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  1. Great news - but it's a bit late for me - I've already done the conversion.... As it was originally meant to look like - with 12 lift engines........ It looks like Modelsvit include the collapsible floats - but not the lift engines... Ken
  2. After a coat of Halford's Grey Plastic Primer... ... ready for a black topcoat.... For my black painted subs, I use a rattle can of Halford's Volvo Dark Grey - which gives a nice 'off-black' finish, suitable for this scale..... Now I just need to mask off the anti-slip decking and paint it matt black - along with the side vents.... Off for a lie down now - it's too hot and muggy (although it's really Weggy) to do much. Ken
  3. A little (slow) progress..... All the slots to take the tongues on the rudder and dive planes had to be reamed out to fit - Ready for a coat of Halford's Grey Primer.... Note my botched attempt at depicting the louvre on the casing. I tried to cut out a square of plastic - but my hand-eye co-ordination isn't up to it these days - so it's filled in and I'll just paint a black square on the finished model. Ken
  4. One more question Stuart.... Did Courageous (and others in the Churchhill class) have an anti-slip surface along the top of the hull?? .... and if so - how far did it extend ? Regards Ken
  5. Great work on the vents - although you are forcing me to re-think my square of black decal fix - thanks a bunch I also noticed that on her return to Faslane, Conqueror has her name plate attached to the sides of the sail - decal not supplied by Mikro-Mir, sadly. Ken
  6. A little progress..... Filler sanded down..... Closeup of the front join - and the separate forward diving plane 'shoulders'. Sail/conning tower parts - complete with inner decking. Ken
  7. Good spot on those vents Stuart .... Now that I know about them - I'm undecided whether to just depict them by adding a square of black decal at the end of the build - or trying to gouge out a square in the plastic so that the vent is properly recessed. Do we know what is inside the vent ? - Louvres? square mesh or what? Keep up the good work Ken
  8. Re the 'dots' along the hull Stuart..... you must have got a 'duff' mould - those dots are not present on my kit.... Ken
  9. Thanks all for the info about the white waterline.... I used thin strips of plastic card glued to the hull sides to make a stronger join... there are only locating holes/pips at front and rear. .... then glued to hull halves together..... The joint isn't that good - so out with the filler.... It isn't as bad as it looks - I overdid it with the filler. More later.... Ken
  10. Look what the postman just delivered - the new submarine kit from Mikro-Mir...... Box art (Note the patriotic logo) HMS Conqueror (S48) is the Royal Navy Churchill Class sub that sank the General Belgrano during the Falklands war. First page of the instruction sheet... Second sheet... Decal shet (note the skull and crossbones) and etched propeller..... Upper and Lower hull... The rest of the parts... It looks like a simple build - in the usual Mikro-Mir style - thanks to them for producing a kit of an important historical British submarine. Can anyone confirm the white waterline markings - I don't think I've ever seen it on a RN sub before???? Ken
  11. Not well known (even less acknowledged), but Kozhedub was the highest scoring 'allied' ace of WWII (or the Great Patriotic War as it was to the Soviets). Ivan Kozhedub's La-7 at Monino..... Close-up of the 62 kill markings with three 'Hero of the Soviet Union' medals..... Another view of 'White 27'.... Ken
  12. A bit late for your build, but this site has some exceelent walkround photos of the real thing :- https://igor113.livejournal.com/51213.html?page=1 Great build BTW - how are you going to display it ? I did my Anigrand resin version skimming across the water....... Ken
  13. The 'Lun' (Hen Harrier) wasn't the Caspian Sea Monster - that was the much bigger 'KM' (Korabl Maket - Test Ship).... When satellite images first appeared, American journalists dubbed it the 'Caspian Sea Monster', so the Soviets started also calling it the 'Kaspiisk Monstr' Some great walkround pics of the Lun can be found here :- https://igor113.livejournal.com/51213.html?page=1 Good luck with your build Rui ...... I built the Anigrand resin Lun some time ago.... My builds of the KM, Lun, A-90 and Bartini 14M1P are here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_ekranoplans.html Happy Ekranoplanning !! Ken
  14. Happy New Year everyone..... I'm having a clear-out of my made-up models - and I'm seeking advice on what price to ask for them They are mainly Russian/Soviet and are fairly large - for example this Amodel 1/72 scale Brabazon has a wingspan of 38 inches......... ....and this Amodel Myasischev M-59 Bounder is 14 inches.... Any advice on how to sell them (they are not postable) - and what you think they are worth - would be aprreciated. Ken
  15. The real thing is on display at Monino, Moscow...... Great model BTW Steve - it makes a great addition to Modelsvits lineal collection of 'Big Migs'....... Ken
  16. Some of them are also gold-tinted..... Taken at MAKS 2009 Great progress on your Il-76/-50 btw Ken
  17. PS - My photos of the real thing - taken at Monino - are here. Happy Boundering!! Ken
  18. I don't know if the General did, but my attempt is here. Ken
  19. 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
  20. They do have previous when it comes to nose intakes........... The Sukhoi T-49 testbed... from the 1960's Ken
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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