sorry ModelMonkey - but I don't have any other 1/35 scale tanks to compare it with....... Ken
  12. I'm not a tank modeller - but ever since I photographed it at Kubinka, I have been fascinated by this unusual tank... So when Panda Models kitted it I added it to my stash - and have just got round to making it.... More images here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_object-279.html The 'weathering' is a bit naff - but I've done my best - so be gentle with me..!! The Wiki entry is here if you want more info... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_279 Stay Safe Ken
  13. Amodel do it in 1/72 scale......... The fuselage fuselage and wings are in fibreglass - there are a few fit issuse - but the build is not too difficult.... http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_be-200.html I agree with your wish for an A-40 though - that would be nice ! Great model in 1/144 scale Daneel. Ken
  14. Great progress Nikolai (and Johnny) If they are any use to you, I have some walkround photos of the Mi-24A - taken at Samara State Aerospace University airfield ..... I managed to get the sliding door open and got inside.... More photos -( including interior shots and some taken at Monino) are here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/m-24a.htm Hope these help.. Ken
  15. Excellent model Dimiter Great build and stunning finish..... I didn't know that Amodel had done this kit - I built the Avis kit of the La-200 with Korshun radar.... The worst part was the main undercarriage - realistic but very weak... I had to put a clear-plastic prop under the fuselage to support the weight...... Did you have any problems with your excellent build..??? Happy New Year Ken
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