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  1. Hello fellows, This is my last project: the Spanish mini-submarine Tiburón ("shark") class SA-51. (From wikipedia) With a crew of five men, Tiburon-class submarines were intended to carry out week-long missions, would be ideal for operating in shallow waters and carrying special forces behind the enemy lines. They were equipped with a greater accommodation than the preceding Foca-class, with a bathroom and two bunk beds, which allowed the crew to rest in "hot bed" shifts. The design was based upon the German minisubmarine Hai-class. The submarines had two diesel engines (115 HP) and two electric engines (110 HP). The armament was two torpedoes. The sail was larger than the previous class which helps in the surveillance tasks. The submarines were armed with two 533 mm tubes capable of carrying G7a or G7e torpedoes. The Tiburón-class had only two units, SA-51 and SA-52, but despite an improved version of the previous class, never got to join the navy. The submarines were in the Naval Week of Barcelona in 1966, one of them, SA-52, arrive from Cartagena on her own. The SA-52 come back to the Isaac Peral Naval Base in Cartagena. On May 9, 1986, the SA-51 submarine was donated to the La Caixa Foundation for its science museum, now called "CosmoCaixa", in Barcelona. The submarine is on display in front of the museum entrance, as you can see in the next picture: (The vertical clear parts, are intended to see the inside...). The kit is made from Mikro-Mir, in 1/144. A too small scale, since the real submarine is barely 19 metres. Hence, it was a quick build... All the parts needed to be sanded, and you have to be very caerful, because the plastic is very weak. I could'nt use the PE parts (too small...), But, anyway, I'm glad for the result, and having this little sub at home. I hope you like it. Thanks for watching, ...and your comments will be welcomed! Josep
  2. Look what the postman just delivered - the new submarine kit from Mikro-Mir...... Box art (Note the patriotic logo) HMS Conqueror (S48) is the Royal Navy Churchill Class sub that sank the General Belgrano during the Falklands war. First page of the instruction sheet... Second sheet... Decal shet (note the skull and crossbones) and etched propeller..... Upper and Lower hull... The rest of the parts... It looks like a simple build - in the usual Mikro-Mir style - thanks to them for producing a kit of an important historical British submarine. Can anyone confirm the white waterline markings - I don't think I've ever seen it on a RN sub before???? Ken
  3. 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..... I already have her sister-boat (USS Grayback) in my collection....... So this new kit from MikroMir should make for an interesting comparison.... Ken
  4. 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, as have the viewing ports in the conning tower. I have fitted the etch parts for the bilge keels and the protective structures that fit forward and aft of the same. Thanks for looking. Martian
  5. Hello! Another new product is on sale Mikro-Mir 72019 SO 9050 Trident II jet fighter-interceptor plastic model kit scale 1/72 Best wishes ! Regards, Amarket www.amarket-model.com
  6. SSBN-608 Ethan Allen nuclear missile submarine 1/350- NEW SSBN-611 John Marshall special operations submarine 1/350-NEW
  7. 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 finish with a restrained fabric effect - it spans a staggering 74 cm (29inches).... Underside view - with an La-5FN for scale..... The rest of the kit is injection-moulded plastic with excelent engraved detail - these are the vertical rudders.... The corrugated external finish is particularly well done - being very restrained and true to scale ..... I won't show all the sprues here - you can see them on my website :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_kalinin_k-7.html This sprue has the extremely delicate mouldings of the Scarffe rings and machine guns for the numerous gun turrets.... At 26cm (10.5in) - the tailplane is bigger than a Spitfires wing.... The tires have legible raised lettering........ The cockpit glazing is thin and crystal clear.... Self-adhesive masks are inluded - as is an etched brass fret and simple decal sheet. The instructions are printed on six A4 sheets - folded in half to make a twelve-page 'booklet'....... The centre page is the simple painting and decal placement guide..... This is an excellent new kit from Mikro-Mir and must have cost them a small fortune to create - an expense reflected in the retail price. It is an interesting replica of a bonkers design - and I can't wait to get it started... Ken
  8. 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 chamber, DSRV and other small parts... The assembly instructions and painting guide is printed on thin A4 paper folded in half... Completing the kit is an etched fret containing the single propeller and DSRV mounting struts plus a small, well printed decal sheet. Another very welcome kit from Mikro-Mir's expanding range of 1/350 scale subs. Nice one MM..... Ken
  9. 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 that required a little filler, but that was standard modelling fare and not difficult. The props and spinners didn't want to go together until I sliced off the 'wedges' on the spinner backplates that were meant to fill in the gap behind the blades. I also drilled the backs of the spinners and fitted brass wire shafts to fit them to the engines. Looking at other builds on the internet I thought that many finished models had a very 'stilty' sit, as if the main gear legs had been moulded in the extended 'in flight' position, so I shortened mine to make the whole aircraft 'sit' better. I also drilled out all windows and filled them with kristal kleer. I used the 'Shelf Oddity' decal set to replace some kit decals. It corrects errors such as the large 'S' being in light grey rather than white, has 'non-handed' scorpion decals for the nose, and corrects the spelling of 'Midle East' to 'Middle East' on the tailboom lettering. And finally, it makes an interesting comparison with it's replacement, the Hercules C.130k For anyone contemplating building this kit, this is what I did to the main legs. Shortened (left) original kit part (right). I cut a 2mm slice out of the lower oleo section where the scissor link is. Thanks for looking John
  10. 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 (incorrect) conversion to Parche's last configuration with the hull extended by 100ft..... Not the easiest of kits - but a welcome new model from Mikro-Mir Ken PS - WIP is here:- https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071627-uss-parche-early-from-mikro-mir-1350/
  11. 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
  12. 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 is another very welcome kit from Mikro-Mir's growing range of 1/350 scale subs. Having already built the Blue Ridge resin kit of the Albacore :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_350_scale.html#USS_Albacore_AGSS-569 I may try and 'convert' the Mikro-Mir kit into an earlier configuration with vertical rudders and horizontal dive planes - as shown in the first drawing here.... Ken
  13. 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 shortcomings were underpowered machinery, a long diving time and poor sea-keeping. Weakness in hull strength had to be remedied by stiffening and weight cutting. Yakubov and Worth state that these were the least successful Soviet submarines of this era and were relegated to secondary duties on completion. The two surviving boats had their conning towers re-built to resemble the later K class. 3 boats were built by Ordzhinikidze Yard Leningrad. All served with the Baltic Fleet. P1 Pravda (Truth) - Launched 3 January 1934 - sunk off Hango, Finland, 17 September 1941 P2 Zvezda (Star) - Launched 1935 - Broken up 1956 P3 Iskra (Spark) - Launched 1934 - Broken up 1952 A fourth boat was planned but not laid down. The Model The variety of submarines that Mikro-Mir release is what makes this company so great. They don’t rely on just German or American submarines, but also the more unusual and rarer types. This is the case with this kit of the Russian Pravda class submarine Iskra, (Spark). The kit comes in the standard style cardboard box with a painting of the submarine leaving a Russian harbour. Inside, the kit is tightly packaged inside a poly bag complete with etch, decals and a simple instruction sheet. The grey styrene is quite soft, but the details are very finely done with no flash or other signs of imperfections. Construction begins with the assembly the large tower. The tower sides are glued together with the deck in between. There are six periscopes and aerials glued to the deck along with two hatches which have PE hand wheels. The aft section of the deck is fitted with a four piece gun mounting. Two more mountings housing large guns are fitted fore and aft of the tower, each mounting consisting of two halves, the gun which is fitted with a PE elevation wheel The next assembly is the hull, made up from two halves split vertically, and the separate main deck to which is fitted with two strakes adjacent to where the tower is attached. The stern planes are glued into position, as are the propeller shafts, PE propellers, with plastic boss, separate rudder, and fore planes. The tower assembly is then glued into position on the deck and detailed further with the attachment of PE handrails. The deck is fitted with two PE cranes and the four piece stand assembled to display the completed model. Decals The small decal sheet provides markings for the boats name, main and secondary identification numbers and two Russian ensigns, one straight and one fluttering. Conclusion This is another great looking submarine, even if the class wasn’t entirely successful, it’ll be something different in your collection. Long may Mikro-Mir continue releasing more great subjects. Review sample courtesy of
  14. 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 were the Navy's main contribution to the nuclear deterrent force through the late 1980s. The Benjamin Franklin’s were built with the Polaris A-3 ballistic missile, and in the early 1970s were converted to carry the Poseidon C-3 missile. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, six boats were further modified to carry the Trident I (C-4) missile, along with six James Madison-class boats. These were Benjamin Franklin, Simon Bolivar, George Bancroft, Henry L. Stimson, Francis Scott Key, and Mariano G. Vallejo. This class can be distinguished by the fairwater planes' location halfway up the sail; the Lafayettes and James Madisons had the fairwater planes in the upper front portion of the sail. Two of these submarines [Kamehameha and James K Polk] were later converted to SEAL-mission capable attack submarines. In March of 1994 USS JAMES K. POLK (SSN 645) completed a 19-month conversion from ballistic missile submarine to attack/special warfare submarine at Newport News Shipbuilding. The January 1999 inactivation of the POLK leaves the KAMEHAMEHA (SSN 642) as the Navy's only former ballistic missile submarine equipped with Dry Deck Shelters (DDSs). In the early 1990s, to make room for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines within the limits set by the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty, the ballistic missile tubes of Kamehameha and James K. Polk were disabled. Those boats were redesignated special operations attack submarines and given attack submarine (SSN) hull classification symbols. They were equipped with dry deck shelters to accommodate SEAL Delivery Vehicles or other equipment. The Benjamin Franklins were decommissioned between 1992 and 2002 due to a combination of SALT II treaty limitations as the Ohio class SSBNs entered service, age, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. USS Kamehameha was decommissioned on 2 April 2002, the last ship of the Benjamin Franklin class to be decommissioned. The Model Both of these kits have been out for a little while now and since they are basically the same hull I thought I’d review them together. They are both in the familiar coloured top opening box with a picture of each boat at sea, inside of which the kit parts are safely held in a poly bag. Considering the size of the completed models, there are very few parts, making them great kits to start with if you thinking of making a selection of submarine models. The grey styrene is not as soft as some short run kits I’ve come across and the moulded details, such as the silo doors, are very nicely moulded with only a little flash, but no other signs of imperfections. The two hull halves are cut vertically rather than the standard horizontal seen in most other kits and are both full hull options only unless you wish to carry out major surgery. The two halves are glued together and the join line filled and sanded as necessary. The single piece silo section is then glued to the upper hull, followed by the six part sail assembly, consisting of two sail halves, dive planes, sail top and internal floor, being attached to the forward end of the silo section. The sail is provided with three periscopes which are fitted to the top of the sail. The instructions call for a clear part to be fitted to the front upper section of the sail, but neither of the review samples had this part, so check carefully before purchasing. The upper and lower rudders and the aft dive planes are then attached to the rear of the hull, followed by the etched propeller. With the boss in place, the blades must be twisted carefully to shape, which is shown in the instructions, but you might get better results by finding a photograph of them on the internet or your library. The only difference between the two kits is that the USS Kamehameha is provided with two, three piece dry deck shelters which are glued onto the forward end of the missile silo section, just aft of the sail. Decals Both kits come with the same decal sheet that provides the names and identification numbers for the whole class, so you don’t have to make the boat named on the box art. The sheet also contains depth markings, bollard location markers and emergency escape hatch markers. Conclusion As with the other boats released in this scale, these are great looking kits and even though they’re short run, they do build into a really nice model and of a decent size too, as can be seen in the Ready For Inspection section on this very forum. Another pair of winners from MikroMir, with just the Ohios to release to complete the USN Boomer set. Review sample courtesy of
  15. - 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........
  16. 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 would be quite intensive, so the idea was that a pole with a wheel on the end would be lowered down - this pole was connected to the controls so it would maintain the necessary altitude whilst you strafed Nazis. That was the plan - Quite what happened if you hit a divot, rock or other such obstruction on the ground with the wheel is anybody's guess. I'm guessing there'd be a bit of a pitch up at the very least requiring immediate correction. I think you'd qualify for "Hero of the Soviet Union" just by taking off in the thing.... Further information is a bit scarce on the internet but some details can be found Here - Page is in Russian but Google Translate is your friend. GeorgeUSA built one on here a couple of years back, so I don't need to go into the nitty gritty of the build, when there's a good example on here already so mine'll be more of an overview. Box and Contents Cockpit together Quick tape together to test fit Change of plan - I want it flying at an altitude of 20 feet - Cockpit wouldn't fit with the brave pilot in place so something had to give.... Kind regards IanJ
  17. 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 twin funnels as well as a new bridge..... The etched brass fret has the propellers, railings and other small parts - note the cross-shaped parts to make up the funnel wells. The decal sheet provides water level markings, bridge windows and pennant numbers for HMS K-15, K-16 and K-22 (the ex-K-13)... The small A4 instruction sheet gives a potted history as well as a painting guide for all 3 variants..... The reverse shows the parts and exploded diagram style construction drawings.... This is another excellent kit from Mikro-Mir and fills yet another gap in any collection of Royal Navy submarines. More anon....... Ken
  18. 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 etched-brass fret and decal sheet - most of which is unused in this version.... The painting instructions are very clear - although painting that red-and-white checkerboard on the 20mm long missile might prove challenging!! Another one for the collection. Ken
  19. 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 to my growing collection of 1/350 scale subs - and another Special Operations boat. Ken
  20. 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 beautifully moulded.... Here's the USS Cusk for comparison..... Ken
  21. 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
  22. 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. This is a very welcome addition from Mikro-Mir - if sales are good, maybe we will get more British submarine types. Thanks Mikro-Mir :thumbsup: Ken
  23. 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 I understand that they are planning to make HMS M2 with a hangar and floatplane - plus M3 when she was converted into a minelayer. Ken
  24. 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 already built a resin M.1 in the disruptive camouflage, I will be painting this new model in her 1921 scheme.... Mikro-Mir are planning to kit all 3 of the M-Class - HMS M.2 as converted into an aircraft carrier and M.3 when she was a Minelayer. Mikro-Mir seems to be ploughing a lone furrow with their continuing release of early British submarines - more power to their elbow. Ken
  25. 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
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