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  1. Evening All, Now that my 1/24th diorama is complete (have a look if you want to see how slow I am ), I can finally start this GB...only 2 months late! I initially planned to build an Aggressor F-15C from the now disbanded 65th Aggressor Squadron in a scheme matching my F-16 from the 64th. However, that scheme requires some careful masking with no masking set that I no of available, and since then the 492nd FS out of Lakenheath painted up a jet to commemorate 45 years for F-15A/B/C/Ds in Europe: Image courtesy of The War Zone https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/44245/fully-armed-grim-reaper-f-15-eagles-deploy-to-poland-in-response-to-russian-military-build-up It might be a simple scheme but given the time I have to complete this GB, simple is good - plus TwoBobs have released a decal set: http://www.twobobs.net/contents/en-us/p744_48-277-F-15C-Grim-Reapers-End-of-an-Era.html I have the well regarded but somewhat difficult to get GWH F-15C and have purchased the Quinta Studios 3d Cockpit decals, KA Models Nozzle Set, Eduard masks and Aires ACES II seat - The GWH kit is the best F-15 in scale but having built the E version a few years ago it does have some issues IMO. The decals aren't my favourite especially the matte finish, the seats lack detail and the actuator arms on the nozzles are a too thick, hence the AM parts. Construction unsurprisingly begins with the cockpit (just once I'd like to see someone start with the exhausts or something) and the kit parts are quite detailed but the Aires seat is a bit finer, and most importantly it's a good fit in the cockpit with only minor trimming needed. After fitting a full resin cockpit in my EA-6B, I appreciate the good fit here. Also note I have removed the moulded switch/panel detail on the tub in preparation for the Quinta decals The kit parts have some fine detail which would look great with the right painting but I don't have those skills and what I could do doesn't match the decals so it had to go And where I've got to tonight - basic cockpit primed in black in preparation for the base colour, detail painting and then the decals. I have started prepping the rear avionics bay pieces but I think there is still a little work to do here as I am considering replacing the plastic handles with metal ones due to the seam line on the kit parts. And that's it so far - hopefully I can keep the momentum up tomorrow night and look to get the cockpit mostly finished. Thanks for looking!
  2. Rumour: Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is reported working on a 1/48th Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" family. Source Yufei Mao aka Haneto facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530620570788306&set=a.243061249544241&type=3&theater Wait and see. V.P.
  3. As there is currently a Century Series group build underway I thought I would complement their work with the aircraft that many Century Series pilots would have trained in - the T-33A. This is the Great Wall Hobby late T-33 kit that I'll be building as the last T-33 flown by USAF Air Defence Command in the Cold War. So, here's the obligatory boxart: To it I'll be adding the Big Ed set which provides seatbelts, mask, flaps and a single set for interior and exterior details. I'll be handing the flaps to my teenage son who is about to finish exams and who will have ample time (and the good eyesight) in order to be able to go all of that folding. I'd purchased some Caracal 1/48th decals to do the aircraft I was aiming for and then purchased the kit and found the same option was provided for within the kit decals. Here's the excellend 3-view that GWH provide with the kit: This is my first GWH kit but I'm impressed by the quality of the plastic used and the molding. The parts are really well formed and detailed and the use of a number of different small sprues ensures everything is well molded.
  4. The Lady in the Dark takes to the night sky. Just finished GWH or Lion Roar's (whatever they prefer to be called) 1/48 Northrop P-61B Black Widow. This kit was quite nice to put together, well detailed, fit was good for the most part. I did find some design choices questionable such as the lack of a wing spar and wobbly landing gear placement but despite that I enjoyed working on this subject and yes, I would not have painted it any other color than black. Check out the full build here on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwqRK7pm27M
  5. Onwards 2022, Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is to release a new tool 1/72nd Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 "Fulcrum" family. Source: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/319406-great-wall-hobby-gwh-l4830-148-su-30sm-“flanker-h”-multi-role-fighter/&do=findComment&comment=3063658 V.P.
  6. I've already built two straight American aircraft, so logically I should build one more. My next task will be the lady in the dark herself, Great Wall Hobby's (or Lion Roar's take your pick) 1/48 Northrop P-61B Black Widow. It looks very nice so far, there are some problematic sink marks and small amounts of flash but generally a good looking kit and we'll see how the build goes.
  7. No it's not a joke. Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is also preparing a 1/48th Grumman F-14A Tomcat kit - ref. L4823 Sources: http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2018/0928/5025.html https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5896435363 V.P.
  8. Here is my recently completed Great Wall Hobby 1/48 Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E. This kit has to be one of the very best kits I have ever had the pleasure to build and the biggest too. It sat in my stash for 5 years as I was too intimidated by it's size and apparent complexity but in reality it was actually a lovely kit to build and comes highly recommended, it is big though! I started this in April last year and finished it a few days ago so 10 months or so but I wasn't speeding along. Everything you see came out of the box although I did add magnets to the weapons and pylons so I could swap them around and I have plans to add some aftermarket air to ground weapons in the near future. The only other additions are also some lovely 3D printed compressor faces and intake guide vanes that were kindly supplied by a fellow Flanker fan. The main camouflage was painted using Mr Paint colours. The metallic areas used various shades of AK Interactive Xtreme Metals and various other paints and weathering compounds. Although this colour scheme is included in the kit decal options I used Begemot Decals. Due to it's size I struggled to get a good lighting set-up and to pose it without things appearing in the background so my apologies for that, there are lots more photos on my Smugmug page if you want to see more. Enough waffle and on with the photos. Duncan B
  9. Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker B Update Sets (for GWH L4824) 1:48 Eduard Great Wall Hobby released their highly detailed Su-27 kit in 2021, numbered L4824, and as usual with them it’s a really nice kit, although not the cheapest in the world, or the easiest to get hold of. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve even further on the kit detail in their usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Update Set (491249) Two frets are included, one nickel-plated and pre-painted, the other larger fret in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels, sidewalls and side consoles with added levers for the cockpit, ejection seat detail for the anti-flail leg straps; a sensor suite for the exterior front and rear; auxiliary intakes for the twin engines plus the drop-down FOD guards in the trunking; edge skins for the air brake; roll-over hoop skins for the windscreen and canopy; anti-static wicks; and sweeper-lips for the nose-wheel’s mudguard are also supplied. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1250) These belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the four-point crew belts, you also get a set of the fan-shaped twin pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Masks (EX838) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition, you get a pair of tiny masks for the twin landing lights on the nose gear leg. Masks Tface (EX839) Supplied on a larger sheet/two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with everything above, but also give you another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Great Wall Hobby (G.W.H.) is working on its first 1/32nd kit a Curtiss P-40B Hawk 81/Tomahawk - ref. L3201 Sources: https://hobbylink.tv/the-latest-scale-model-news-from-the-all-japan-model-hobby-show-2018/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/MilitaryModelingSRG/permalink/2152742281608317/ V.P.
  11. Great Wall Hobby is to release a 1/48th Sukhoi Su-35S "Flanker-E" kit - ref. L4820 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154746140309147&set=gm.1933263940222820&type=3&theater http://www.greenmats.club/topic/3850-su-35s-в-148-от-gwh-анонс/ Though THE question: Is there a new tool complete "Flanker" family in design by GWH? Considering the quality of the GWH MiG-29 "Fulcrum" family... V.P.
  12. After its Su-35S "Flanker-E" (link) Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is to release a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" family. Source: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/319406-great-wall-hobby-gwh-l4830-148-su-30sm-“flanker-h”-multi-role-fighter/&do=findComment&comment=3063658 Merry Christmas! Very soon I believe. The 1/72 scale MiG-29 3 variants are already under mold cutting(we already revised errors in the original 1/48 ver.), and 1/72 Su-27 will follow next. Happy holidays. Yufei Mao V.P.
  13. Great Wall Hobby (GWH) is to release a 1/72nd Sukhoi Su-35S "Flanker-E" kit - ref. L7207 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MilitaryModelingSRG/permalink/2441443966071479/ https://www.facebook.com/yufei.mao.940/posts/756092534907774 And a bunch of pics: https://www.facebook.com/yufei.mao.940/media_set?set=a.756092464907781&type=3 V.P.
  14. Sukhoi Su-27 Wheels (648653 for GWH) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. As is now usual with Eduard's smaller resin sets, they arrive in the new shallow Brassin cardboard box, with the resin parts safely cocooned in bags, and the instructions folded around acting as padding. Inside are six resin parts on five casting blocks, and in a separate bag, kabuki tape masks to allow you to cut the demarcation between tyre and hub with little effort, and a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) with extra details. Eduard’s casting is the benchmark by which others are judged, and this is no different from the norm. Detail is exquisite, and to maximise this the brake sides of the main wheel hubs are separate parts that glue into the recess in the back of the wheel. You are given instructions to create hoses for the hubs too, which involves three short lengths of 0.4mm wire draped around the hub, and at the front you have a choice of two central discs. The nose wheel is a single part, but it has the traditional slatted mudguard trailing it, with PE support struts and two “skirts” at the sides to reduce spray even further. The detailed painting guide is scattered through the instructions, and as usual quotes Gunze colour codes along with the colour names to assist with painting. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Great Wall Hobby (GWH) from China & Pit-Road from Japan are to release 1/144th Boeing B-52G & H Stratofortress kits. The B-52D & F types are reported not being considered for the moment. First boxing will be in November 2020 the GWH kit: - ref. L1008 - Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Source: https://www.facebook.com/artscale.eu/posts/3529849030443269 V.P.
  16. Next Great Wall Hobby (GWH) F-15 variant in 1/48th is McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle - ref. L4822 Sources: http://www.moxingfans.com/new/news/2018/0627/4821.html https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5769954003 V.P.
  17. Here goes the (almost complete) WIP for my GWH twin-sticker Flanker. I used Galaxy Model masks for the pixel camouflage, Galaxy masks again for masking quite a lot of stuff, Foxbot decals and MRP paints. Here we go. The cockpits are painted MRP Sukhoi cockpit blue-grey, and I used the kit decals with quite the dose of Tamiya extra-strong decal softener. The gear bays are painted MRP Chassis Grey and the various bits are painted using Gunze. The nose gear bay has been cleaned quite a bit since I took this pic. The gear bays are glued to the belly of the beast: And both cockpits are glued to its back. I kept the sprue on the wings as long as I could to avoid breaking the static dischargers (and as I only broke one, I'm pretty proud of myself). The belly and the back go together without any fuss. And the intake assemblies go seamlessly. The radome needs a bit more attention. And then it's masking time. Or should I say era? Fins are assembled and glued, stabilators are just snapped in place. This is a big one. Canopy is masked. Main gear door are glued in place using a tiny drop of CA glue. I took the nose gear door I didn't intend to use, cut everything that protruded from it, and snapped it in place. The belly pale blue was sprayed and the gear doors removed. The base blue for the back followed. It's an entertaining shade... And now, masking. Again. The grey and the dark blue are sprayed in thin coats to avoid buildups around the masks. Unmasking a tailplane: Good! Now unmasking the rest of the plane. One thing, though. If you don't spray everywhere you need to spray, you're up an entertaining creek without a paddle. Guess what? I lost my paddle. And once everything has settled down: It is now time for some more masking. Masks away! Now for the interesting metal effects at the rear. I know it's been a long time, so why don't I put some more masks? Then a coat of Mr Surfacer 1500 Black followed by a coat of Zero Paint generic TS14 : Then MRP Titanium and Dark Aluminum. There are dark blueish stripes on these parts, I made them using a blue Sakura pencil. And after a thin coat of heavily thinned black, the masks are removed. Let's go for the nozzles. First, a primer coat of Mr Surfacer 1500 Black, then some MRP FS36081. Then the petals are masked (yeah, I know). Inside is painted white. Outside gets some Gunze Super Stainless and a thin coat of MRP Burnt Iron. Then goes a black oil wash, and I played with my red and blue Sakura pens, and a couple dozens of Q-tips. Everything is dulled using a photoetch stencil through which I sprayed MRP Exhaust soot. The stencil and the exhaust soot treatment is applied to the fuselage. Decals! And here is what the kit looks like now. Right now, I'm painting and decalling the missiles. Guess what? I got some more masking to do... S.
  18. Mig-29 Vacuformed Canopy (QC48008 for all GWH) 1:48 Quinta Studio Quinta are renowned for their superb 3D Printed cockpit decals, but they also have a range of crystal-clear canopies, some of which we’ve reviewed in the past. This set provides a replacement canopy and windscreen for all of Great Wall Hobbies (GWH) single-seater Mig-29s, of which there are a few. It arrives in a small Tupperware style container with a tear-off section to access the lip of the lid. Once removed from the box (which is useful in itself), the canopy is protected in a small Ziploc bag that has an adhesive label applied to one side. The vacformed canopy is a delight to behold, literally crystal clear with frames moulded-in with good sharpness thanks to the female moulding process used in all good vacforms. It will provide the perfect complement to their 3D cockpit sets to show off all that lovely detail, and it would be a great idea if they were also sold as a package. Just thinking out loud, of course. The corners of the forming material have been removed at source to protect the packaging, and to stop you poking or scratching yourself with a sharp corner, and those corners can be really sharp from my experience. How to Vacform Some of us are a little phobic about vacforms in general, and when we’re talking about canopies there’s no need to be, as they’re small and relatively easy to cut out of the sheet thanks to their thinness. Pack the interior of the canopy with Blutak and run round the border with a brand-new sharp scalpel blade, lightly at first. With successive strokes you will see the canopy start to come away from the carrier, so keep working until the whole thing is free. At this point you can test fit it and trim away any excess carefully with a sanding stick or very sharp scissors (I prefer the former). If you are separating the windscreen from the canopy, perform the same actions along the cut-line while the Blutak is still in position. When you remove the Blutak, you may need to remove the residue with a soft cloth, and a dip in Future/Klear will improve the clarity even further. To attach the canopy to your model, use either a PVA-based canopy adhesive, or GS-Hypo cement, which is my personal favourite. Conclusion Shiny, incredibly clear and pocket friendly. There’s nothing more to say really! Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. I started this model a year ago so I'll have to appologize for the photos as I am already into the main assembly. I did capture some portions which I'll post. This is a daunting project even after all the complex camouflage schemes I have done in the past. I had a hard look at the decals for the digital camouflage that came with the kit as an avid modler I cant get past that they just dont look realistic. In the end they look like decals we have all seen the projects and read the frustrations. So I have come up with a method of doing the digital camo that will allow for pre and post shading and keep that painted on look. The kit is a dream well worth the cost great instructions, detail and it comes with fully detailed engins. I ordered a mask from Scale-pro and it tuned out I was scammed and the guy had nothing to sell lesson learned. So I researched and found that a company called Galaxy Models makes a template to cut squares in several sizes 2mm to 6mm and pre cut sheets for convenience. There are two digital schemes Ill try this one. I did a few trials and yes its painstaking tedious work but the results are worth it. Here starting with scrap plasic and pre shading. First masking then sprayed with mid shade. Second masking and sprayed with lightest shade. Finally remove all masking. Another hurdle has been finding a reputable reference for the colours after alot of digging I found the right FS codes. Next it was onto the kit I purchased Eduards interior and exterior kit for the project. Interior Eduard kit applied and painted. Onto the engines More to come
  20. Llatest Great Wall Hobby announcement, a 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29SMT 9-19 "Fulcrum-E" - ref. L4818 Release in May 2015? Sources: http://www.hyperscale.com/2015/reviews/kits/gwh4818previewbg_1.htm V.P.
  21. My first completion of 2020 was built in less than 48 hours for a Group Build online. I chose the GWH F-15J Kids Kit as a mojo restorer. Built right out of the box and painted with Mr Color paints and Bare Metal Foil for the engine panels. A fun little kit with a lot of detail. Ideal for kids or for jump starting failing mojos like mine. I think I’ll have to build the GWH F-35 to keep this one company. Duncan B
  22. Hello friends, My apologies for the long period between postings. As you all are well aware of, life tends to get in the way of our hobby. Here is my latest project, the F-15I Ra`am from Great Wall Hobby in 72nd scale. Here are my thoughts of the kit......... 1. Built entirely out of the box. 2. Used acrylic paints for the airframe and weapons. 3. Used AK Interactive Extreme metal paints for the exhaust and natural metal sections. 4. Weapons ( GBU-31 JDAM, GBU-38 GPS guided, GBU-12 laser guided, AIM-120, & Python air-to-air missiles used from the kit ) 5. Tamiya tape for the seat belts. 6. Weathered using chalk pastels, washes, and paint. 7. The fit was very good apart from some serious issues with the front windscreen. Perfect Plastic Putty was used extensively to help correct the misaligned part. 8. The kit supplied decals were thick and I experienced some of the dreaded “silvering”. Much time was spent correcting the mishap. 9. Mold seam on the center of the both sections of the windscreen needed to be eliminated. 10. “F-15I Ra`am in IAF Service” ( IsraDecal Publications / Ra`anan Weiss ) used as reference. Hopefully my time between postings and visiting this excellent website will not be as long. Thank you in advance for all of your comments. Respectfully submitted, Mike
  23. After the two seats F-15B/D (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946867-gwh-is-going-to-do-a-f-15-bd-in-48th-scale/?hl=eagle#entry1408606), here's the single seat McDonnell Douglas F-15C MSIP II Eagle by Great Wall Hobby (GWH) - ref.L4817. Release expected in late June so probably available by July some time. Source: http://www.hyperscale.com/2014/reviews/kits/gwh4817previewbg_1.htm V.P.
  24. Hello, i wanted to build a Fulcrum in 1/48 scale since a long time and finally got around to do it. It is also my first WIP, hopefully of many. The kit has nice details, so i will build it OOB, except for some scratchbuilding here and there plus the ejection seat, where I´m currently eying the Quickboost one. I started with the cockpit, which was pretty straightforward, Decals for the IP, Vallejo Pale Blue gray on, detail painting, and then some drybrushing with light gull gray to add some highlights. I´m going to add some wires too, but I have to wait for the new Seat to avoid any fit issues. The other thing I did, was painting the engines. Those are really nice and in my opinion one of the Highlights of this kit, contrasting the burner cans, which are kind of a nightmare. So, that´s it for now. Thanks for looking and please excuse my english Alex (Edit: I think i fixed the photos)
  25. Mig-29SMT 1:48 Great Wall Hobby The Mig-29M is an improved Mig-29, and has all the improvements over the original aircraft that you would expect in the shape of reduced weight, more powerful engines, increased fuel load and more modern avionics. It also has new radar, a HOTAS control system and other such modern bells and whistles that are en vogue in the 21st century jet fighter. Why do you need to know? Well, the SMT is a retro-fit package that upgrades existing Mig-29s to a similar standard to the M, and includes a pronounced humped dorsal spine containing additional fuel that gives it a range of 1,300 miles on internal fuel alone. Incorporated in the package are seven hardpoints that can carry a variety of weapons that the M can also carry, with the possibility for future upgrades for weapons developed by foreign companies, which must be firmly aimed at their export market. The Kit GWH pleased a great many modellers when they announced their new Mig-29 kit, and they are slowly bringing out variants as time goes by, with this their latest offering showing marked differences from the other releases, which will broaden its appeal. The kit arrives in an end-opening box (I know! The trauma!), but inside is a tray in which all the parts are held, so fret not. You might initially think that there is a white card lid inside, but that is a separate box for the large fuselage/wings part to protect it against damage. Below that is a plastic carton with six rather cleverly slide-moulded weapons in, and under that are the traditional sprues, of which there are fourteen of various sizes, all in a mid-grey styrene. The clear sprue is both separately bagged and protected by a clear sheet that is mildly sticky, which prevents any damage occurring before it is removed by the modeller, or in this case the reviewer to take the photos. A sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass parts are bundled in the same bag as the decal sheets, of which there are two, both having thick yellow paper to protect the delicate decal surface. The instruction booklet is printed in black and white on matt stock, while the painting and decaling guide is on both sides of glossy A3 paper, folded in half to fit the box. As always with GWH you get a sense of a quality product even before you have started looking at the individual sprues. The instruction booklet cites Alexander Dramnikov and Yufei Mao as being involved with the project, which is good to see. The cockpit is first to be built, and it is well-appointed with a detailed ejection seat that has PE seatbelts and leg-guides, a floor panel and stick, to which the side panels are added after they are detailed with side console inserts. The main instrument panel is a single part with raised detail moulded-in, to which you add a sizeable quantity of decals once it is painted. There are 15 in all, with optional on and off decals for each of the two main MFD screens, which is clever. It is attached to the underside of the upper fuselage later in the build after preparation of the major parts. A two part circuit-breaker box is attached to the turtle-deck behind the pilot, plus a piece of PE to add more detail. The gear bays of the SMT are all built up from separate panels to ensure that there is plenty of detail, while the main bays have ribbing on the upper areas for additional strength. Drill out the hard-points if you are planning on loading weapons later, build up the twin tails, which have separate rudders and PE slime-lights, and then you're almost ready to close up the fuselage. The flying surfaces are all separate, and are trapped between the fuselage halves to remain free, but the slats on the leading edges simply fit into a curved slot at the front of the wing, so check that you have them at the correct angle on both sides before the glue goes off, or you'll be very sad when you notice they aren't. The fins are added to the top deck by drilling out the flashed-over holes from inside, which is another task you don't want to forget. Similarly, you also need to drill out the holes for the chaff and flare dispensers that sit forward of the fins. The kit includes a pair of very nicely detailed Klimov RD-33 ser.3 engines, which are placed within the engine nacelles before the outer skins and intake ramps are added. There is also a trestle stand included for one engine in case you wanted to display it outside the aircraft. The detail is that nice out of the box, that it would be a shame to hide them away. The intake ramps were re-designed for the SMT, and they are provided here in two halves each, to which you add the integral FOD guards in styrene for closed, and PE for open/stowed. The upper section of the trunking is moulded into the lower fuselage, so to avoid seam-filling, it's probably easier to put the FOD guards down as they would appear when on the ground under normal circumstances. Some small parts, aerials and blade antennae are added to the underside and around the nose, as well as a pitot probe on the end of the separate nose cone. No mention is made of nose-weight, but you'd be well-advised to place a good quantity in there to be on the safe side. The canopy can be shown open or closed by the addition of a jack on the rear deck, which props up the separate canopy, while the windscreen goes on over the PE HUD for which a small slip of acetate film is included, with the outline printed on for your ease. With the airframe substantially complete, the landing gear is built up, with detailed legs, single-part tyres, and separate hubs, which cuts down on any seam filling. Bay doors are all well-detailed, and if you like your in-flight models you'll be pleased to know that they fit in the open or closed positions. The airbrake on the Mig-29 is a weird-looking hybrid of umbrella/clamshell, and sits between the exhausts. The brakes project up and down around a central strut, which is well-depicted, and can be posed open or closed by the omission of a few parts. As a final thought, a crew access-ladder has been included on one of the sprues, which is another nice addition. Weapons & external tanks are supplied along with a collection of engraved pylons and adaptor rails, with the following supplied in the box: 2 x PTB-1150 fuel tank 4 x R-73 AA missile 2 x R-77 AA missile The missiles are slide-moulded for detail, and are protected by a vacformed plastic carton, which takes up quite a bit of space in the box. The detail is really good though, and is further enhanced by PE fore-fins on the R-73s, and the waffle-textured steering vanes on the R-77s. A full set of stencils and painting instructions are supplied for both the missiles and their pylons. Markings There are two schemes included on the decals in the box, but both wear the same modern grey/light blue/darker blue splinter scheme with grey undersides that I associate with the T-50 Pak-fa, with little to tell them apart other than their aircraft numbers on the intake sides. The boxtop subject has a slogan and its tail-code on the tail (duh!), and it is interesting to note that it looks like the boxart was commissioned and printed before the correct serial codes were decided upon, as if you look closely at the box, there is an ingeniously disguised sticker with the correct serial placed over the wrong one. If you sneak a peek at the smaller images, they still read incorrectly RF-92235, rather than RF-92935. From the box you can build one of the following: Red 23 14th Leningrad's Guards Fighter Air Regiment, RusAF Airfield Khalino, Kursk region, 2010. Red 08 14th Leningrad's Guards Fighter Air Regiment, RusAF Airfield Khalino, Kursk region, 2009. The decals are well-printed in China, with very fine stencils being the order of the day. Registration, colour density and sharpness are good, and the satin carrier film is cropped close to the edge of the printed areas where practical. The Completed Model Conclusion This is a thoroughly modern tooling of the SMT, and is a welcome addition to the GWH line-up especially as it has that distinctive spine. Add the PE and clever moulding techniques used, and you have a well-rounded package that should appeal to anyone with an interest in Soviet fast jets. I would have preferred some variation in the colour schemes and squadron subject, but the scheme supplied is at least eye-catching to make up for it. Highly recommended. Available from all good model shops online and on the high street. Review sample courtesy of
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