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  1. My trip to Germany in October/November 2021 was the trigger that I needed to start to really get into Soviet planes. When I landed in Berlin for my MCC/JOC courses I didn’t had in mind that same airport was somehow part of the old Berlin-Schönefeld airport (the old airport of East Berlin). On the next day I was ready to start my MCC in a Boeing 737-800 simulator in an airfield in the surroundings of Berlin (Schönhagen - EDAZ). One of my instructors after some sessions and morning coffees told me that my other instructor who was giving me lessons also, was a pilot for Interflug before the Berlin Wall collapsed. He flew Tupolev’s and Ilyushin’s for a brief time. After this I’ve asked him how it was flying a very complex Soviet plane and to share with me some Interflug memories. I didn’t had a very much feedback because he was a reserved person. Well… I will just wonder how those times would have been… After my courses done I’ve visited Berlin, and since I’m a huge fan and a curios person regarding history and politics I’ve went to the GDR Museum and I’ve tried to collect the most interesting facts and histories regarding the Wall and also the whole system that divided Berlin and also a country in two once. I’ve started to read more about Interflug and the German aviation at the time and I had the idea that since I went to Berlin, it would be a nice idea to built an East-German plane so I can also have some sort of a good thing to reminds me the good times that I’ve spend there! So, 1 week after I’ve arrived from Berlin I’ve went to Amsterdam for my birthday and its a mandatory stop to visit Aviation Megastore. Still with this Interflug vibes in my mind I wanted to buy a model that Interflug had operated. I didn’t liked the Tu-134 with their livery, so I’ve decided for the Tu-154. It is a nice plane and the Interflug’s livery was kinda pretty on it! Well I’ve talked that much already, so maybe is better to go straight to business. Let’s do this! This is the Tu-154 box, with the classic Zvezda drawings as a cover. With this model you have three livery options: Classic Aeroflot Livery, Current Aeroflot Livery and the Open Skies Livery with Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut titles. Like I’ve said before, I will prefer to use the Interflug decals. Like normal, Ive started the model by glueing the windows in the fuselage. Since I’m gonna use decals for them later, I’ve just used the regular glue from Revell. After that I’ve filled a bit of the window holes with plastic putty in order to sand it with a 1000 sandpaper grid later on. Meanwhile I’ve also painted the “S induct” tube with a some sort of dark grey and since I didn’t knew how they would attach in the end (even with instructions), I’ve painted that whole area inside with Vallejo’s “Jet Exhaust” (77.713). It was also time for start the engines. And to be honest that was a bit demanding, when it comes to pick up the colors to apply. In the end, after watching so many pictures of the Tu-154 engines, I’ve decided to apply the “Engine Grey” (71.048) in the engine fans and the “Beige” (71.074) in the engine cones. After that, in the same way I’ve did with my Varig 767, the turbine outlets, I’ve painted them with the “Smokey Ink” (72.068). Heres the result: With them painted, I was able to assemble the S-Duct and finally attach the main fuselage together. The 20g weight was glued in front, the duct glued in place so as the exhaust tube that I’ve also painted with “Jet Exhaust” (77.713). With the windows already sanded and the main frame together as one, its time for sanding and putty! With the airplane sanded, it was time to give a first thin and irregular primer coat to check some imperfections. They appeared on top and a bit in the bottom of the fuselage. I’ve applied putty again and I’ve sanded it again. I think after these adjustments, the airplane is ready for the final paint job. I’ve started this with the elevators, because it would be easier to mask them in the end than if it would be the opposite instead. I’ve started with the same grey that I normally use for wings: 71.046 from Vallejo also. After this grey, I’ve masked again the elevators to paint the leading edges in aluminum and later on the sides in a red/orange shadow. I’ve also started to apply the main coats of white in the fuselage with the 62.001 shadow. I will continue with this process until I’ll have a consistent white layer. After this, I will use the same grey shadow as I used for the elevators and paint the lower parts of the fuselage. For now, let it dry and work on the other models (to make a better use of the limited time )
  2. November's project: ICM TU-2 1/72 A bit of an odd one this - At first glance it looks like a typical older Eastern European kit, a bit rough round the edges with tons of flash and the decals from hell... BUT with an amazing level of very fine surface detail, almost all of it far too fine to make out after painting. So I've scribed all panel lines to make them visible and given her a good rivetting, most of which was still a bit too light to be seen! Scratch the built bomb bay, added the bomb racks, gun barrels, wheel wells and cockpit details also. Anyways, may I present Theresa the Tupolev for your delectation...
  3. Hi All! 1/144 resin kit. Tu-104B -enlarged late model of first soviet jetliner for 100 passengers. This aircraft 42-438 from 204-th Novosibirsk United Air Squadron. Plane crashed in March 1961 near Sverdlovsk. Enjoy watching!
  4. Tupolev T-134 (NATO reporting name Crusty) Pics of three aircraft taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  5. Hi all. Finally got myself an airbrush and opened up a new exciting world of pain and thinners and mixing paints and trying to wash the paint off the pants, haha. This has been a very random build, because I came across the Tu-134 as a cheapest kit available and I instantly thought I always wanted one. The build was quite an easy one except for the canopy fit, probably. I missed the fact that rudder is put between the two halves of the fuselage, which is an unusual feat. Eventually had to force it in place and do some repairs. The navigator glasshouse does not fit at all (which I was aware of). I tried to keep the two halves of the fuselage unglued forward of the nose gear bay and cockpit windshield, fit the the navigators canopy and fill the gap, but it didn't work quite as expected. Still maybe this is the way around for someone with a rather better skill and patience than me. There is a huge rant over at the russian model community side about the inflight stabilizer angle being -1.5 or something degrees down as a must do. Well I got it slightly nose down and that's about it. Once again, airbrush is a great excitement for me, being a trained painter I know a thing or two about colour mixing. First time tried and oil wash (with the terror and relief!). Didn't bother to glue back an underside antenna because it won't stay. And yeah, right side 'soviet bird' logo somehow slid after applying, don't know when Enjoy I've decided to paint fancy lemon yellow spinners My cat in 1:1 scale
  6. Tupolev Tu-154 (NATO reporting name: Careless) Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  7. Zvezda is working on a 1/144th Tupolev Tu-204C cargo aircraft kit - ref. Sources: https://vk.com/wall-29859496?own=1 http://airliner-models.org/forum/topic/4281-новинки-2017/?page=7#comment-100454 http://scalemodels.ru/news/12050-anons-zvezda-1-144-tupolev-tu-204s---testovye-otlivki.html V.P.
  8. After the 1/72 kits (link) Mars Models is to release 1/144th Tupolev TB-3-4M-17F / G-2 (2 in 1) kit - ref. 14401 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/568843716590060/photos/a.581699528637812.1073741831.568843716590060/955935247880903/ https://www.facebook.com/568843716590060/photos/a.581699528637812.1073741831.568843716590060/955989171208844/ Box art Decals Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=948196188654809&id=568843716590060 V.P.
  9. Next Xuntong Model (http://www.xtmodel.com.cn/) Bobcat Hobby Model kit, after the long announced DB-3F/IL-4 (link), will be a 1/48th Tupolev SB-2-100 - ref. ? Sources: http://www.xtmodel.com.cn/html/2014/pexplain_0618/19.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/7653-3D-rendery-Xuntong-Model-1-48-sb-2-100.html 3D renders V.P.
  10. Hello all While reading up on the Tupolev I-4 series and planning future builds and conversion of them, I came across the AHT-13, prototype of the I-8. The aircraft was essentially a redesigned I-4 with an imported Curtiss Conqueror engine. The aicraft did not enter production because the USSR had no plans to import or produce the Conqueror engine and no local alternative was available. In spite of that, flight tests appear to suggest that the aircraft flew well, being the first Soviet design to pass 300 km/h in level flight. My question is, given my interest in modelling all the variants of the I-4, from AHT-5 Prototype, to Production I-4, Mid-Production I-4Z (smaller lower wing), and Late-Production I-4bis (with lower wing removed entirely), and now, the I-8, where could I find a suitable nose and set of landing gear to graft onto the I-4 fuselage? I-4 (AHT-5) I-8 Thanks, Tweener
  11. Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire-C, Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  12. Tupolev Tu-95MS Bear-H, pics by Dave Haskell at Poltava Long Range & Strategic Aviation Museum, Ukraine,
  13. Tu-16K-26 pics taken at Poltava Museum of Long range & strategic Aviation, Ukraine; by Dave Haskell.
  14. Tupolev Tu-160 White Swan (NATO Reporting name Blackjack). Pictures taken by Dave Haskell at The Poltava Museum of Long-Range and Strategic Aviation in The Ukraine.
  15. The first soviet all metal passenger plane More about the prototype: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_ANT-2 1/72 resin kit from AirKits The kit is supplied with nicely moulded engine from Prop&Jet Let's get started. Assembled the cabin and deepened the door on the port board. Also deepened one of the two semicircle pilot access steps, need to find a better way
  16. Hello mates, not only old stuff no... this is my big new Shilo, quite hard work... but i love her...started on April 16, 2016, finished on October 17, 2017, 170 hrs...she is quite pimped and the real coke bottle took 40 hrs alone i added one picture, PJ Productions navigator forgot his scratchbuilt briefcase, omeio checkov, therefore hatch open by eduard crew chief, second Kh-22 under belly is a pimped Trumpeter Tu-22M3 one Cheers, Tom
  17. AirKits is to release a 1/72nd Tupolev ANT-29 DIP resin kit. Sources: https://propjet.ucoz.ru/forum/14-246-1 http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=79268&start=300 V.P.
  18. Tupolev Tu-142MZ Bear F the last production Tu-142. Distinguished by new NK-12MP engines and the chin fairing. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  19. AirKits has just released a 1/72nd Tupolev ANT-21 resin kit. Sources: https://propjet.ucoz.ru/forum/14-241-1 http://master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=79268&start=300 http://www.greenmats.club/topic/4475-туполев-ант-21-бис-airkits-172/ V.P.
  20. Nils

    Tu-95MS

    I've finally finished my old Tupolev TU-95MS VVS bomber, I've started long time ago, this came out as the 'Saratov' backdrop is a photo take by myself some years ago over Iceland. All modelling in Modo, textures done in Photoshop. The little postrender work I've added, is also done in PS
  21. This kit I found on the internet for a very reasonable price. As I am very fond of russian airliners I had to have this cute bird in my collection. There seems to be no manufacturer name on the box...or at least I cant't read it. It looks more like a advertising giveaway by Tupolev,same as the IL-96 kits by Ilyjushin,that were later re-released by Eastern Express. The quality of the kit is as poor as the IL-96 kits.The shape itself is quite accurate but the fit is terrible. As the landing gear parts were full of plastic residue,I decided to make a desktop like model,using the included display stand. I also bought a new and more detailded decal set from PAS Models to add more life to the kit.The included decal sheet was very basic and also the colors looked a bit off. After hours of filling and sanding and rescribing, I was finally able to get on some paint. Almost a year has passed since I started this kit but by facing all these fitting issues,I put it away several times and concentrated on other models. But finally here she is... The TU-334 first flew in 1999 and was planned as a replacement aircraft to the TU-134. Unfortunately ,only 2 prototypes were built and the aircraft never entered production. Thanks for looking
  22. Tupolev Tu-104, NATO reporting name Camel. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  23. Tupolev Tu-134UBL. This is a Tu-134 with a Tu-22M3 nose grafted on to act as a crew trainer. Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
  24. As logical follow up to its TB-1(ANT-4) & TB-1P kits (link), Mikromir is to release a 1/72nd Tupolev G-1 kit - ref. 72-012 Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1619048508172879 Released: http://mikro-mir.com/en/306.html V.P.
  25. Tupolev Tu-22M2 Backfire-B, Pics taken at The Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany, Kiev. Pics thanks to Dave Haskell.
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