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  1. One thing I do whenever I have the Eduard pre painted is to 'paint the pre painted' with the cockpit color I am using. It gets rid of that gritty grainy texture that the Eduard pre painted has and makes the match to the rest of the cockpit seamless. Just thin down the paint and cover the larger areas and get as close as you can to the 'details', it's easy to correct if you cover a detail.
  2. Cool, sounds like you were at the Petting Zoo. Yes, I'm pretty sure there's comment on the MiG smell in the books. I've gotten ahold of the revised/updated edition of the Steve Davies book and will keep an eye out for it.
  3. After building my 1/48 MiG-23MS from the USAF's secret MiG squadron I jumped on the chance for an 'quick' build with a Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-21 F-13 I had in the stash. I added some Eduard etch in the cockpit and a Pavla seat, paints were Model Master mixes and the decals were drawn from several aggressor sheets. My MiG-23MS build has a little more info about the Constant Peg MiG story.
  4. Have a look at the main gear legs, they make it stand too high and it doesn't have that Foxbat rear heavy slouch. It's like ICM measured a MiG-25 that was empty of fuel or had no engines.
  5. Wow, where to start? Cold War Studio nose (rescribed to MS), Aires cockpit, wheel wells, intakes, engine, Master pitot, SAC gear, Armory wheels. Paints were lightened versions of the two ghost grays, Model Master enamels with AKAN Egyptian colors on top. Neat video you've posted of the 4477th. I would like to see more photos and videos surfacing since it's declassification. I bet his talk is getting better each time, hope he comes back. Try to get ahold of the Steve Davies book too. I a MiG-27 and a MiG-23 MLD that are ready to go and I will get to them but I've currently got Trumpeter/aftermarket fatigue so feel the need to do something that has little putty and sanding requirements. Right now I'm making a quickie of a Constant Peg MiG-21 F-13 (Trumpeter!) to sit next to it.
  6. Fantastic work stulad! And for the record I did say bin the Huey (you stubborn bottom). However, I know the Huey is gonna be a good'un...
  7. Great photos, thanks CC. A couple more MiGs have turned up on FB. Declassification has a lot more people from the program talking about it. One fella even said in 1987 he flew against the MiG-23 I used as my model's subject.
  8. I think I've seen photos of a MiG-23BN there, post any photos you have. The Davies book suggests that most of the MiGs were buried after the program was closed down. Some went to museums, some remained flying. Even Col. Peck wasn't able to get any new info on what happened to the aircraft.
  9. Looking into some schemes for a Constant Peg MiG-21 F-13 to go with the MiG-23MS I just did I found your work. Excellent stuff, you made a bunch of them.
  10. That was thanks to the excellent Mike Grant rivet decals.
  11. That's all I had. It's a great read. I've ordered the second edition though, too tempting, I've got a couple of those YF-110s (MiG-21s) in mind to build still and hoping the extra info might add more light into a still very dark program. Even Col. Peck whose done some online lectures recently about the program found little help from the USAF in locating the airframes so many years later. This fellow on on another forum found what seems to be Red 44 that's featured on the cover of Col. Peck's book, full of holes. I had seen this before I found the photos of the one I ended up making thinking 44 was the only gray camo that was in the clear. Even better discovering Red 39 was that it was in full wrap around camo, which having never done a wrap around before was tougher than anticipated.
  12. It's a great read, deeply researched with interviews and footnoted. Apparently the Flogger's motor spooled up was so loud it made the ground crewmen feel physically ill. As TheyJammedKenny! mentioned earlier, try to get the 2012 edition, it has a red band at the top and says featuring new recently declassified material. Seems to be 70 pages more.
  13. Normally that would be the case but my wife and 5yr old were in the room at the time, I'm sure she was holding her breath at what was to follow yet somehow I held it together. I messed around with a vac canopy I have but I decided that the crack wasn't really that noticeable and in these strange days it seems foolish to waste several days on a canopy when the stash still stands high!
  14. That's a cool story. And I just looked at my book, a 2008 edition. Thanks for the heads up, I'll be looking out for the 2012 version.
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