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  1. Hi fellow modelers, This topic is about my latest project in progress, the Modelsvit 1:72 Antonov 225 Mriya. Enjoy! On april 3th 2020 it finally arrived, my dream kit I was waiting for.. A 1:72 scale An-225!! Carefully wrapped and packaged for transport from Ukraine: As you see, a lot of content in the box... 975 parts in total, with PE set and mask, and 4 decal options. The first thing I just wanted to see was the size when finished , so a quick dry fit was done: Length: 1.17 meters width: 1.22 meters weight: 2.5 kilogrammes. I also have the Modelsvit 1:72 Antonov 124, a project on hold now I have the 225 kit. The 124 is the 'little' brother of the Mriya. Here you see them side by side.. I also have the Amodel 1:72 Buran kit, the Russian Space Shuttle for which the 225 was specially designed. It was meant to ride 'piggyback' on the 225 for transport, just as the Boeing 747-123 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft). (I'm also building a 1:72 B747 SCA with Space Shuttle, a project on hold, but I will add that topic on Britmodeller some time ). I could place the Buran on the 225, then it would look like the Mriya on display in the late eighties: And this is what my model would look like: Look at the 1:72 scale figure... This will be REALLY huge! The problem is, I really like the modern An-225 with yellow and blue striping. I'm still doubting which version I'm going to build.. Well, first I need to start building this kit, time enough to make the ultimate decision which version it will be. I started with the tail. As the fuselage and wings are made of fiberglass with a thin polyester coating, it's kind of difficult to work with. So sanding the surfaces to be glued rough, and use superglue or 2 components glue for the different materials used in this kit. The tail was a bit tricky, as there is a difficult dihedral angle in the tail of the 225: Then I started attaching the 'bumps' on the fuselage. Quite a lot of them: I didn't attached the biggest bumps yet, as they partially cover the wings which are detachable. So to avoid breaking loose again during a test fit, I'll wait with the attachment on the fuselage: A 1:72 Piper Cub for scale comparison.. Look at the massive size of the stabilo: The tail has 2 large aerodynamic cones attached to the rear, so I glued those parts to the tail but didn't fit at all.. Be warned, as you will notice during this project, literally EVERY part of this kit has to be sanded to shape. Modelsvit kits are not for the 'easy-builders', you need to do a lot of scratchbuilding and improvising to get things done.. These are the cones: The fiberglass under the polyester layer becomes clear after sanding One thing I noticed during the very first dry fit, was that one of the 2 provided aluminium tubes (used for sturdy but detachable wings on this model) had a wrong diameter. As you see, in the manual it says 5mm and 8mm diameter: The 8mm fits like a glove: But the 5mm doesn't fit: After checking: ..it needs to be 6mm. The problem with this fiberglass-polyester coated material that it is really hard t cut or drill; it is very brittle so widening this hole with a drill is risky.. I screwed up a little on my Modelvit An-124 model with cutting a piece, the material just 'shattered' during cutting. So as this hole is very important for a 'glove-like' fit (it has to support a large wing with 3 engines!) I will look for a 5mm diameter tube as replacement. The kit comes with a little PE set, consisting of little vents to be placed over the fuselage: Also, the fuselage has a sharp hardened edge over the entire length. So that needs to be sanded carefully: Now a little side jump. I started my 1:72 An-124 a couple months ago, but that's a project on hold at the moment as I want to finish the 225 first. From the 124 kit I already finished the nose with cockpit section; that was a project on it's own as nothing fits inside the fiberglass nose! It's a matter of constructing the polystyrene flightdeck parts together (sanding every part and filling of gaps of course): And then just 'glue the flightdeck somewhere in the nose' or something like that : ( .. No prefabricated inserts or points to attach to: So I thought first: I'm going to use my finished An-124 nose on the 225 kit, as both have identical nose shape and it saves time.. (I'm going to post my An-124 topic here some time, promised, but here a very short side jump of the construction of the 124 nose). First I glued the transparent upper part to the nose section: And here you see the constructed flightdeck, attached to a scratchbuilt support fuselage-rib, and the attached nose weight for a sturdy construction of the flightdeck to the nose. Yes, be prepared to improvise and adapt with this kit! Ok, a little more explanation. Here you see the 2 noses. Left the 124-one, right the 225-one. As you see, I fabricated a supporting rib from Plasticard. This rib 'fills up' the empty nose and provides support for the attachment of the flightdeck. This way it is possible to safely attach the flightdeck into the hollow nose, because should you 'bump' the kit to something after glueing the nose to the fuselage, and the flightdeck should come loose... you never can repair or attach it again. Also, this rib provides sturdy and secure support for the heavy nose weight these kits need to have as these kits are potential tail-sitters. This is the flightdeck: I need to blend the rib with parts of the flightdeck to make it 1 smooth construction. In this case, I replaced the curtains-parts by drawing the contours on the rib and cut it to the same shape: Measuring the width of the front flightdeck, so it can fit through the rib: This is how it will look: After cutting the contours of the curtains and fitting the flight deck through the rib, this is the result: But I engaged some fitting problems afterwards with the flightdeck, so I let it be for the moment. So I started the construction of the engines.. 6 in total. 6 Little projects, as there are quite a few parts: For every part you need to remove edges, and sand them smooth first. For example: I sprayed the turbine blades parts polished steel: And here I made a mistake.... Due to an error in the manual! It shows an incorrect drawing of fan blades attachment, so I need to glue 1 part upside down to avoid too much distance between the 2 fan blades parts. It's a little difficult to explain, but it needs to be said that this is a careless mistake from Modelsvit. Also because it's not clear how the parts finally look after glueing them. Well, lesson learned: more dry fitting with the rest of the parts first! The 2 fan blades parts are supposed to fit into each other so the 2x16 fans have to shape into 1 ‘disc’ of 32 fan blades..?? It’s clearly that that is not possible... whatever I try; upside down... ...it keeps consisting of 2 parts stacked on each other. This is how it's supposed to look: So I did it my way. The manual is just wrong. First I cut of each blade of 1 of the 2 fan blade parts and I glued each fanblade between the other part’s fan blades. I used a circular mold to keep a steady circle as the little fan blades are bended and need to be glued at an inclined angle: Almost finished... And there it is, a perfect 32 bladed fan. Now 5x16 more blades to go.. ...but job done, and ready to continue the build. So be warned, don’t glue something from this kit before test fitting it and think in advance what the result will be. Continuing the engine project, first a lot of sanding and test fitting before painting and gluing. Some parts are quite a challenge: And surprising, the engine halves don't fit at all. So sanding again... The turbine parts: The exhaust cones need to be drilled open: during the build, I made a bigger shelf to the wall as this behemoth needs a place to sit later. The shelf is 2.50 meters long and 60 centimeters deep.. ...and guess what.. still needs to be deeper, I think 70 cm: Well, first continue the build. I still got time enough left to think about another shelf. After research on the Internet I found out that the 225 engines are quite 'clean' and maintained from the inside, I saw a lot of white inner plating. So I decided to do that instead of 'gunmetal' inner halves as the (wrong) manual says: Added just a little weathering of panel lines, you don't see much left later on as the halves are glued together: And, the intake ring and exhaust cone need a lot of sanding as they do not fit well. still a lot of work to be done to these engines : ( To be continued....
  2. Antonov An-2, pics thanks to Graeme H
  3. Antonov An.225 Mrija (04957) 1:144 Revell Beginning life as an enlargement of the An-124, the An-225 was developed to carry the Soviet Buran Space Shuttle, which obviously wasn't to be a long engagement, and after a period in mothballs, it was re-engineered to be used by Antonov for carrying oversize loads, which it now does all over the world. There is only one airframe in existence due to the expiry of funding during construction of the 2nd airframe, which after more than a few false-restarts, only now might see completion to be used by another carrier in China. It holds a few world records for wingspan of an operational aircraft and for carrying the heaviest single load. The conversion of the An-124 involved lengthening the fuselage and wings to accommodate another two engines, and of course the number of wheels and gear legs were increased too to spread the load around, with the innovative "kneeling" nose wheel arrangement that makes loading cargo through the front visor an easier task. Its first commercial flight involved transporting four main battle tanks, a task that gives an idea of the huge capacity in terms both of volume and weight that this monster has. It has been surprisingly active, as its capacity and cost hits the right spot on more occasions than you would think. It also pinched the title of largest cargo plane in service from the American C-5 Galaxy, which it is fairly substantially bigger than, even in 1:144. The Kit This is a re-release from Revell of their completely new tool. At first look it might seem an odd choice when you consider that there is only one airframe extant on this blue marble of ours. That said, it is a stunningly massive monster of a gigantic behemoth. Seriously though, if you've ever seen this aircraft at a show or in the air, it will have made an indelible impression on your retina, as your mind struggles to comprehend just how large it is. The same thing will probably cross your mind when you admire the box on the shelf of your local hobby shop, or when it arrives at your front door. It's a big'un with the box measuring 43 x 60 x 12cm, and yes. It's also a top-opener, which is nice. There are only seven sprues of white styrene, plus one of clear parts, but with the exception of the clear parts, they're pretty large sprues, and there are a lot of parts. The boxing is very much a paired down version of the original kit, there is no separate nose, no interior and no landing gear, indeed a stand is now included to display the model on. First impressions are excellent. The quality of the tooling is very fine and crisp as befits a 1:144 model, with lots of detail.. The breakdown of the parts also shows a great deal of thought has been put into the construction and long-term welfare of the model once it is on display. Construction begins with the interior structure that will support the massive kit, there are to bulkheads and a linking part. The tiny cockpit is a single part that is painted up and attached to the top of the roof at the front, while another spacer is fixed to the roof toward the rear of the assembly. At this point the fuselage is still open aft of the wing leading edge, which is closed by the large T-shaped insert that has a sturdy spar applied to its inside, and includes the inboard upper section of the wings for strength and to prevent any tricky seams being pulled open by the weight of the wings. At the rear another spar is installed in the tail to accept the empennage later in the build. The canopy is fitted at this point too, sliding in from the front. A similar insert is fitted under the fuselage straddling the main gear bays. As already mentioned, the upper wing root is a single part that spans the fuselage, and has a stiffening spar fitted to stop the model's own weight from pulling it apart. The upper wing panels are attached to the end of this centre section, with a portion of the spar and a U-shaped mating surface also helping seam integrity. This is all then hidden away by closing up the wing using the full-span lower panel, which is repeated on the other side, with clear wingtip lights added. The Mrija's angled H-tail is next, with the upstands and the horizontals made up from two parts each, fitted together over the aft spar to obtain the correct angle, with the uprights perpendicular to them, as shown in a scrap diagram. The two dorsal humps over the wing roots are made up from two parts each and applied to the surface on their raised positions. At this stage the 225 is looking like the world's biggest glider, as the wings are devoid of engines, of which you must now build six. The internals are identical, so with the fan, trunking and intake lip added together, they are inserted into the six external housings and pylons that are all different, so take note of which construction step each one represents with a mark inside the pylon or similar. Each wing also has six flap actuator fairings, which are two parts each and again fit in only one slot on the wing, so be careful not to get them mixed up. With those in place, the engine pods are added to their recesses on the wing, locating with two pins for additional strength. As this is the in-flight option has all the bay doors fitted flush. After a few aerials are fitted on the nose, additional drawings show how the two open options should look once complete. Markings One airframe in existence, so there's one scheme, right? Not quite, this decal sheet has markings the airframe wore 1992 to 2007, and the slightly different ones 2007 to 2008 The decal sheet is very long, as it has a set of cheat lines, they are printed for Revell by Cartogrf (designed by Daco), with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The only thing that I will mention is that the yellow in the Ukrainian national markings is printed as orange for some reason? Conclusion It's hard not to be impressed by this kit, and not just from a point of view of size. The quality of the tooling is excellent, the level of detail is first-rate, and the engineering expertise that has gone into creating it is impressive, demonstrating a desire for the complete model to sit on your shelf for years to come without concern for it pulling itself to pieces under its own weight. Splendid! The price-point represents good value when compared to other similar-sized kits, and what's included improves that further. If you have the space in your stash and/or on your shelf, there's nothing holding you back, and even if you don't have the space, when has that ever stopped us? Extremely highly recommended. Revell model kits are also available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  4. Antonov An-181 Handiwork, this is a development of the An-24 designed for aerial cartography. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  5. Antonov An-26, NATO reporting name Curl. Pics thanks to Mike Costello taken at The Polish Aiviation Museum, Kracow.
  6. An-225 Mriya 1/144 I've seen a few attempts at this but haven't seen one finished yet so I've decided to take the plunge myself. The most obvious way to do this is to purchase 2 An-124 kits and extend the fuselage and wings. The tail will obviously have to be scratch built. I'm already waiting for the 124 kits in the post. However I've decided to build the core of the model using 2-d prints. I've estimated the fuselage length at 1/144 scale about 53.62cm, and that is the exact size that I will print off for the side profile. Theres also some fuselage sections which will come in handy to build up those extensions The tailcone is different to the 124. concentrating purely on the fuselage I'm estimating this is where it ends tidied up the diagram and printed out to size Looks like a scratch build from this but i want to make sure that the core of the model is strong enough so parts can be added gradually - its going to be heavy and BIG! The fuselage profile isn't exactly the same as the 124 so this also gives me a better idea.
  7. Antonov An-30 Clank, this is a development of the An-24 designed for aerial cartography.Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  8. Modelsvit is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Antonov An-70 kit - ref.7206 Source: https://www.facebook.com/136603423173762/photos/pcb.530194830481284/530194780481289/?type=3&theater V.P.
  9. Hi all, There really is no hope for me and my ever growing stash! In January I added the F-Rsin A300-600 (Monarch Airlines), a Welsh Models Bombardier CRJ-200 and now this Pas Models 1/144 Antonov An-32. I've loved the An-32 since being a kid, the engines look so out of proportion with rest of the aircraft, it looks a bit bonkers, so I thought I'd share some photos of the kit. Regards, Darren
  10. I had posted this project in the Aircraft RFI a week ago. I'm guessing it fits the bill for this forum too. My apologies for the repost. Cheers, Alex. The Antonov An-2 was widely used in Russia, and neighboring countries. A hardy, easily maintained, Short-Takeoff-Landing aircraft, it proved to be a life-line to many far flung rural communities. This little vignette is supposed to reflect the aircraft in that vital role. Thanks for watching! Cheers, Alex.
  11. The Antonov An-2 was widely used in Russia, and neighboring countries. A hardy, easily maintained, Short-Takeoff-Landing aircraft, it proved to be a life-line to many far flung rural communities. This little vignette is supposed to reflect the aircraft in that vital role. The Build: There was some minor scratch-building attempted on the aircraft: The cabin door was molded closed, so it was opened and a basic interior was created before joining the halves together. The engine was detailed a little as it's visible thru the front. The kit was missing the prominent wing-flap hinges, so they were created from 0.5mm styrene sheet. A bi-plane without rigging is no bi-plane at all, so despite the 1/144 scale, it was worth the effort. The cockpit frame was created with decals, unfortunately that area is one of the weaker points of the build. The rest of the scene is scratch built. The base was made from epoxy-putty, with real stones,graded sifted soil and match-sticks for the fencing. Static grass and colored saw-dust was used for the ground cover. Twisted wire and brush bristles dusted with colored saw-dust made the conifer trees. The chocks, access ladder and crates were built from stretched sprue, styrene sheet and choice expletives. Barrels were just bits of sprue. The man and dog were made from styrene sheet and stretched sprue. The man measures around 1cm in height, and had me cross-eyed for a few days after making him. On to the photos! Thanks for watching! Cheers, Alex.
  12. Brand (KUM)? - is working on a 1/144th Antonov An-178 kit - ref.? Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1011908745513189&id=100000822191722 CADs V.P.
  13. In no real order other than by aircraft type kinda... my 2015 with a little bit of 2016 thrown in, but will note by the 2016 photos! It's been a good year I must admit, and I've only been abroad once to Switzerland 'spotting' for the day.... All Russian/Soviet/Ukrainian/Eastern European types as these are my all time favourite.... Hope they are of interest! and two from tonight (07/01/16) taken at East Midlands...
  14. Not a common sight in the UK, I actually went down for the two Hungarian Air Force An-26's but when I arrived LZ-FLA (seems to be a bit of a resident at Birmingham at the moment...) was sat in a great position.... The two HuAF 26's brought over musical instruments for some reason... (obviously getting played somewhere) I couldn't get over during the day and seeing as I like a night shot or two... I ventured over late one night. Hope they're of interest. x3 An-26's at Birmingham, LZ-FLA, 603 & 407 HuAF by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr x3 An-26's at Birmingham, LZ-FLA, 603 & 407 HuAF by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr x3 An-26's at Birmingham, LZ-FLA, 603 & 407 HuAF by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr
  15. Hi all, I am soon going to be attempting an AModel AN-32 in the current grey (greenish grey all over) scheme. I am not sure what the best Humbrol equivalent is and wonder if there is anyone out there who knows? Thanks a lot. Best regards, Martin
  16. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Antonov A-40(KT)prototype flying tank using T-60 kit - ref.72202 Source: http://hobbyterra.com/product/antonov-a-40-kt-prototype-flying-tank-using-t-60-amodel-72202.html Box art V.P.
  17. After working on this kit for the past eight years, I've eventually managed to finish this off ! I'm sure that I made it harder than it should have been but frequent trips to the "loft of shame" didn't help the poor thing. Enough reminiscing - here are my photos of Roden's 1/72 An-12BK finished off using one of the schemes from the Authentic Decals sheet 72-09 In spite of my best efforts to wean myself off the civvie stuff, I couldn't resist a scheme with a cheat-line. Thanks for looking. mike
  18. A few recent photos of some of Russians finest! I apologise in advance for the excessive amount of photos. EW-394TI An-12 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr An-12 nose dive.. UR-DWF by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr UR-DWF An-12BK by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr UR-DWF An-12BK by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr UR-DWF An-12BK by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr An-12 nose on.. UR-DWF by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr UR-DWF An-12BK by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr UR-DWF An-12BK by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr and then a quick dash over to East Midlands for a rare Russian An-26, RA-26142, not knowing UR-CJN was on the ground too. First two shot through a fence and I was ridiculously tired so these aren't the best, not forgetting light was dropping very quickly! UR-CJN An-12 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr RA-26142 An-26B by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr then I made the choice of sticking on my 100mm prime for the An-26, using 12,800iso to give me a faster shutter speed, I wish I'd stuck my x2 teleconvertor on now though giving me a bit more reach. RA-26142 An-26B by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr RA-26142 An-26B by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Then as I was leaving I tried once more for this using a different spot. Hasn't come out to bad, but not the sharpest. UR-CJN An-12 by Totallyrad.co.uk, on Flickr Until next time, thanks for looking.
  19. Hi everyone Finished this at the same time as my 757-200. It is the fantastic revell kit. I started this 3 years ago, messed it up back then by spraying way to much paint on it and it was slung into the box. I decided it was time to reserect it of the stash and i got to work sanding of the old paint and here are the results. Its all hand painted, i still havent got any paint.... Well enjoy the results! Thanks Bradley
  20. Antonov An-12, pics from Graeme H
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