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  1. Eduard has just announced 1/48th MiG-23MF "Flogger-B" & MiG-3ML "Flogger-G" in Czechoslovak service. New tool? That's the question. Frankly I hardly imagine Eduard reboxing the Trumpeter's MiG-23 kits. But who knows. If they're new tool and from the same barrel as their 1/48th MiG-21 "Fishbed" Source: https://scontent.fbru2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22382055_1823842124297393_5421894630712582162_o.png?oh=3b46bbc2e5e4abf84b990a1a4b7b5aba&oe=5A403F00 V.P.
  2. Kovozávody Prostějov is to release a family of 1/72nd Mig-23 Flogger kits. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931186-azmodellegatoadmiral-wwii-aircraft-comments-questions-and-wishes/?p=1891334 New tool? That's the question. Some sources quoted these future kits as repop from the R.V. Aircraft moulds. V.P.
  3. Mig-23ML/MF Resin Update Sets (for Trumpeter/Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard have reboxed the Trumpeter kit of this aircraft as a special edition "Bedna" boxing with Czech markings, allowing you to build either an ML or MF airframe. Eduard's new sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner, and we reviewed the PE sets and masks here if you fancy a squint. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. The larger sets are safely ensconced in card boxes and use the same foam to protect the resin, Photo-Etch (PE), masks and decals where applicable. As usual with resin, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. Mig-23MF/ML Ejection Seat (648429) This is a drop-in replacement for the kit seat, comprising two resin parts, and nickel-plated, pre-painted parts for the crew belts, pull-handle and armrest. Mig-23MF/ML Engine Air Intakes (648434 & 648438) More drop-in resin parts that replace the intakes (not the splitter plate), adds PE blow-in doors, and a choice of two clear lenses on the top of the port intake, with a mask for each into the bargain. The difference between them? A small panel engraved into the rear of the ML. Mig-23ML 648438 Mig-23MF 648434 Mig-23ML Wheels (648431) With two resin main and two nose wheels, plus hub inserts for the outer sides, wafer-thin captive gear bay doors and a mudguard for the front leg, plus PE brake hoses, the protective cage that fits to the "knee" of the main gear legs, and masks (not shown) for the tyres to help you achieve a nice neat demarcation between rubber and hub. Mig-23ML Main Wheel Bays (648428) Replacing the kit bays with ultra-fine detailed resin parts, and adding extra internal parts for realism, resin inner and outer doors and jacks, plus an array of small PE parts for hoses, wiring etc. to create an impressive glimpse into the heart of the machine. Mig-23ML Exhaust Nozzle (648430) Yet another drop-in replacement for the kit exhaust, which is made up from seven resin parts for the ultimate in detail, and should look awesome when painted sympathetically, using the Gunze codes provided as reference. R-23R Apex Missiles for Mig-23 (648432) The pointy-nosed (technical description) R variant of this missiles is the Semi-Active Radar Homing (SARH) version, and you get two missiles in the box with separate steering vanes at the front, larger stabilisers at the rear, and a PE exhaust ring at the back, plus adapter rails. They can be posed with their FOD covers on by cutting off the front of the missiles and adding the supplied covers, plus a ring of PE protectors for the proximity sensors. Decals are provided for the stencils, and the colour call-outs are given in Gunze codes as normal. R-23T Apex Missiles for Mig-23 (648433) The blunt-nosed (another technical description) R variant of this missiles is the Infrared (IR) version, and you get two missiles in the box with separate steering vanes at the front, larger stabilisers at the rear, and a PE exhaust ring at the back, plus adapter rails. They can be posed with their FOD covers on by cutting off the front of the missiles and adding the supplied covers, plus a ring of PE protectors for the proximity sensors. Decals are provided for the stencils, and the colour call-outs are given in Gunze codes as normal. I know. Déjà vu all over again! Review sample courtesy of
  4. Mig-23ML/MF Update Sets (for Trumpeter/Eduard) 1:48 Eduard Eduard have reboxed the Trumpeter kit of this aircraft as a special edition "Bedna" boxing with Czech markings, allowing you to build either an ML or MF airframe. Eduard's new sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Upate Set Mig-23ML (48966) Supplied on a single large fret, this busy brass sheet contains a lot of small details that are spread over the entire airframe. In the cockpit there are new launch rails for the ejection seat, plus small panels on the bulkhead, cockpit sills, canopy internal parts and seat details. The nose gear bay receives new side skins; wiring detail and new bay door hinges, with additional detail added to the main bays too. On the fuselage, many small vents are added as raised parts; a pop-up intake and its tunnel are fitted to a hole you make in the exterior, and stiffeners are added here and there. The air-brakes have wiring added to their bays, and a new detailed skin added to the interior of the brakes themselves, while the intake splitter plates are removed and replaced by a new highly detailed micro-perforated part that should improve detail immensely with careful painting. Inside the intakes, the thick splitters are replaced by more in-scale parts, new auxiliary vents are added on top, and inside the side aux-intakes are backed with a louvered box. The fuel tanks are given PE filler caps, and other small parts are dotted around the airframe Upate Set Mig-23MF (48965) Supplied on a single large fret, identical to the one above in all but name (which is why there isn't another picture – just imagine the different number at the top), the difference are minimal and relate to one area, the tip of the tail fillet. Seatbelts STEEL Mig-23ML/MF (FE932) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of crew belts, you also get a set of the pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Masks Tface (EX615) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. You also get another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. Review sample courtesy of
  5. HpH is working on a 1/32nd MiG-23BN "Flogger-H" resin conversion set for the Trumpeter's MiG-23ML kit. Sources: https://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=39718&page_d=0&idp_d=0&idc_d=2&show_html= http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=73767 V.P.
  6. Big Flogger in design by HpH a 1/18th MiG-23BN "Flogger-H" Source: https://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=39718 V.P.
  7. Source: http://www.cybermodeler.com/news/trumpeter.shtml Trumpeter's 1/48th MiG-23MLD "Flogger-K" kit is expected late August 2014 - ref.02856 V.P.
  8. After the MiG-23BN "Flogger-H" (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973404-148-mig-23bn-flogger-h-by-trumpeter-released/) Trumpeter is to release in late March 2016 a 1/48th MiG-27 "Flogger-D" - ref.05802. Source: http://www.trumpeter.cn/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=67&l=en Box art V.P.
  9. Late entrant to this GB, so here goes. Have been on a Soviet roll lately (a I-16 and three straight Fulcrums) so what better way than with the quintessential Soviet fighter of the 1970s: the MiG-23 Flogger. Alas, the poor Flogger has been very badly neglected in The One True Scale. The Hasegawa kit is old and has raised panel lines, as does the Zvezda. The Academy pseudo-copy of the Base kit has them engraved but is rather shoddy and has major accuracy and detail issues. RS Models came out with a short-run series which was quite expensive. In comes KP with what appears to be a long-run version of the RS kit. Alas, the short-run nature of this kit is obvious the moment you open the box: despite superb panel line detailing, you can tell that it's going to have fit issues among other challenges. Still, it's the best Flogger kit on the market pending what I suspect will be an inevitable Trumpeter offering. I decided to go for a MiG-23M using the M/MF kit. I noticed that the instructions make no differentiation of the M and MF versions so I leave it to the experts to tell us what is so different (besides the avionics). The kit has decals for a Soviet version (Red 01) in camo colors with an interesting dolphin mascot but for accuracy's sake, I will be painting this in standard 70s overall gray. One of the more famous vintage pictures of the Flogger shows one in gray with Red 12 numbering so I will represent its unit brother, Red 10 by flipping around the Red 01. I find it hard to believe that there wasn't a Red 10 somewhere in East Germany ready to face off against NATO! Paints used are Akan from their MiG-23/25/31 set and look spot on. Part 1: Cockpit Not much to say here, the cockpit has detail but it's quite soft and definitely feels short-run quality. It would have benefited from some instrument panel decals to go over the raised detail as it's hard at this scale to paint accurately. The soft detailing also makes it difficult to give it a wash so I skipped it.
  10. Well, I suppose, why not.......in the interests of balance I thought I would enter this MiG 23. I know its not the most accurate rendition, but hey, it looks like the silhouettes we got during our aircraft recognition training in the British Army - thats enough for me! The box seems misleading, calling it a MiG23S, which I believe was the Flogger A? So I think it is a MiG 23M, Flogger B? Exports called Mig 23MF? The big question is 1970s colour schemes.....I have been informed that DDR MiG23s delivered in the 70s came in the light grey scheme, but were later changed to the camo scheme. Later versions delivered in the 80s were delivered cammed up. The big Q is do I go grey or camo for the 70s - does anyone have any dated references? I have trawled the net but only found the camo painted airframes.....obviously data/pics are quite rare due to the Cold War. I have looked at Hi-Decal decals, lots of sets for various Russian aircraft, exported, the MiG 23 decals are for later 80/90s aircraft, but emblems etc seem standard sizes etc - so I may buy something a bit older to reflect this. Any advice welcome. It does seem I have a lot of kits on my bench (against my own rules!) , with the Mozzie GB coming up too....however some are relatively straightforward simple 1/72 builds, so hopefully I will have a decent chance of getting hem done. http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/esm/images/a/a5/MH_136i-2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161227112147 Instructions via the web in the Minicraft guise! Worse case I can build a Soviet version out of the box which I think falls into the 1970s - again please correct me if needed.
  11. A couple (or so) from Mitiga in 2007 .....
  12. MiG-23MF Flogger B. Pics by Hans J taken at Cold War Museum, Bagenkop in Denmark
  13. Source: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2016/info-eduard-2016-06EN.pdf V.P.
  14. MiG-23MF "222" RoAF, Bucharest - Otopeni, Military Parade of 23 th august 1982
  15. Finished yesterday. Hasegawa's MiG-27D kit, with many inaccuracies but at the end I'm happy with the result: first time painting with airbrush, first time using Mr.Hobby Aquoeos.
  16. Hi everyone! I decided to start something new on the side and get off the F-16 I am building for a while because I am getting a bit burnt out with it to be honest. I decided to start something fresher and I thought simpler.... naive I am!! So I decided to start with the Hasegawa Mig-27 Flogger D in the 1/72: This particular release is from 2003 although I am suspecting it comes from an old old kit as a quick search in Scalemates suggests. Also the combination of raised and depressed panel lines suggests. Furthermore there some significant flash in the kit pointing to a worn out mold. So these are the sprues out of the box: Plus a clear sprue with the 2 piece canopy, which can be mounted either close or open and a couple of clear part for signaling lights on the side of the main fuselage. Some details of a few parts: Flash: Now off we go! First things first I did the research in the following websites if you wanna have a look around (best walkarounds I could find): http://scalemodels.ru/news/4987-Walkaround-mig-27-kokpit-tekhnicheskijj-muzejj-toljatti-rossija-MiG-27-Flogger-cockpit-Tolyatti.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/3565-Walkaround-mig-27k-iz-gosudarstvennogo-muzeja-aviacii-zhuljany-kiev.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/3566-Walkaround-mig-23bm-mig-27-Flogger-D-zhuljany-kiev.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/3082-mig-27k-v-muzee-aviacionnojj-tekhniki-v-borovojj.html http://scalemodels.ru/news/1737-Walkaround-mig-27-irkutsk-MiG-27-Flogger-D-Irkutsk.html ( THIS IS MY MAIN REFERENCE) http://scalemodels.ru/news/1373-Walkaround-mig-27-saratov-MiG-27-Flogger-Saratov.html I am not sure if I am missing something but first thing to strike me was the nose. Completely wrong shape, at least for the Flogger D model, which should be as follow: (http://scalemodels.ru/modules/photo/viewcat.php?id=24979&cid=567&min=60&orderby=dateA&show=12) Photo credit True that there are differences between the mig-27 models: But all those nice targeting systems on the nose (Kaira-1 system) completely non existing on the Hasegawa kit! So I set myself to fix this offend! Original nose: A bit of standard Milliput and water to shape the Kaira-1 system main structure: Sanding and reshapping will follow to lower the profile of the structure, also painted the sockets black and cut open the frontal element of the Kaira-1 using a photo-etched mini saw: Now time for the optics! Clear sprue which has been reshaped thinner and polished: Cut the tip for the frontal element of the lens (see reference picture above): A smear of CA and it is fixed! Now the second optical element at the front: This is just a clear styrene sheet cut and glued into place # Next will be covering all elements with the armoured glass windows which will be more clear styrene sheet and nose it is ready to go! I have also been working on the frontal wheel bay which again kit version is FAAAAAAAAAAAAR from reality! I will prepare another post just focusing on that one After that comes the cockpit which in the kit is mysteriously missing! As always comments / suggestions are more than welcome! Hope you like this Cheers, Alex P.S. if you wanna check my F-16 build this is the link http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965428-172-heller-f-16-ab-old-issue-first-model-fighter/
  17. Mig-23BN Upgrade Sets (for Trumpeter) 1:48 Eduard We reviewed this kit from Trumpeter here at the end of 2015, and now we have some sets from Eduard that will add detail and ease the way with those sometimes awkward clear parts. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (49754) Consisting of two frets of PE, one of which is nickel-plated and pre-painted, plus a small slip of acetate sheet with the HUD glazing printed on, this set contains a full set of replacement instruments, which are pre-painted and laminated to provide a realistic-looking facsimile of the real things. In addition, the ejection set is detailed with new more in-scale parts; headbox details; a full set of seatbelts; seat controls and the important pull handle that gets you the fudge out of dodge in an emergency. The cockpit sills; the framing around the cockpit and detail inside, plus the instrument coaming are also addressed along with some handy rear-view mirrors to complete the job. You'll need to have a tiny length of 0.5mm diameter rod in stock to complete the canopy latch mechanism too. Exterior (48873) Starting with the wheel bays, this large brass fret adds a lot of missing details to both the main and nose gear wells; Additional gear-leg and wheel hub parts; gear bay door hinges; detailed splitter-plates and blow-in auxiliary doors on the intakes; tiny circular pressure relief doors on the underside of the aft fuselage; detail for the tail-bullet para-pack; A scale-thickness afterburner ring assembly; inner skins plus bay detail for the air-brakes; a number of aerials and sensors; and aft fuselage details such as chaff and flare dispensers. Weapons (48874) A small brass fret with a LOT of similar parts that adds essential details to the weapons, starting with skins for the ejector racks when empty; attachment points for the R-13M missiles; attachment points and fin-stabilising roller details for the R-60s, plus exhaust ring; and twelve sets of fins for the iron bombs with a template to align the fins before adding the tubular centre (that you must roll) and the box-like rear. FOD (48875) Foreign Object Debris (FOD) is taken seriously in aviation, so the moment an aircraft comes to a halt, technicians swarm in to secure areas that are susceptible. This set contains FOD covers for the AoA probes on the nose; main air intakes and the auxiliary doors on top and at the side of the intakes; and the exhaust. The real intake and exhaust covers have stiffening ridges moulded in, which in PE are replicated by deforming pre-etched areas outwards with the tip of a ball-point pen. Masks (EX492) A sheet of pre-cut kabuki tape is provided with outline masks for the curved windscreen and canopy, the centres of which you should fill either with liquid mask or scrap tape, plus wingtip and HUD glazing, with a bonus of hub masks for the main and nose gear wheels, allowing you to paint the tyres with a sharp demarcation. Review sample courtesy of
  18. After its MiG-27K "Flogger-J2" (http://modelsua.com/MiG-27K-Kaira-Guillemot-NATO-Flogger-J2-1-72-Artmodel-7214.html) ArtModel has just released a 1/72nd MiG-27M/D "Flogger-J" kit - ref.7216 Source: http://modelsua.com/MiG-27M-D-Flogger-J-ground-attack-aircraft-1-72-ArtModel-7216.html The image in the ModelsUA homepage is a picture from a 19.Gv.APIB MiG-27D "Flogger-J" - bort 24 yellow, c/n 61912559200 - taken in the early nineties at Lärz (Mirow) in Germany. More about the MiG-27D/M & K based in Germany: http://www.16va.be/3.3_appui_tactique_part1.html http://www.16va.be/3.3_appui_tactique_part2.html http://www.16va.be/galeries_vvs/mig-27/imgcol/index.html http://walkarounds.airforce.ru/avia/rus/mig/mig-27k/index.htm V.P.
  19. MiG-23ML Pictures by Sven Harjaek taken at La Bourget museum Paris.
  20. Build 10 This will mostly be an OOB build with a little work on the wing glove to reduce the gap. Price: £2.98 eBay. I had to throw the box away when I received the kit as it was smelling moldy. But before I did, I scanned the instructions and paint guide on the back of the box. The stars are not very well defined and I'l probably replace these from the spares box.
  21. Trumpeter's 1/48 Flogger family enlargement. After the MiG-23M "Flogger-B" http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234916557-148th-mig-23mmf-flogger-b-by-trumpeter-released/?hl=flogger To be released in January 2014 is the MiG-23ML "Flogger-G" - ref.2855 Source: http://www.cybermodeler.com/news/trumpeter.shtml Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/a/en/news/20130910/2502.html V.P.
  22. New for the Eduard Days 2013, RV Aircraft (http://www.rvresin.com/plastic_kits.html) is to release a 1/72nd MiG-23BM "Flogger-D" kit. Source: http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2013/09/26/novinka-firmy-r-v-aircraft-na-rijen-2013/?lang=CS V.P. .
  23. Your next dream is a 1/48th two-seats training and combat MiG-23UB "Flogger-C" kit? Forget your scratch project. NeOmega is two release in about two weeks a comprehensive MiG-23UB conversion set for the Trumpeter's recent "Flogger" kit. Sources: http://scalemodels.ru/news/5780-novinka-neomega--kabina-mig-23ub-1-48.html http://www.facebook.com/pages/NeOmega-Resin/170706509624082?ref=stream#!/photo.php?fbid=568912963136766&set=a.170713639623369.42907.170706509624082&type=1 To be followed V.P.
  24. Hello All, Decided to build this completely OOB, and get it done quick. I've taken a look at my "stash" and I am quite shocked by how many models I own compared to how many I have built (about 12:1 ratio!). I think this kit is almost as old as I am... 1986 the instructions say, only 3 years younger than me! Ouch... Onto the pictures... Decided to do this as an "speed" build... fat chance of that one happening. I wanted to do her on her wheels, but then remembered that the bottom rudder thing (whats it's correct name?) hinges to the side when it's on the ground. Which meant I had to cut the one you see in the picture above, to the left of the rocket pods. The cockpit shape is totally different to the fuselage, so out with the filler tomorrow. Where I am at close of play today... Am thinking of doing this as an Indian Air Force one, they look pretty cool. Gotta source/make some decals first. Thank you for looking. Kind Regards, Dazz
  25. Mig-23M/MF Wheels (for Trumpeter) 1:48 Eduard Brassin (648089) This is a replacement wheel set for the new Trumpeter kit, but it's not just a drop-in set of wheels, as you'll probably see from the pictures. The set arrives in their slim clamshell box, and includes sixteen parts in grey resin, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) metal, a sheet of kabuki masking material (not pictured), and of course the instruction sheet. There's quite a lot in the pack, and you have a few options with nose wheel hubs and mudguards, which I think are the differences between the M and the MF, but nothing is said in the instructions on the subject. The main wheels are well moulded with plenty of detail, and what looks like a number of bubbles in the tread area, but these are far too regular to be accidental, so must be part of the tyre design. You have a choice of hub-types here too, with small but noticeable variations between them. In addition to the wheels, you get replacement bay doors that sit atop the main wheels when extended, which has much improved detail. Small PE details are added to the gear leg, plus a mesh panel that hangs from one of the joints, door supports and brake lines. The masks are pre-cut into eight donut shapes for the nose and main gear wheels, allowing you to cut a clean demarcation between hub and tyres. If you're spraying the colours however, you'll need to add some additional scrap masking material to prevent over-spray. Conclusion A highly detailed set that contains a lot of extra parts and improvements to the kit that will be noticeable to anyone looking at the finished model. The inclusion of bay doors and additional parts in PE is a bonus, and although not everyone likes two-dimensional PE brake lines, they could at least be used for templates to cut wire to replace them. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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