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  1. As the Delfin build nears being ready for paint, the thought popped into my head that it might be fun to build one of the Mikro-Mir Holland submarine kits that the firm sent be as a thank you for helping them out with research on the subject. It will be interesting to be able to compare the two design styles of the submarines and, as they are the same scale, sizes. Thus far, I have got the hull halves glued together and the panel lines re-defined, they are rather woolly on the kit as they come. Limber holes in the casing have been opened up,
  2. SSBN-608 Ethan Allen nuclear missile submarine 1/350- NEW SSBN-611 John Marshall special operations submarine 1/350-NEW
  3. My Mikro-Mir Kalinin K-7 has survived the current vagaries of the international postal services and has finally arrived into my eager hands.... Ordered on-line from the Ukraine from :- https://amarket-model.com/ the kit was packed inside a stout carboard box with the contents cocooned in bubble wrap and although it took a while, it arrived undamaged - excellent service The impressive box art shows what the finished model should look like.... The massive wing is made from hollow fibreglass-resin with a superb glass-like surface finis
  4. Braving the lockdown, my postman Martin has just delivered this new kit from Mikro-Mir Having already built a model of the USS Parche.......... I was going to pass on this new kit - until I realised it represents the pre-stretch early version........ As the boxart shows - the sail is different, she carries a DSRV (as a cover for her covert ops) - and the hull is 100ft shorter..... The shorter hull is is two halves - split horizontally... The only other sprue carries the sail, diving
  5. Blackburn Beverley Mikro-Mir 1/144 Despite it's ungainly looks, the Beverley was considered to be a useful workhorse in its day. It's service life was relatively short, from 1957 to 1967. I always remember the one that stood outside the RAF museum at Hendon before it was unfortunately scrapped. Having recently completed the S&M models 1/144 scale Hercules in the same desert scheme, I was tempted to pull this kit out of the stash and build it to pair up with the Herk. It is a very nice kit, fit was very good apart from the underwing nacelle parts th
  6. Just finished - the 1/350 scale model of USS Parche (Early)........ from Mikro-Mir... In order to disguise her true role as a 'Spec Ops' boat she was fitted with a 'pretend' trials DSRV.... She had retractable skegs to allow her to sit on the seabed.... My attempt at reproducing the image above - using photos of my models....... Mikro-Mir USS Sturgeon (pretending to be USS Parche as first launched), USS Parche (Early) as kitted by Mikro-Mir and my (incorrec
  7. Rhapsody in Orange... OR...... "Gentlemen, I give you Orange October"....... Mikro-Mir USS Albacore - modified to an earlier configuration with + shaped rear dive planes and 'standard' propeller... She is painted in an orange primer coat before the application of topside black - as seen here......... Ken
  8. Another new addition to the slipway - the Mikro-Mir injection-moulded kit of the experimental submarine USS Albacore... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Albacore_(AGSS-569) Box art.... Instructions..... The hull is split horizontally - with excellent engraved detail..... A second sprue contains the conning tower and dive planes etc... The package is finished off with a small decal sheet, etched brass propellers and a clear 'windscreen'.... This
  9. Another new arrival on the slips - the 1/350 scale injection-moulded kit of USS Growler from Mikro-Mir...... Box art... History and paint guide...... Instructions for the hull....... Regulus I Missile and conning tower..... Final assembly.... Vertically split hull - with excellent engraved detail..... Conning tower, decking and one half of the missile..... Minor parts, missile half, decals and etched-brass....
  10. USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) and USS Kamehameha (SSN-642) Mikro Mir 1:350 The Benjamin Franklin-class submarine was a group of US ballistic missile submarines that were in Navy service from the 1960s–2000s. The class was an evolutionary development from the earlier Lafayette-class of fleet ballistic missile submarine. Having quieter machinery and other improvements, they are considered a separate class. The Benjamin Franklin class, together with the George Washington, Ethan Allen, Lafayette, and James Madison classes, comprise the "41 for Freedom" that wer
  11. Pravda Class Submarine Iskra, (Spark) Mikro Mir 1:350 The Pravda Class or P class submarines were built for the Soviet Navy in the mid-1930s. They originally served as training ships, then later served in World War II for mainly transport duties. They were intended to operate with the surface fleet but failed to meet specifications, particularly for surface speed. The initial design envisaged 130mm guns for surface action. These boats had a long building time, being laid down in 1931 and completed in 1936. They were double hull boats with 8 compartments. Their main shor
  12. - Owing to inclinent weather I was in the impossibility to take any daylight photo in the open but things are better for a while, this is a little Yak-18; - I'm not very happy with these pictures as the weathering on the photos lookf ar too heavy for such machine. it doesn't look so visible on the model. - You are the judges........
  13. Hi All, Looks like I've got time to do a second one for this GB. This model screamed "Buy Me" when I visited Clifton Curios near the EMA - Mostly because of the box art and the voices in my head consequently going "What is that dangling down?" Obviously the product of a very fertile mind, the LT (also referred to as the Sam-23) is a compact ground attack aircraft with an armoured cockpit, a single pusher prop and twin boom tail. The intention was to fly the thing at 20 ft or so off the ground and I guess at that altitude the pilot's workload wou
  14. Continuing their prolific range of 1/350 scale submarines, Mikro-Mir's kit of HMS K-15 is another example of the Royal Navy's steam-powered K-Class subs. Following on from their earlier release of HMS K-4, this new version has the raised 'Swan Bow' fitted to later boats to improve their seakeeping. The excellent box art ..... The hull is a new moulding to incorporate the Swan Bow......... ... compare this to the earlier hull at top...... The other parts sprue is also new - and has open wells for the
  15. Look what the postman just delivered..... the latest 1/350 scale Mikro-Mir kit of the Soviet Project 628 Submarine. This was a design study to fit a Chelomei 10XN 'Volna' (Wave) missile to a wartime K-Class sub. The 10XN was a copy by Chelomei of the German V-1 pulse-jet missile - successfully air launched from a Pe-8. The later 14XN incorporated twin pulse jets. This is a clever use by MM of their existing K-Class kit ............. .... combined with a new sprue for the revised bridge, missile hangar and launch ramp plus a tiny 10XN/V-1 missile..... The kit retains the existing
  16. Gentlemen...... I present to you... the USS Parche, SSN-683 - said to be the most decorated vessel in US History. Parche was a 'Special Ops' boat - using a Sturgeon class hull lengthened by 100ft to accomodate the extra crew and equipment for covert ops. The model is made using two Mikro-Mir Sturgeon hull cut and joined together to get the new length. The raised deck forward of the sail is scratched from palstic card - as is the rear sonar dome. The WIP thread is here. Another one to add
  17. The latest from Mikro-Mir's prolific output of 1/350 scale submarines - the Soviet Project 628 submarine. This was a post-war project designed to place a Chelomie 10XN 'Volna' (V1 copy) missile onto a wartime K-Class sub - similar to the US Navy 'Loon' on the USS Cusk.. Unlike the US Navy, the Soviet project never actually got built.... Unlike the fixed ramp on the USS Cusk, Project 628 was to feature a retractable girder ramp to launch the Volna missile... The Mikro-Mir V1 copy is tiny - but beauti
  18. The USS Parche was a lengthened Sturgeon class boat converted for 'Special Operations' I'm using to Mikro-Mir USS Sturgeon kits, suitable chopped, to make the lengthened hull........ The front of one hull is joined to the rear of a second hull to make the new one...... ...... and strengthened on the inside with strips of plastic card........ A coat of grey primer shows that the various joins have been filled and sanded down to eliminate all traces of the surgery.... Next job is to scratch that forward decking...... Ken
  19. Look what the postman just delivered....... The latest 1/350 scale submarine kit from the ever productive Mikro-Mir ..... and it's BRITISH !! The hull is in two vertically-split halves - minus the missile decking (which aids conversion) The decking - plus sail, dive planes, masts etc are on a separate sprue..... The package is finished off with an etched brass propeller and a simple decal sheet (why are British subs so plain? - not even a pennant number) The instruction sheet is a simple exploded diagram...... .... and a simple painting guide - black, black or.......... black.
  20. The Mikro-Mir kit is supposed to be HMS M.1 - but as I already had a resin model of M.1, I decided to make HMS M.2 - before she was comverted into an aircraft-carrying sub. The only changes I made were to source the M2 decals from my spares box - white characters on top of black to get the 'shadow' effect. I also left off the deck gun - Internet photos show it not fitted.... The M-Class were nicknamed 'Mutton Boats' - because the 12in gun mounting looked like a leg of mutton. HMS M1 and M2 together...... This is another in the expanding range of 1/350 scale subs from Mikro-Mir
  21. Just received the latest in Mikro-Mir's growing range of 1/30 scale submarines - HMS M.1 The M-Class were conceived and built after WWI as gun-armed Monitor submarines - fitted with a massive 12in gun. This new kit from Mikro-Mir is welll executed with injection-moulded hull and superstructure, an etched-brass fret of smaller parts and a small decal sheet with markings for HMS M.1 in two different colour schemes. The box art shows her in the earlier 1920 disruptive scheme..... The kit contents..... Instruction Sheet..... .... and colour scheme/ marking options....... As I have a
  22. Another one just finished - Project 1710 'Mackrel' (Beluga Class) from Mikro-Mir..... This boat was a one-off design to test hydrodynamics, propulsors and boundary layer control techniques. Note the extreme streamlining and numerous sensors mounted on the hull... More photos of the kit here Ken
  23. Another one to add to the collection - Mikro-Mir's Project 673 design study for a small SSN.... It was never actually built - just one of a series of experiments.... Note the lack of a separate conning tower. A few more photos of the parts here Ken
  24. The latest in Mikro-Mirs growing range of 1/350 scale submarines is this 'Project 673' design. This weird-looking sub was never actually built - it was a design study for a small high-speed nuclear sub - although a lot of its features were later used in the Project 705 'Alfa' sub.... There are few parts - a hull in two halves, diving planes and masts...... The assembly diagram shows the simple build.... .... and the instruction sheet gives a potted history and colour scheme..... Finishing off the package is the decal sheet, an acetate 'windscreen' and an etched-brass fret - with f
  25. Another new release from Mikro-Mir, the Pr. 1710 'Mackrel' was named 'Beluga' by NATO. It was a diesel-electric experimental vessel used for testing propulsion systems, hull forms, and boundary-layer control techniques. Only one was built - but many of the features it tested were used in later designs such as the Lira and Alfa subs. Mikro-Mir's box art..... Injection-moulded parts...... Instruction sheet and colour scheme.... Assembly diagram....... Decal sheet and etched fret...... This is another one that I will be building soon - to add to my growing collection. Ken
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