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  1. Tupolev Tu-22M2 Backfire-B, Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  2. Tupolev Tu-22M0 Backfire-A, Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  3. Hello Everyone, I was going to add a ship into this goup build, but I couldn't find a ship I liked the look off. I did think about the Typhoon, but ruled it out. I was then going to get one of the Sovremenny class ships as I have been playing alot of WarGame Red Dragon the last few days, but haven't been bothered to get one yet, yeah I know I am lazy. So looking at my stash, and I noticed I have lots of Russian things in 1/144. I haven't seen any Bears yet, which I really find surprising! So I thought I would join in with that, nothing fancy, just getting the bugger done OOB too. So onto the pictures... I bought this a little while ago after I came back to the hobby, I'm pretty sure this was in an end of year sale for ModelZone. I've had it stored ever since then just waiting for an excuse to build it. Horizontal split for the fuselage, haven't seen that since the Airfix 1/72 Buccaneer I built when I was 8 I think? Was part of a Gulf War set with the Jaguar. Anyhow, this kit doesn't look like it has too many parts to it. Shouldn't take too long to build. Wing tops and engine pod things... not much to see here. It is really strange the part breakdown of this model... I even have the raised copyright notice on the wings, gonna have to get rid of that. Still not 100% sure what version to do, although I guess they are pratically the same with little changed here or there. If I get this one done in time (which I will be shocked if I don't) I will add something else from my 1/144 collection. More to come soon! Kind Regards, Dazz
  4. Tupolev Tu-141 Strizh Soviet reconnaissance drone. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  5. Amodel is to release a 1/72nd Tupolev TB-1 & KP-1 kit - ref. 72351 Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/tupolev-tb-1--kp-1-amdl72351-a-model-amdl72351-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=143626 Box art V.P.
  6. Hi Gents and Happy New year !! The last one of 2016 for a forecoming issue of Wingmasters. The Russian copy of the Concorde. All the best Pierre
  7. I have some massive plans for this GB so let's get started with RusAir Tu-104B offering This seems to be an easy way to put a replica of iconic soviet airliner on your shelf comparing to AModel Indeed - put together 6 parts and the plane is almost ready
  8. MikroMir is to release a new tool 1/72nd Tupolev TB-1 (ANT-4) kit. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988987-soviet-heavy-bomber-tupolev-tb-1-ant-4-172/ V.P.
  9. Amodel is to release in September 2016 a 1/72nd Zveno-1A (Tupolev TB-1 & Polikarpov I-5) kit - ref. 72290 Sources: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/zveno-1a-tb-1--i-5-expected-september-2016-72290-a-model-amdl72290-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=139619 https://www.scalemates.com/kits/1000291-amodel-72290-zveno-1a Box art V.P.
  10. Hi guys, I've bitten the bullet as I'm pretty confident I'm going to finish my Yak-6M for the other GB so I'm getting on board with this one too. I have a few Tu-154's up in the loft and I've been itching to build one for some time, so this is the perfect excuse. Will be finished using 26Decals as Balkan Airlines, LZ-BTW.
  11. Air Kits is to release a 1/72nd Tupolev ANT-2 resin kit Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=79268&start=150 V.P.
  12. So with my Vietnam GB Phantom finished I've waded into my next project. Recently I've been getting into Soviet aviation and combined it with my interest in Cold War Bombers with this Tu22, which I purchased on here about a month ago. I'm quite interested in the aircraft, which has got a futuristic, unusual look to it quite in contrast to earlier designs and so have decided to go ahead with it. I will be building it in the Soviet metallic finish (as opposed to the desert camo Libyan/Iraqi schemes which are in the Revell kit of the aircraft). Here's the kit and what I've done so far: Not sure why the word Bomber is in inverted commas: Unboxing: Decals a bit minimalist: So I made a start by assembling the wings and the tailfins: Required a fair bit of cleaning up where the mould attachments were on the leading edges but with clippers and a file you can hardly notice tailfins were a lot neater and the wings are nicely detailed- the sticking-out bits (to use the technical term) make it look a bit different to the usual more empty wings that you see. Lots of clamps used and some tamiya tape applied to the wing fuel tanks (I think they are) to keep them together while they're drying. Overall it's come together quite neatly though. I also assembled the cockpit which I will be painting in the Soviet cockpit green, and then primed it: The dashboards- not massively detailed but then again it's quite literally physically impossible to see when the aircraft is closed up as far as I can tell anyway (certainly in the case of the rear one): These will be black and I'll use some drybrushing and so on to bring out the dials, should look ok. I went out to buy some green paint for the cockpit today after doing this- it's not exactly a common color to have in your inventory. Now, back to it! -Flash (P.S. General 'The Legend' Melchett, famous bomber maestro, is as many of you know a great fan and expert of the Tu22 (why I don't know, it's a right ugly aircraft- JOKING!) so hopefully he'll be having a look at some point and if that doesn't put me under pressure I don't know what will)
  13. Mars Models is considering to release 1/72nd or 1/48th - scale still under discussion - Tupolev ANT-25 kit - ref. CADs are reported in progress. Source: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewtopic_t_61735.html V.P.
  14. Good afternoon everyone! First of all something needs clearing up, the vulcan build will not be proceding in the immediate future due to my realisation that I had made the whole thing wrong, I won't go into detail but I will consider that practice for scratchbuilding :| Anyway, let us begin on this build! I came across this large kit at the Cosford model show, only a few days ago, and as it happens I had purchased a book on the Tupolev Tu-22 "Blinder" as I am very interested in "the other side's" technology and aircraft. While the Tu22 may not have been the most prolific aircraft in the Soviet arsenal-due to the high landing speed and relative obscelence after the development of the Tu22M. So what do I plan to do with this kit? Well, I would like to have one side as a standard "out of the box build" with the other half containing pieces that have been cut away to reveal sections of the engine/payload bay/cockpits and nose section. The key feature that I would love to implement is the downward-firing ejection seats that would be wound up into the cockpits before taking off. I am always open to any suggestions and tips that anyone wants to incorporate into the build and will do my best to try and do this with a decent level of quality although I will apologise if I don't do particular features of this aircraft-I model for my own enjoyment, I am sure you all understand. Alas! Some photos shall follow: The box The book... The downward firing ejector seats-not suited to low level operations More to come! Sam
  15. After the Tu-2T - ref.B48003 (http://www.britmodel...8035&hl=xuntong) Xuntong Model is to release two new variants of this soviet tactical bomber, the Tu-2VS (ref.B48001) and Tu-2S (ref.B48002). A OOB Xuntong's Tu-2T: http://www.master194...5&hilit=Xuntong Soon at Lucky Model? Provisional (future) links: http://www.luckymode...em_no=XT-B48001 http://www.luckymode...em_no=XT-B48002 Source: http://www.xtmodel.c...Tu_2VSshuoming/ Source: http://www.xtmodel.c.../Tu_2Sshuoming/ V.P.
  16. AirKits (KAJuk) has just released a 1/72nd Tupolev ANT-35 (Arhangelsky PS-35) resin kit - ref.038 Source: https://www.facebook.com/musa.zekoreev/posts/825781247481993 AirKits catalogue V.P.
  17. Hi! Here's my Tu-2. It's Hobby Boss' Easy Build kit. The model is painted using Tamiya paints and weathered with Flory wash,oils, pigments and a silver pencil. The kit has excellent fit, but sparse details. Any comments appreciated Best regards Rune Haugen Norway
  18. Tu-2T/S Update Sets (for Xuntong) 1:48 Eduard Xuntong appeared out of nowhere (as far as I'm concerned at least) with a couple of variants of the infrequently kitted Tupolev Tu-2. It's a nice kit actually (I have the S), irrespective of the fact that it's also their first kit as far as I know. These sets are tooled to fit this kit, and improve the details significantly over a number of mix-and-match sets. Three of the sets are suitable for either kit, while the other two sets for the interior are specific to the T or the S, but as the differences are limited to the instrument panels and small parts, I'll review them together. Interior Set (49632=T 49640=S) These sets comprise two etched frets, one of which is pre-painted and self-adhesive measuring 7cm x 6cm, the other bare brass and measuring 9cm x 7cm. A small acetate film is also included with printed shapes for the gunsight glazing. The cockpit's instrument panels are updated with laminated PE parts that replace the detail on the kit parts, which must be removed before application. The sidewalls are also updated with various boxes, structural parts, and on the left, a large control panel with levers and control wheels on a pre-painted base. The sides are given skins for additional detail, and panels are added to the cockpit sidewalls with extra controls and boxes installed. The pilot's rather chunky rudder pedals are removed and replaced by PE parts, and his seat is decked out with a set of seatbelts from the painted fret, with further parts detailing the back of his seat. The area behind his station is skinned with more brass for detail, and this includes a box with strengthening strips that runs up the sloped section. The other two seats are also given seatbelts, and the gunner's scarfe ring is detailed inside, with more realistic pivot points added to the side. The front bulkhead of the rear compartment is fitted with instrument boxes on a shelf, which is replaced by a folded PE part with lightening holes, and the oxygen bottles on the bottom left and nearby on the inside of the fuselage are given regulator wheels and retaining straps, but beware that Eduard have incorrectly named the parts D17. They are actually D15. Finally, a PE ammo box and a length of link is attached to the lower fuselage for the ventral gun position, the other gun positions receive a number of enhancements, plus link detail for their ammo feeds. The –S set is almost identical to the –T set, save for a few instrument boxes around the cockpit, and in the nose area. TU-2T (49632) TU-2S (49640) Zoom Sets (FE632=T FE640=S) If you don't want to go the whole hog as above, you can get the reduced part-count Zoom sets for the cockpit of either aircraft, which just includes the pre-painted and self-adhesive frets as shown above. TU-2T Zoom! TU-2S Zoom! Undercarriage (48778) This set is common to both airframes, and supplies a substantial upgrade to the detail of the nacelle mounted main gear bays on one large fret of brass measuring 16cm x 13.4cm. Much of the sheet is covered with a set of skins for the inside of the bays with ribbing detail etched in, as well as webwork that is visible between the roof of the bay and the underside of the upper wing. The upper wing is also skinned with rib work and rivets depicting the underside of the upper wing. The rear bulkhead is similarly skinned after removing the moulded in detail, and a prominent oval shape is pressed into the back with a ball-point pen. The skin for the bay roof has additional detail added to replace the chunky kit rendition, and various small parts are added to the sides . The landing gear legs are treated to a set of brake hoses and a pair of doughnut shaped hub-caps, plus a number of other small details around the gear leg, such as the oleo-scissor link, and the brackets holding it in place. In addition to the bay door actuators supplied with the kit, Eduard have included an additional jack that sits at the rear of the door, which is also skinned with internal detail. Landing Flaps (48777) The kit has moulded in flaps aft of the positionable dive brakes, and posable ailerons, and this set supplies all parts necessasy to pose the split flaps extended for landing or maintenance. The preparation is quite simple, requiring you to remove the two flap sections on each wing lower (one inboard of the nacelle, the other outboard), and thinning of the corresponding section of upper wing, taking care not to damage the rear of the nacelle that is moulded into the trailing edge of the upper wing parts. The inner flap bays and outer skin of the flaps are a single part, with the chordwise ribs folded in and glued into grooves in the bays, the rear wall folded up vertically, and the flap skin laminated to an interior section with a large spanwise rib added along the centre. Three spanwise ribs are slid into the bay from the side and glued in place, and then a trio of actuator brackets are added to the rear wall, with some 0.5mm rod used to complete the assembly, which you will need to supply. Chordwise ribs are also added to the inner flap either side of the spanwise rib, and the flap is then connected to the actuators by more short lengths of 0.5mm rod. The outer flaps are constructed in the same way, but without the chordwise ribs on the flap inner surface, and only two actuator brackets. Of course this has to be carried out on both wings, so you will be assembling four sets from the crowded brass fret that measures 16cm x 13.4cm. Bomb Bay Arriving on a large fret measuring 18.5cm x 13.4cm, this set provides a full set of skins for the insides of the bomb bay within the fuselage, a new roof and forward bulkhead skin, and bomb bay door skins. It also includes a number of prominent ribs within the bay that stand either side of the bomb load. The rear of the bay is replaced entirely, cutting a length of the cut floor, and substituting an oval section of the bay with bulkhead and rib work visible inside. A bomb-carrier is installed running down the centre of the bay, and bay door actuators to the aft of the bay. The huge bombs that are carried in and either side of the bomb bay don't escape attention, having a new set of fins, mounting lugs, stabilising brackets and fusing spinner to the rear, duplicated three times for the full load. Exterior (48762) This set is marked as for the TU-2T, but as it includes a new tail section for the -2S, and the balance of the parts aren't version specific, it seems to be suitable for either. The main focus of the set in terms of area of the fret is the engine bays, detailing the interior of the opening cowlings, the exhaust flaps, the wiring looms and the details on the outer cowling. As well as the fins for the torpedo, a boxed in bay and some small details for the tail wheel are supplied, including a hub for the tail wheel itself, and some extra detail for the external bomb carriage racks under the wing roots. Conclusion As usual with Eduard sets, the results will warrant the extra work, and the addition of flaps always adds extra candid interest to an aircraft, although this comes at the expense of a "cleaned-up" airframe. The base kit is of good quality, although I find the manual a little confusing, jumping from place to place on the build. Consequently, it's a bit of a struggle comparing stages between the kit instructions and Eduard's sheet. Some serious brass is included with each set though, and anyone that has seen the pre-painted sets know the level of detail that is included. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. I bought this kit only a few days ago and im really happy with the progress, and the kit in itself. It will, when finished, wear the delivery colours of CCCP-65973: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aeroflot/Tupolev-Tu-134A/0720882/L/&sid=bd50b80da3d101e77115dff9e924479c http://www.airliners.net/photo/Aeroflot/Tupolev-Tu-134A/0120071/L/&sid=bd50b80da3d101e77115dff9e924479c The decals i will use can be found here: http://www.f-dcal.fr/decals/product.php?id_product=1217. I did however, after getting this far, discover that maybe i should have waited with the pitot tubes until after i've added the decals as those pass right over them. --------------- This is the kit i prioritize, but i am also working on a Revell 737-200 with Air Inuit decals from V1 Decals and a Hasegawa MD-90 that i have yet to decide what livery it should wear. If anyone is interested in pics, just ask.
  20. High Resolution and Detailed Artworks of Tupolev Tu-104 and Tu-134 • MALÉV - Hungarian Airlines • CSA - Czechoslovak Airlines For more details click below: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79923060@N04/sets
  21. A new chinese brand, Xuntong Model, has released or is to release a 1/48th Tupolev Tu-2T "Bat" kit. Source 1: http://scalemodels.r...-1-48-tu-2.html Source 2: http://news.hobby.ne...;st=0entry49457 The Xuntong Model homepage: http://www.xtmodel.com.cn/ http://www.xtmodel.c...a/Tu_2shuoming/ http://www.xtmodel.c.../a/Tu_2zhanshi/ If you've a look in the images herebelow you discover that this Tu-2T kit is quoted as B48003. So what about B48001 and B48002 kits? Other Tu-2 versions? The Tu-2: http://en.wikipedia....ki/Tupolev_Tu-2 V.P.
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