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  1. Well I suppose I ought to show my intended build, seeing as the GB is my idea. I've been through quite a few different choices in my head as to what subject to build and am still not 100% sure which scheme to finish her in but I have at least decided which aircraft to build and have settled on Trumpeter's 1/48 Chengdu J-7B, what could be more appropriate than an Asian manufactured model of an Asian manufactured aircraft in Asian markings? The kit looks to be quite nice with good surface detailing and a fairly well equipped cockpit OOTB and comes with markings for 2 aircraft in PLAAF markings, the choice of colour scheme is like an T model Ford in reverse, any colour you want as long as it is white! Anyway onto the kit itself and starting with the ubiquitous box and contents shots. The box; And the contents, still sealed in their plastic bags; Quite a few parts for what is a reasonably small aircraft. I must congratulate Trumpeter for the way they have protected the clear sprues, they are wrapped in a foam packing and then sealed in their own little plastic bags, this absolutely removes any chance of accidental damage and really is to be applauded. you can see one sprue unwrapped and one still wrapped in the picture below, along with the dreaded rubber tyres (why?); The kit decal sheet looks to be well printed and is in perfect register; And a look at one of the options from the sheet, the other is identical apart from the aircraft's number; I wasn't over keen on an all white aircraft to begin with so I bought some aftermarket decals by Aztec which cover first generation Mig-21's and J-7's (actually F-7's when expported) which has some nice options on it; Only one of the options is appropriate for our GB, that being this one flown by the Bangladeshi Air Force from 1989 onwards; It was flown by 35 Squadron the "Thundercats", not sure which of the Thundercats flew it but my money is on either Lion-O or Tygra, Snarf couldn't reach the rudder pedals. So at some point I will need to decide which scheme to finish it in but as the aircraft are essentially identical I don't need to decide until the painting stage, and a weathered all white aircraft is growing on me. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  2. I decided to build this representation of a Tanzanian Air Force Command J-7G which was operating out of Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam while I was working there in 2015/16. The kit's pretty basic but goes together quite well. Unfortunately, I missed the locating lugs on the nose gear and it ended up canted to one side! Mostly OOB, with the Eduard Mig-21F-13 cockpit detail and wheel sets the only additions. I made the national markings on the ink jet printer from on-line references based on photos I took and others from various sources. A mate donated an extra external fuel tank so I could make the configuration I wanted. The forward air brakes are just cracked open, as per several references (the rear one is locked closed when the centre pylon is fitted). I removed and added a few antennae to reflect the actual configuration. A few WIP photos, too:
  3. Trumpeter next 1/48th "MiG" will be the Chengdu J-7B - ref.02860 Release: September 2013 Source: http://www.trumpeter.cn/index.php?m=Search&module=Product&keyword=02860&id=0 V.P.
  4. Trumpeter is to release 1/48th Chengdu J-7G & J-7GB kits - ref. 02861 et 02862 Source: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2804557302 V.P.
  5. Pics from the Beijing Military Museum, thanks to Mike (bootneck)
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