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  1. Modelsvit is working on a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage 2000 family. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815/2393286317607072/ V.P.
  2. In the Facebook comments about a future P-51H kit (Link), Modelsvit team has also announced that a new tool 1/48th North American F-82G Twin Mustang is also in the pipe line. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2231688117100227&id=1854784001457309 V. P.
  3. For context see the 8th post below and ignore the Polish references Hi all, This week I am also launching my slow build of a Polish Su-20 '6252'. The kit will be Modelsvit with a supporting cast from the Mistercraft kit, which will provide the serial number and unit badges. The kit is this: while the Mistercraft is this: The Mistercraft serial, badges, script decals I will use - assuming they stay in one piece when I get them close to water - are these: In addition I will use a little aftermarket in the form of 1) tanks, 2) a Su-22 pitot set (assuming it is compatible) and possibly a Su-22 cockpit set if it matches the Su-20 in any way. If not I will keep it for my Su-17 . The latter might not give the right detail but I will try. My references will be these plus - of course - the internet So, a placeholder, and a build I will start soon Martin
  4. Number two of my builds of high altitude planes, following on from the HobbyBoss 1/72 Lockheed U-2C - a great model to build albeit lacking detail: Myasishchev's M-55 The M-55 is an updated and greatly changed M-17. The Mi-17 was initially planned as a counter to US ultra high altitude reconnaissance balloons (history sure does rhyme sometimes), development of which started in 1962. The M-17 first flew in May 1982, and had been demilitarised. The M-17 used a single RD-36-51-B engine, the A version being used in the supersonic Tu-144 passenger plane. The M-55 was quite different using two D-30-V12 engines which are from a family used in things as diverse as Tu-154 passenger planes, Il-76 heavy lift planes, Mig-31 high altitude interceptors and the M-55 a high altitude research plane. The M-55 took flight in August 1988, has set and I believe still holds 15 FAI records. After the collapse of the Soviet Union it has been used for research, I can't find any information about what has happened post 2022. Flankerman's excellent build thread below will be heavily borrowed from but shows how good the moulding looks, but I have good hopes for this. It looks a great model even if the number of pieces to make the seat looks daunting (26 - Flankerman's build thread has photos of the build instructions for it). This website has photos of the plane in 1999 https://www.drewexmachina.com/2021/05/31/a-glimpse-of-the-russian-m-55-geophysica-high-altitude-aircraft-may-1999/ The box art looks fantastic, it is my first time of building Modelsvit.
  5. Modelsvit is to re-release its 1/72nd Antonov An-124 Ruslan/"Condor" kit - ref. 7201 - with new 3D designed parts. Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/posts/pfbid02Xbgutxf7H77JPvWXBs7Zy7NDW2zKx8wSARhKYW5M71YmZRzS9bvsohmKzVAJBhYbl V.P.
  6. Hello After a Mirage IIIC I have finished this 1/72 Modelsvit Mirage 2000-5F. This one could be said easier to assemble but as there are many tiny pieces it required a lot of time. But it was a real pleasure. This is one of the Mirage on line in the Escadron de Chasse 01/002 Cigogne around 2010s when based at Dijon AB. I chose a light load with just the big tanks, a IR and a SARH Mica missiles. The grey comes from Gunze Barley Grey and the blue is an old USN 1940s blue-grey with some parts of white. Patrick
  7. Modelsvit is to release a limited edition 1/72nd Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 ekranoplane kit - ref.72014 Sources: http://scalemodels.ru/news/8000-anons-Modelsvit-1-72-bartini-vva-14.html http://hobbyterra.com/product/vva-14-soviet-experimantal-hydroplane-modelsvit-72014.html V.P.
  8. A timely delivery in today's mail - my Modelsvit Mirage 2000-5F. I was planning to build Modelsvit's Mirage IIIO in this GB (and hopefully I may still) but after the encouragement and endorsement of @Wez and @Col. in the GB chat, I'll join with this most modern of Mirages! This kit was only released last December. I ordered mine almost as soon as I could in January from the official Modelsvit website, and barely three weeks after its despatch from Bulgaria, here it is, just in time for the opening weekend of this GB. There was lots of plastic-y goodness tightly packed into that little zip lock bag - perhaps too tightly packed. The decal sheet, masks and PE were also inserted inside the bag and the masks have a few marks on them from being compressed against the plastic. The decals look to be fine though, thankfully. There are nine grey and one clear sprues, including a new 2000-5 specific sprue (bottom right) with the the -5's vertical tail and pitot probe-less nose (which I've just realised means removing the existing nose from the fuselage halves...😧). Apart from that small challenge though, it looks a beautiful kit. Gorgeous details. I'll probably build mine in this EC 1/2 special scheme from 2019 marking 10 years of Mirage 2000-5 operations - I'm quite taken by the tail art with the double Mirage profiles - a little more arresting than EC 1/2's traditional (albeit historic) stork (cigogne) emblem. I'm excited for this one. It is a beautiful kit and I can tell this will be a fun GB to be a part of. Bonne chance à tous! (And Slava Ukraini!) Gerard
  9. Hi all, I've been overly influenced by all the Mirage goodness in this GB and have impulsively started a Modelsvit Mirage IIIO. My modelling mojo has been pretty low recently, and so I have two completely incompatible goals for this build; a quick, fun out of the box build, and a natural metal finish. We'll see how it goes! I've been following @Andwil's Mirage IIIO in this GB, and it has helped me avoid several pitfalls already - thanks AW! I've been working on this one since last weekend, and here the progress from the first week: I didn't use any of the include PE, and just applied the cockpit decals to the painted plastic. Overall, the kit is pretty complex, but goes together really well considering the large number of parts.
  10. Hi everybody, this is my first aircraft completion of 2023 - A 1/72 Modelsvit Mirage IIIO built in the Marcel Bloch/Dassault Aviation Group Build. The build thread is here: The finish is Model Master Metalizer brushed/polished on - the details of the technique are in the build thread. As usual, it's difficult to capture how a metal finish looks in photos, so I tried to take these RFI photos in many varying lighting setups. I really enjoyed the Modelsvit kit and have their Mirage 2000-5 and Mirage 4000 in the stash, so I think I may just keep building them!
  11. Hi fellow modelers, This topic is about my latest project in progress, the Modelsvit 1:72 Antonov 225 Mriya. Enjoy! On april 3th 2020 it finally arrived, my dream kit I was waiting for.. A 1:72 scale An-225!! Carefully wrapped and packaged for transport from Ukraine: As you see, a lot of content in the box... 975 parts in total, with PE set and mask, and 4 decal options. The first thing I just wanted to see was the size when finished , so a quick dry fit was done: Length: 1.17 meters width: 1.22 meters weight: 2.5 kilogrammes. I also have the Modelsvit 1:72 Antonov 124, a project on hold now I have the 225 kit. The 124 is the 'little' brother of the Mriya. Here you see them side by side.. I also have the Amodel 1:72 Buran kit, the Russian Space Shuttle for which the 225 was specially designed. It was meant to ride 'piggyback' on the 225 for transport, just as the Boeing 747-123 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft). (I'm also building a 1:72 B747 SCA with Space Shuttle, a project on hold, but I will add that topic on Britmodeller some time ). I could place the Buran on the 225, then it would look like the Mriya on display in the late eighties: And this is what my model would look like: Look at the 1:72 scale figure... This will be REALLY huge! The problem is, I really like the modern An-225 with yellow and blue striping. I'm still doubting which version I'm going to build.. Well, first I need to start building this kit, time enough to make the ultimate decision which version it will be. I started with the tail. As the fuselage and wings are made of fiberglass with a thin polyester coating, it's kind of difficult to work with. So sanding the surfaces to be glued rough, and use superglue or 2 components glue for the different materials used in this kit. The tail was a bit tricky, as there is a difficult dihedral angle in the tail of the 225: Then I started attaching the 'bumps' on the fuselage. Quite a lot of them: I didn't attached the biggest bumps yet, as they partially cover the wings which are detachable. So to avoid breaking loose again during a test fit, I'll wait with the attachment on the fuselage: A 1:72 Piper Cub for scale comparison.. Look at the massive size of the stabilo: The tail has 2 large aerodynamic cones attached to the rear, so I glued those parts to the tail but didn't fit at all.. Be warned, as you will notice during this project, literally EVERY part of this kit has to be sanded to shape. Modelsvit kits are not for the 'easy-builders', you need to do a lot of scratchbuilding and improvising to get things done.. These are the cones: The fiberglass under the polyester layer becomes clear after sanding One thing I noticed during the very first dry fit, was that one of the 2 provided aluminium tubes (used for sturdy but detachable wings on this model) had a wrong diameter. As you see, in the manual it says 5mm and 8mm diameter: The 8mm fits like a glove: But the 5mm doesn't fit: After checking: ..it needs to be 6mm. The problem with this fiberglass-polyester coated material that it is really hard t cut or drill; it is very brittle so widening this hole with a drill is risky.. I screwed up a little on my Modelvit An-124 model with cutting a piece, the material just 'shattered' during cutting. So as this hole is very important for a 'glove-like' fit (it has to support a large wing with 3 engines!) I will look for a 5mm diameter tube as replacement. The kit comes with a little PE set, consisting of little vents to be placed over the fuselage: Also, the fuselage has a sharp hardened edge over the entire length. So that needs to be sanded carefully: Now a little side jump. I started my 1:72 An-124 a couple months ago, but that's a project on hold at the moment as I want to finish the 225 first. From the 124 kit I already finished the nose with cockpit section; that was a project on it's own as nothing fits inside the fiberglass nose! It's a matter of constructing the polystyrene flightdeck parts together (sanding every part and filling of gaps of course): And then just 'glue the flightdeck somewhere in the nose' or something like that : ( .. No prefabricated inserts or points to attach to: So I thought first: I'm going to use my finished An-124 nose on the 225 kit, as both have identical nose shape and it saves time.. (I'm going to post my An-124 topic here some time, promised, but here a very short side jump of the construction of the 124 nose). First I glued the transparent upper part to the nose section: And here you see the constructed flightdeck, attached to a scratchbuilt support fuselage-rib, and the attached nose weight for a sturdy construction of the flightdeck to the nose. Yes, be prepared to improvise and adapt with this kit! Ok, a little more explanation. Here you see the 2 noses. Left the 124-one, right the 225-one. As you see, I fabricated a supporting rib from Plasticard. This rib 'fills up' the empty nose and provides support for the attachment of the flightdeck. This way it is possible to safely attach the flightdeck into the hollow nose, because should you 'bump' the kit to something after glueing the nose to the fuselage, and the flightdeck should come loose... you never can repair or attach it again. Also, this rib provides sturdy and secure support for the heavy nose weight these kits need to have as these kits are potential tail-sitters. This is the flightdeck: I need to blend the rib with parts of the flightdeck to make it 1 smooth construction. In this case, I replaced the curtains-parts by drawing the contours on the rib and cut it to the same shape: Measuring the width of the front flightdeck, so it can fit through the rib: This is how it will look: After cutting the contours of the curtains and fitting the flight deck through the rib, this is the result: But I engaged some fitting problems afterwards with the flightdeck, so I let it be for the moment. So I started the construction of the engines.. 6 in total. 6 Little projects, as there are quite a few parts: For every part you need to remove edges, and sand them smooth first. For example: I sprayed the turbine blades parts polished steel: And here I made a mistake.... Due to an error in the manual! It shows an incorrect drawing of fan blades attachment, so I need to glue 1 part upside down to avoid too much distance between the 2 fan blades parts. It's a little difficult to explain, but it needs to be said that this is a careless mistake from Modelsvit. Also because it's not clear how the parts finally look after glueing them. Well, lesson learned: more dry fitting with the rest of the parts first! The 2 fan blades parts are supposed to fit into each other so the 2x16 fans have to shape into 1 ‘disc’ of 32 fan blades..?? It’s clearly that that is not possible... whatever I try; upside down... ...it keeps consisting of 2 parts stacked on each other. This is how it's supposed to look: So I did it my way. The manual is just wrong. First I cut of each blade of 1 of the 2 fan blade parts and I glued each fanblade between the other part’s fan blades. I used a circular mold to keep a steady circle as the little fan blades are bended and need to be glued at an inclined angle: Almost finished... And there it is, a perfect 32 bladed fan. Now 5x16 more blades to go.. ...but job done, and ready to continue the build. So be warned, don’t glue something from this kit before test fitting it and think in advance what the result will be. Continuing the engine project, first a lot of sanding and test fitting before painting and gluing. Some parts are quite a challenge: And surprising, the engine halves don't fit at all. So sanding again... The turbine parts: The exhaust cones need to be drilled open: during the build, I made a bigger shelf to the wall as this behemoth needs a place to sit later. The shelf is 2.50 meters long and 60 centimeters deep.. ...and guess what.. still needs to be deeper, I think 70 cm: Well, first continue the build. I still got time enough left to think about another shelf. After research on the Internet I found out that the 225 engines are quite 'clean' and maintained from the inside, I saw a lot of white inner plating. So I decided to do that instead of 'gunmetal' inner halves as the (wrong) manual says: Added just a little weathering of panel lines, you don't see much left later on as the halves are glued together: And, the intake ring and exhaust cone need a lot of sanding as they do not fit well. still a lot of work to be done to these engines : ( To be continued....
  12. Three weeks to go and he's starting another one!!! Well, this time I know I'm unlikely to finish it in time. It's just that I'm in a Mirage frenzy at the moment. However, I have a lot of other GB-related irons in the fire and I know if I build it as an independent, it will get lost in the GB madness. At least this GB will give me structure for the first part of the build. I've never been too keen on the Mirage 2000. The 2000C has a weird sit-up-and-beg vibe which doesn't seem to fit its role as a warplane. But the 2000N and 2000D are a different kettle of fish. The canopy seems to be lower, giving the aircraft a broad-shouldered look. The tactical camouflage scheme makes it look very purposeful, almost as though it's a small Mirage IV. Hardly surprising as that's exactly what it was designed to be. This is the brand new Dream Model kit of the Mirage 2000N. Although the box top says "2000N", there are additional parts for the 2000D, which is the version that I shall be building.
  13. My entry in the GB will be the Modelsvit Mirage III O in RAAF Butterworth based 75 sqdn markings with big yellow triangles on the wings. It says two kits on the box but I’m only planning to build one (sorry Enzo! too many other GB commitments). I “accidentally” ordered two of these and put them both into one box to save stash space. AW
  14. Source: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2231688117100227&id=1854784001457309 V. P.
  15. A teaser in the Modelsvit catalogue 2023. In 1/48th scale with ref. 4822... To be followed. V.P.
  16. After the Su-22IG (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234963366-172-sukhoi-su-22i-su-7ig-su-7bm-with-variable-geometry-wings-by-modelsvit-released/?hl=sukhoi), the new Modelsvit's 1/72nd model kit is a Sukhoi Su-17M "Fitter-C" - ref.72011. Pics and Russian in-box review here: http://scalemodels.ru/articles/7548-obzor-modelsvt-1-72-su-17m.html Soon here: http://hobbyterra.com/product/sukhoi-su-17m-soviet-fighter-bomber-1-72-model-kit-modelsvit-72011.html V.P.
  17. 1/72nd - MiG-21I Analog A-144-1 by Modelsvit - ref.72003 - Ltd edition only 1000 ex. Source: http://modelsua.com/MiG-21I-Analog-A-144-1-1-72-Modelsvit-72003.html 1/72nd - MiG-21I Analog A-144-2 by Modelsvit _ Ref.72004 - Ltd edition only 1000 ex. Source: http://modelsua.com/MiG-21I-Analog-A-144-2-1-72-Modelsvit-72004.html Released: ref.72003 - Analog" A-144-1 - http://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-mig-21i-first-prototype-analog-a-144-1-model-kit-modelsvit-72003.html ref.72004 - Analog" A-144-2 - http://hobbyterra.com/product/1-72-mig-21i-second-prototype-analog-a-144-2-model-kit-modelsvit-72004.html V.P.
  18. At least... that's the plan. The ModelsVit Mirage IIIC has received competition from SH but for now, this is the only one with SAAF in the box. Nicely detailed, and typical of MV - trees are smaller in size but crammed with plenty of small parts. Good clear parts, with mask set (Vinyl though) and etch set. Going for the 2 Sqn SAAF one. Lots of stencils too...
  19. Modelsvit is testing the 1/72nd Antonov An-225 Mriya/"Cossack" kit concept. 😉 Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815.1073741830.1854784001457309/2094262810842759/?type=3&theater V.P.
  20. As for the Mirage III V01 & V02 ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966443-172-dassault-mirage-iii-v-01-v-02-by-modeslvit-for-bassin-maquette-v-01-released-v-02-in-december-2016/), Modelsvit is to tool a 1/72nd Dassault Mirage G-8-01 & -02 kit for French shop Bassin-Maquette. Release expected in 2018. Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=93502 V.P.
  21. Modelsvit is to release a 1/48th Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose kit - ref. ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815/2648166428785725 V.P.
  22. Modelsvit is to release a 1/48th Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet kit - ref. ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelsvit/photos/a.1859368940998815/2648166428785725 V.P.
  23. Modelsvit is to release in 2016 a 1/72nd Antonov An-70 kit - ref.7206 Source: https://www.facebook.com/136603423173762/photos/pcb.530194830481284/530194780481289/?type=3&theater V.P.
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