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  1. Right, time to tackle this little beasty! I have been waiting for someone else to post up a build thread, so I could learn from them, as I'm sure there are gremlins hiding in this limited run kit. This one started well, but has stalled - So picking up the batton. First step, lets open the box and see what's inside - Supermarine S5 1/48 from MikroMir by Mike, on Flickr Four sprues of quite detailed plastic. Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr PE and decals Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr These are not the smallest bits of plastic in the kit either! Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Instructions - Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr What do Micro-Mir think the pilot sits on? I struggled to find reference for the S5 cockpit, although there is stuff out there on the S6 and varients. There is room for improvement here, although I'll make my mind up how far to go after I've dry fitted the fuselage halves together. It's a pretty small opening to get into so not sure how much will be seen. Supermarine S5 by Mike, on Flickr Other issues I need to address are that they supply a lovely little Napier Lion power plant, but I am fairly certain this can only be built into the kit with the cowlings off. I think in real life the cowling may even have been part of the rocker cover on the cylinder heads.. And beaching dollies would be amazing, but we'll see how confident I am in my scratch building abilities on that front. N220, S.5, Hanger F, RAF Calshot, 1927 by Mike, on Flickr
  2. Having had a wee lull I finally managed to finish this 1/72 Micro-Mir Canberra T17. I ended up finishing as a 360 Sqn aircraft from RAF Wyton in 1985, mainly because the decals with the kit were incorrect. Built OOB using the Modeldecal 85 set and addition of the HF aerial using fishing line. Was looking forward to building this when it came out but probably used not far off as much filler as there is plastic and it fought me all the way. Got the weighting in the nose wrong but the trick with the wire in the wheels worked a treat. Apologies for the poor photographs but they hide the flaws quite well.
  3. Just finished - the USS Growler from Micro-Mir...... I didn't get an exact straight line for the waterline... (the port side is better..) Colours are from rattle cans of Halfords Grey and Red Plastic Primers - with Humbrol Panzer Grey enamel for the non-slip decking. I've just realised - in my rush to get it photographed and on here - I've forgotten to weather it!!! (It's an age thing) Ken PS - WIP is here :-
  4. HansReggelsen

    Argosy

    Hi! I just saw that Hannants now has Micro-Mir 1/144 Argosy in store. There are two versions: 100 series and 200 series. If I were make a RAF Transport Command version, which one of these should I get. Has Micro-Mir announced a RAF version? Cheers Hans J
  5. Bereznyak-Isayev Bi-1 Mikro-Mir 1:48 Flying a fighter aircraft during World War 2 was an extremely dangerous profession by anyone's standards. Flying an experimental, rocket-powered, Soviet-built, wooden and fabric constructed fighter aircraft was practically suicidal! The Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1 was the brainchild of Aleksandr Bereznyak and Aleksei Isayev. The idea was proposed in July of 1941, and by September of the same year the first unpowered glider flight was undertaken. Because of the rapid German advance through Soviet territory, the factory building the BI-1 had to be relocated further to the east. This delay meant that the first powered flight didn't take place until May 15th 1942. On landing the undercarriage was damaged. The third Bereznyak-Isayev BI-1 prototype crashed on its seventh flight, sadly killing fighter ace Captain Grigory Bakhchivandzhi when it pitched down sharply during a high-speed run. Bakhchivandzhi was posthumously awarded Hero of the Soviet Union. During an investigation into the accident, the engineers concluded that the aircraft had become unstable at transonic speeds. Bakhchivandzhi had been in two other accidents during the development of the BI. He was the pilot during the first flight which crash landed. And during a grounded engine test in 1942, the engine exploded. In the explosion, the engine head was catapulted into the back of the pilot's seat, knocking Bakhchivandzhi against the instrument panel and injuring him slightly. To protect the pilot in the future, a 5.5 mm steel plate was fixed to the back of the seat. The sixth Bereznyak-Isayev BI prototype was fitted with wingtip ramjets in an effort to extend the rather pathetic 15 minutes of powered flight. They didn't help much and proved difficult to start. Only seven Bereznyak-Isayev BI prototypes were completed, although 50 were scheduled to be built. Each one of the seven prototypes had its own issues, and the engineers were constantly having problems with both the liquid-fuelled rockets and the stability of the aircraft itself. Additionally the aircraft were corroded by the very fuel which was designed to power them! The red fuming nitric acid would eat away at the fuel tanks and the aircraft's fabric skin. Both BI-1 and BI-7 were scrapped due to excessive corrosion. In the end the Bereznyak-Isayev BI project was abandoned, and it became yet another dead-end experimental aircraft - with the emphasis on mental. The model Micro-Mir is probably best known for their super collection of 1:350 submarine releases. They are now branching out and releasing aircraft in most of the major scales. Being Micro-Mir they won’t just be producing the more common types of aircraft, and this release shows just that. The kit comes in an attractive top opening box with an artists impression of the aircraft in flight. Inside, the kit is contained in a poly bag with a sticky flap, with the decals, etched sheet and masks contained in a separate poly bag. The grey styrene is rather soft and due to the nature of the of the aircrafts build there aren’t too many details, but what panel lines etc there are, are nicely defined. The smaller parts on the sprues do have a small feather of flash around them which will need to be carefully removed; this is just the way of limited run kits. The two clear parts are well moulded and pretty clear, but could do with a dip in your favourite varnish. The kit is pretty basic, but then so was the real aircraft and the build starts with the assembly of the cockpit, which consists of the floor, rear bulkhead, instrument panel, with etched panel and an acetate sheet for the instruments. The pilots seat is fitted out with a full set of etched seatbelts before being fitted into place along with the joystick and rudder pedals. Before closing up the fuselage the throttle quadrant is attached to the port sidewall. With the fuselage closed up the headrest can be fitted, along with the nose mounted cannon barrels, windscreen and separate canopy. The horizontal tailplanes are then attached and fitted with the vertical endplates, while right aft, the rocket nozzle is attached. The wings are assembled next, and consist of a single piece lower section, wheel bay and two upper sections. The completed wing assembly is then attached to eh underside of the fuselage and fitted out with the main undercarriage. This is made up of single piece oleos, single piece wheels/tyres, plus the inner and outer undercarriage bay doors. Finally the tailwheel is attached to the ventral fin, thus completing the build. Decals The small decals sheet is printed in house and contains just six Russian stars and two white number sixes. They look pretty well printed, in good register and appear quite thin, with little carrier film evident. To help with painting Micro-Mir has kindly included a small sheet of masks for the canopy and windscreen. The single colour scheme is a camouflage of black and green. Conclusion This is certainly one of the most unusual aircraft I’ve had to review, and had little knowledge of its existence. With care and acknowledging its limited run credentials it will turn out into a nice little model, looking good in any collection. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Just finished over the Christmas hols....... The excellent Micro-Mir kit of the first US Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile boat - the USS George Washington.... Ken
  7. Another one just finished..... I've been getting my skates on.... This is the 1/350 scale kit from Micro-Mir......... It slots in neatly between Nautilus and Skipjack to complete my lineup of US Navy Nuclear-pwered Attack Subs.. Ken
  8. Another excellent 1/350 scale submarine from Micro-Mir - the first Polaris ballistic missile submarine, USS George Washington SSBN 598. Box art...... Instruction sheet.... Assembly diagram and parts layout.... Decals sheet and etched brass - note that decals are supplied for all 5 of the class - 598 G. Washington, 599 Patrick Henry, 600 T. Roosevelt, 601 Robert E. Lee and 602 Abraham Lincoln. Two types of etched propeller are also supplied - early and late..... I only have a plastic test shot so far...... (thanks Sergey) The George Washington was made using a lengthened Skipjack hull to accomodate the 16 Polaris missiles - here's the missile decking being test-fitted..... .... and a comparison with Micro-Mir's own Skipjack kit........ I only have the plastic parts - so I downloaded the box art and other images from Micro-Mir's website. That didn't stop me starting the model though.........and it is now ready for painting.... More to come..... This is a very welcome addition of a historic submarine to the collection - kudos to Micro Mir for producing it... Ken
  9. Hello, My name is Alex and on behalf of Scale-model-kits.com I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - Grumman AF-2W Guardian from Ace in 1:72 scale (ACE72304) - Olympia (4 door saloon) staff car, model 1938 from Ace in 1:72 scale (ACE72518) - "Buran" Soviet shuttle from Amodel in 1:72 scale (AMO72023) - Mini Hacksaw & 7 Blades from Hobby Park in scale (HP-MHB-7) - Flakpanzer III "Ostwind" (3,7cm Flak 43) from Maco in 1:72 scale (MACO7210) - WWII Soviet submarine type 'S' (re-issue of AMP302) from Micro Mir in 1:350 scale (MM350-002) - Nuclear deep-water station Project 1910 'Kashalot' from Micro Mir in 1:350 scale (MM350-007) - Decal for bomber Junkers Ju - 87 Stuka from Print Scale in 1:144 scale (PRS144-002) - Decal for helocopter Bell UH-1 Huey from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-019) - Decal for fighter F-18 Hornet Part 2 from Print Scale in 1:72 scale (PRS72-045) - A-90 'Orlyonok' troop carrier ekranoplan from Zvezda in 1:144 scale (ZVE7016) - K-300 BASTION coastal missile system from ZZ Modell in 1:72 scale (ZZ72016) Best regards, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
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