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  1. After the MiG-29 (9.12) "Fulcrum-A" late version - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234925828&hl=fulcrum - , Yufei (Haneto) and Great Wall Hobby are working on a new variant of this fighter aircraft, the MiG-29 (9.13) "Fulcrum-C". In the meantime Yufei has also announced the MiG-29 (9.12) early version... Here are the first pictures Source: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=255187&st=500 V.P.
  2. Tiangong-1 and Shenzhou-8 Spacecraft Great Wall Hobby (GWH) 1:48 History During the early part of the 1970's China initiated a space programme, titled "Shunguang-1", with the intention of developing and using their own craft and astronauts for space exploration. The first astronauts were selected in April 1971 but nothing came of it and the project was cancelled. The programme was restarted in 1985 with the intention of building their own space shuttle however, at that time, China did not have sufficient technological knowledge or experience for such an elaborate undertaking and the whole project was abandoned soon after. In order to continue their commitment for an indigenous space programme, China decided to build a spacecraft developed from the Russian Soyuz craft. With Russian co-operation the Chinese spacecraft, to be known as Shenzhou (various derivations but most popular 'Devine Craft'), could be built at a reasonable cost and to less protracted timescales. After long consultations, designs and re-designs, they were finally able to authorise a new project entitled "Programme 921/1" in 1992. The Shenzhou spacecraft was larger than the Soyuz craft but still looked outwardly similar and had some additional features that the Soyuz did not have; namely it would have it's own engines and docking system to allow for independent docking with a space station. the first craft, Shenzhou-1, was launched in November 1999 carried by a two-stage Long March rocket and was an unmanned test flight. Shenzhou-2 was launched in January 2001 and carried animals as part of the ongoing experiments towards eventually attaining manned spaceflight. Following improvements from lessons learned with the previous launches, Shenzhou-3 went into orbit in March 2002 and this time a test dummy was carried. A further launch with a test dummy, plus several onboard scientific experiments, was undertaken with Shenzhou-5 in December 2002. On 15 October 2003 Shenzhou-6 became the first Chinese built and manned spacecraft to be launched into orbit. The craft was crewed by Yang Liwei who travelled 14 earth orbits before returning safely. This was final recognition that China had achieved the status of being only the third country to succeed in their own manned space flight programme, following the USSR and USA. A second manned flight followed in October 2005 with a two-manned Shenzhou-6 craft during a five day mission with Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng as crew. China continued in their advances in technology and aeronautical capability by building and launching a 3 man craft, Shenzhou-7. As with the other launches, this craft was carried atop a Long March 2F rocket and the crew consisted of Zhai Zhiguang as commander with crewmembers Liu Buoming and Jing Haipeng. Although this mission only lasted 3 days it was deemed very successful in that it achieved the first space walk (EVA), undertaken by Chinese astronauts. The stage was now set for China to enter into the realms of building space stations, conducting experiments in space and looking beyond low-earth orbits in their quest for space travel. Two craft were to be built next; one would be a space station and the other a craft to dock and undock with it. The space station was titled Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) and the craft would be Shenzhou-8. The first space station, Tiangong-1 was launched 29 September 2011 and was placed into earth orbit in readiness to be docked with a spacecraft. Shenzhou-8 followed on 31 October and was an unmanned craft, the purpose of which was to test the abilility to automatically dock and undocking of a spacecraft with the space station. The tests went without a hitch and meant that the first manned mission to the space station was able to take place the following year with Shenzhou-9. Of special note for this mission was the first female Chinese crewmember Liu Yang. To bring the Chinese Space Programme up to date, June of this year (2013) has seen the launch and rendezvous at Tiangong-1 by Shenzhou-10. The crew, consisting of commander Nie Haisheng, with Shang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping, are the last astronauts to dock with Tiangong-1 as the space station has accomplished its mission and will now go into orbital decay and eventually make a destructive re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. This is not the end of China's space station programme as two more space stations are being designed and constructed, with developments advancements learned from Tiangong-1, these will be named Tiangong-2 and Tiangong-3 respectively. They are due to be launched in 2015. Other Information from China is that they also have plans to start projects involving missions to the moon as from 2017 but such timescales currently look to be somewhat ambitious. The kits There are two complete kits in the box, one the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft and the other is the Tiangong-1 space station. The Shenzhou-8 kit is representative of the last development version of the Shenzhou spacecraft and has therefore become the standard design for future Shenzhou craft. This means that the kit can be built as version 8 or, with a few modifications, modelled as the 9 or latest 10 version. The box containing the kits is quite large, which would be expected for two 1:48 models, however there is no spare room within. There are 5 main sprues; two each for the Space Station and Spacecraft and one for the stand. There is also a small sprue containing connecting tubes for the solar panels. All the sprues are produced in a nice, sturdy, light-grey plastic and this review model does not show any signs of flash or warping. Some of the connecting pins/sections to the sprue frame are rather thick and, in some places, are thicker than the component attached to them. This means there is a possibility that a clean cut to separate these components may be difficult and require some filing and shaping to get a clean edge. Tiangong-1 Sprue A contains the larger parts of this space station, consisting of two fuselage halves and the solar panels. The surface detail is fair, with wiring and panel sections marked out in raised relief. It must be difficult to get full representation for this model as there isn't that much detail available of the actual vessels. Some of the reasons are that the craft are covered and enclosed on take-off plus, unlike the International Space Station and the Shuttles, there have not been any 'fly-bys' to get photographic details. Most of the images to be found available are mainly cgi drawing and generalised interpretations. The good new is that there are plenty of images available of the inside of the space station which means that this model can be extensively detailed inside if one wishes to do that. The second sprue has the front end plate (docking section); tail end (small rockets) and various booster units and communication antennas. These pieces have some very nice detail on them including the docking approach/guidance panel and capture ring. Shenzhou-8 The first sprue for the Shenzhou spacecraft, marked sprue C for this spacecraft, contains the Orbital Module; Service Module, with its solar panels, and a variety of thruster, booster, camera and antenna units for this spacecraft. The solar panels are modelled in the extended mode and have detailed representations of the small sensor cells on one side and the cabling and connectors on the other side. The panels can be assembled with the ability to be positioned at various angles, as the real thing would be aimed at sunlight, with the use of a connecting piece which runs through the fuselage; a somewhat similar process as connecting a prop spinner of an aircraft kit through fuselage to a retaining ring inside. The last sprue containing spacecraft parts has the Re-entry Module components; docking connector unit, base for the Service Module and its thrusters, plus hatch covers and other antenna pieces. Although the kit parts are sparse internally, it is such a large kit that there is plenty of scope to detail these with a bit of scratchbuilding and looking up images and schematics on the web. This kit comes with a rectangular base and two pedestals to hold the completed model, each craft has a hole for the tops of the pedestals to be set into. The base is a sturdy piece of plastic, as it needs to be for a model of this size and weight. An interesting aspect for this base is that one of the plinths fits into a movable slider and this allows for the plinths to be positioned for best balance when seating the model on the base. There is a small cutout in the centre of the base which holds a very nice nameplate in raised Chinese script. One final sprue contains pieces to make the tubes which are used to interconnect the left and right solar panel arrays, through the fuselage, for both the Service Module and the Space Station. This should allow the solar panels to be positioned at different attitudes rather than just flat out. Decals Three small decal sheets accompany the kit; two for the space station and one for the re-entry module of the spacecraft. Instructions and Colour Details The instruction and colour details are contained in an eight page booklet, with the introductory text in both chinese and english. It has the break down of parts and their assembly laid out in the illustrative method, which means the build process can be recognised internationally without the need to have elements of text translated into many languages. It also has some colourful details to help with markings and colours etc. Conclusion I mentioned before that this is a large kit and it really does look as if it is going to be of sturdy construction when it is completed. The model depicts the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft but, as that craft was the final major design for this, any of the subsequent craft (currently Shenzhou-9 and 10) could be built as they have all docked with the space station Tiangong-1. There is plenty of scope to add plenty of additonal detail internally, if you have that interest to research for the relevant information and images. IPMS members will be fortunate in that they will have received this months subscription magazine which contains an excellent build review of this kit by Keith McNeil. Finally, while checking the web for prices of this kit, I was pleasantly surprised at the retail price for such a large kit which should keep the space enthusiast happy for quite a while. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Buy it Now Kindly mention Britmodeller.com to the supplier when making enquiries or orders
  3. This is the 'late' boxing of the Great Wall Hobbys kit. One of my branch members and I had had a lockdown build of the T-33 he used the Academy kit with loads of resin and I used the GWH kit with just some metal seat belts. We did it via WhatsApp and took a fair number of photos. Both are now finished but I haven't his permission to show you his lovely Navy trainer. 20200507_194313[1] The cockpit is a little too wide at the front and unless shaved down it can distort the nose leading to fit issues with the nose cap. I also had problems with the fit of the wing to fuselage which i haven't had before ( have already built two of them) 20200507_194346[1] I used the kit decals which were great to work with and allowed me to make an aircraft of the 49th FIS, USAF to go with my Monogram F-106 of the same unit. One day I'll be able to display them at a show I hope. 20200507_194334[1] 20200507_194323[1] Thanks for looking
  4. Evening all, After having made few visits to RAF Lakenheath over the past couple of years it was inevitable that I'd end up feeling the need to add a couple of Eagle's to the collection! Only things still to add are a couple of AMRAAM's, and I realised I've missed the nav lights, anyway here's my first effort at an Eagle - Kit: 1/72 Great Wall Hobby F-15C MSIP II Decals: Kit decals and Caracal Models CD72074 - F-15C/D Lakenheath Eagles Paint: Tamiya, Vallejo and Vallejo metallic's Weathering: Windsor and Newton oil's, Daler-Rowney pastels Extra's: Tamiya tape seat belts I chose this option from the Caracal decal sheet as I caught a couple of photo's this very jet departing Lakenheath last August (see last 2 pics!). The jet still sports 2 kill markings below the cockpit for a pair of Su-25's downed on 6th January 1991. Thanks for looking, all comments and criticism gratefully received, Eng
  5. After its MiG-29 (9-12 late type) (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234925828-new-mig-29-fulcrum-148-from-great-wall-hobby/?hl=fulcrum) - ref.L4811 - and MiG-29 (9-13) (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234933095-148th-mig-29-913-fulcrum-c-by-great-wall-hobby-released/?hl=fulcrum) - ref.L4813 - in 1/48th, Great Wall Hobby is to release in November 2013 the first generation of this famous Russian fighter: the MiG-29 (9-12 early type) "Fulcrum-A" - ref. L4814. Source: http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=15255 V.P.
  6. #25/2019 After P-47, F-84, F-86 and F-4, this is my father´s newest addition to our IIAF collection. He used the GWH kit, which is mostly very nice, together with the freshly released decal sheet from Hi-Decal. Painted with Gunze Orange with a touch of red and AK Real Color Aluminium. Seatbelts are from Eduard. Added a pylon for the TT system from an abandoned Hobby Boss F-80 project. Sadly there is no aftermarket stuff for the Ford/Powell LD-4R TT, should there ever be one we will most probably retrofit the model with it. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235059720-persian-thunder148-lockheed-t-33a-shooting-star-target-tug-imperial-iranian-airforce/ Between 1956 and 1965 the IIAF received a bunch of T-33 and RT-33. In the early 60ies, four T-33 and two RT-33 were converted to TT in Italy. When the IIAF introduced the F-5 with their supersonic aerial darts, the TT equipment was removed again from the (R)T-33s. Several IIAF T-33 were inherited by the IRIAF in 1979. One of them was recently displayed as a "drone".. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0022 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  7. Having built four IIAF subjects in 2017, my dad now continues the theme by building a colourful T-33 TT with the GWH kit and the recently released Hi-Decal sheet. DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr Gonna use the kit seats, only add Eduard seatbelts. DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  8. I've got the GWH F-15I Ra'am kit in the stash and I've been wondering are the cockpit parts and canopy exactly the same as their F-15E kit? thanks Mike
  9. Hi. I've got it !!!! 001 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr And my local dealer managed to supply me with one of the 2999 of the first press. So I got the bonus tinted canopy sprue. 002 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr This is what the box contains. 003 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 004 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 007 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 008 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 009 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 010 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 011 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 012 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 013 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 014 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 015 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr 016 by Bosse Persson, on Flickr This is what I'll entertain myself with for the coming months. And with the Icehockey World Championship on the TV tonight, I'll start at once with some primer on a large number of parts. I'll use AKAN's acrylics on this aircraft, brushpainted as always. To be continued..... /Bosse
  10. Hello all; I present here my recently completed GWH P-61. The short version is that I really enjoyed this one and think it came out quite well. The only missing is the drop tanks; inexplicably they are missing from the kit (or at least missing from mine) and one day I'll add some. All comments welcome! The long version of the story, with more pics, can be found on my website, making-history.ca Cheers; Mark.
  11. Handley Page Victor B.2 1:144 Great Wall Hobbies Although I don't usually build bombers, I've always liked the 3 V-Bombers but their sheer size meant that I was never likely to build the trio in 1:72 scale. Along came the GWH 1:144 Vulcan kit, followed by their Victor, and now Mikro Mir's Valiant. Suddenly a 1:144 fleet seemed like a good idea, so I have bought all 3, and this is the first one to be completed. How could you resist this boxart! It is a really beautiful kit, the fit is faultless and the detailing superb. I'm no expert on V-Bombers, but it looks pretty good to me. I did read these forums and picked up the valuable tip that the undersides were not grey as stated in the instructions, but white. Apparently they went from overall white to camo on top, leaving the undersides as they were. Thanks guys, and it shows the usefulness of this forum. She is build straight from the box, the only adjustment being a bit of fine wire to replace the 'towel rail' aerial on top. Here she is, Victor B.2, 139 Sqn 1962. I hope you like her; The next 2 pictures are about twice actual size The model is actually quite small. Standard Tamiya paint jar for scale; And the real aircraft can't have been that big. Against of of my 'small' airliners, a Boeing 737, it is actually smaller, Thanks for looking, John
  12. Seen at the 55th All Japan Model Hobby Show 2015, (Pit Road stand?) a new variant from the Great Wall Hobby 1/48th Eagle kit, the McDonnell Douglas F-15I "Ra'am" - ref. L4816. Topic here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234989178-55th-all-japan-model-hobby-show/ And behind in the picture... Some T-33 T-Bird/Shooting Star CADs. Next 1/48th GWH kit or family of kits? To be followed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1206169876076618.1073741833.275708712456077&type=3 V.P.
  13. Hi comrades! Here is another one of my past works It's GWH Devastator - fantastic kit built OOB with some modifications and Eduard brass, National insignia painted. Most critical areas to update in the kit - wheel wells and main undercarriage legs (must be shortened). Thanks for looking!
  14. Hi! Here is my Fw-189 built in 1/48 from GWH kit with Authentic decals, Eduard etch, Quickboost props. The kit is fantastic! Some scratch build in interior, Eduard etch intended for A-1 modification, so ammo boxes were sourced from Ju-88's brass. Thanks for looking!
  15. Due to a streaming cold, I've had a bit of modelling time I didn't expect so I made faster progress on the excellent GWH T33a I picked up at Southwell show. Pretty much out of the box just some aftermarket seatbelts. I used a series of Gunze Sanyo metallic paints for the first time but the flash has washed them out. I finished her as a machine of the 9th FBS based at Komaki AFB, Japan in 1955, using an option on Caracal sheet CD48123, which perform magnificently as always. I found a picture of the aircraft online and was surprised to see a lack of the visible stencilling I associate with USAF aircraft of this era. Thanks for looking.
  16. Sukhoi Su-35S Update Sets (for Great Wall Hobby) 1:48 Eduard There has been a lot of buzz on the forum on this new issue from GWH, especially as one of our own members was providing technical information to the designers. Eduard's new range of 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. Update Set (49906) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; ejection seat details and HUD (with acetate glass) are supplied for the cockpit, a new afterburner ring; pylon attachment skins; gear bay door skins; auxiliary intake door meshes on the intakes and various antennae around the airframe. Zoom! Set (FE906) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE907) 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 a set of crew belts and back cushion, 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 (EX599) 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 couple of small circular masks for part E1. Masks Tface (EX600) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with everything above, but also give you 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
  17. #40/2015 It is done! My dad managed to finish number 40 for this year which is also really the last. Besides the USAAF also the USN tested experimental camos on their aircraft. The US artist McClelland Barclay designed 8 schemes which were applied to two Buffalos, two BT-1s, two Vindicators and two Devastators. In September 1940 scheme #8 was painted on the following VT-3 bird. Colors aren´t 100 percent sure but it was a very dark blue, a brighter blue for the two vertical half-bows on the rudder, a grey and finally white for the underside. My dad used a selfmix for the dark blue, further Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue, Gunze H334 Barley Grey. GWH kit built oob, the camo was done with Uschi van der Rosten masks. kit generations.......Monogram together with Great Wall Hobby
  18. Built in 2013, after the Stuka here´s another German aircraft in Bulgarian use. It is the GWH kit with Authentic decals, painted once again with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics. The model shows an a/c that flew with the Bulgarian 331 Air Squadron in July 1944. Older pics, done with my previous Nikon P50.
  19. #10/2017 Took a bit longer to complete due to several (selfinflicted) problems. Mounted the nozzles inverted but could fix it. Then followed the camoplan in the Caracal instructions but that was wrong and reshaped the camo. When my dad started with the decals we realized that GWH accidentally packed a 9-13 upper fuselage part in the kit box instead of a 9-12 one. Luckily Myanmar has also a bunch of SE MiG-29 beside the A models, so once again camo reshaping. Used RAF style codes from Fantasy Printshop as new numbers. And for the finish my dad broke the canopy and had to use a new one from another kit. The light and dark grey-blues are selfmixes, the middle blue is Gunze H25 Sky Blue (The dark grey-blue should be a bit brighter and the radome grey a bit darker but my dad had enough of re-painting ). Stencils from the kit, national markings from Caracal Models. Brake lines added with plastic rods and lead wire. Build thread here
  20. This Great Wall Hobby's new kit in 1:48, built pretty close to OOB, but for some scratch-building in the cockpit area. It's a great kit with some funny build sequences, but don't let those frighten you off The full build can be found here if you're interested Review sample courtesy of
  21. Hello all, My first entry for this GB will be a 1/48 GWH example in the markings of the Hungarian Air Force in the NATO scheme seen throughout the first decade of the 21st century: http://data.primeportal.net/hangar/luc_colin/mig-29/MiG-29 HuAF 002.JPG Kit: I'm using the 'early' boxing but has all the parts needed to make the jet i'm after. Extras: Quickboost K-36 ejection seat, FOD covers and HAD models decals. Not sure if i'll use the exhaust covers. I'm also considering getting a set of B-8 rocket pods as I'm pretty sure I saw a picture of a Hungarian jet carrying a pair of these, though I could be wrong. Not sure if these were used solely for A2A. Dave
  22. Hi all, Well, here's (almost) the first duplicate entry into the Group Build - but Muzz has the decals for Red 40 (low-viz crest) whilst I've opted for Red 56 (Red / White crest) to be done as it was at RIAT 2015. To be made from the GWH Early boxing (which also contains the Late parts) plus some extras. First the box lid and the sprues and finally the goodies Eduard zoom cockpit set Caracal decals (now out of stock) Model Master turned brass static wicks Some Eduard Brassin pylons - much more detail than kit and aircraft was displayed with two empty pylons per wing A few resin bits left over from an earlier Eduard / Academy build Attack Squadron Polish detail set (resin aerials, cockpit extras and photoetch) This is going to be a busy time with From Russia and Made in Britain already ongoing, not to mention F-15 starting before this one finishes but hopefully I will get this finished by the deadline. Regards Mike
  23. (Admin, please remove if posting videos isnt allowed) The Kit The aftermarket Legend Productions ACES II F-15 seats DXM decals Olfa circular cutter + lots of masking sheet /tape (the silly amount of masking required which will become apparent latter in the build) Hasegawa hologram (for the HUD) Hasegawa JASDF weapon set (for the AAM-3) Hasegawa weapon set B (for the ALQ-131) The Plane http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/493488/92-8068-japan-air-self-defence-force-mitsubishi-f-15dj/ WIP pics soon to follow. Cheers Shane
  24. Hello all, Here is my recently finished 1/48 Great Wall Hobby Mig-29, in the markings of the Hungarian Air Force in 2009. The build thread is here Extras used included Quickboost seat & FOD covers along with HAD decals. With my Slovakian Mig-29AS: Comments welcome, thanks for looking. Dave
  25. Mig-29SMT 1:48 Great Wall Hobby The Mig-29M is an improved Mig-29, and has all the improvements over the original aircraft that you would expect in the shape of reduced weight, more powerful engines, increased fuel load and more modern avionics. It also has new radar, a HOTAS control system and other such modern bells and whistles that are en vogue in the 21st century jet fighter. Why do you need to know? Well, the SMT is a retro-fit package that upgrades existing Mig-29s to a similar standard to the M, and includes a pronounced humped dorsal spine containing additional fuel that gives it a range of 1,300 miles on internal fuel alone. Incorporated in the package are seven hardpoints that can carry a variety of weapons that the M can also carry, with the possibility for future upgrades for weapons developed by foreign companies, which must be firmly aimed at their export market. The Kit GWH pleased a great many modellers when they announced their new Mig-29 kit, and they are slowly bringing out variants as time goes by, with this their latest offering showing marked differences from the other releases, which will broaden its appeal. The kit arrives in an end-opening box (I know! The trauma!), but inside is a tray in which all the parts are held, so fret not. You might initially think that there is a white card lid inside, but that is a separate box for the large fuselage/wings part to protect it against damage. Below that is a plastic carton with six rather cleverly slide-moulded weapons in, and under that are the traditional sprues, of which there are fourteen of various sizes, all in a mid-grey styrene. The clear sprue is both separately bagged and protected by a clear sheet that is mildly sticky, which prevents any damage occurring before it is removed by the modeller, or in this case the reviewer to take the photos. A sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass parts are bundled in the same bag as the decal sheets, of which there are two, both having thick yellow paper to protect the delicate decal surface. The instruction booklet is printed in black and white on matt stock, while the painting and decaling guide is on both sides of glossy A3 paper, folded in half to fit the box. As always with GWH you get a sense of a quality product even before you have started looking at the individual sprues. The instruction booklet cites Alexander Dramnikov and Yufei Mao as being involved with the project, which is good to see. The cockpit is first to be built, and it is well-appointed with a detailed ejection seat that has PE seatbelts and leg-guides, a floor panel and stick, to which the side panels are added after they are detailed with side console inserts. The main instrument panel is a single part with raised detail moulded-in, to which you add a sizeable quantity of decals once it is painted. There are 15 in all, with optional on and off decals for each of the two main MFD screens, which is clever. It is attached to the underside of the upper fuselage later in the build after preparation of the major parts. A two part circuit-breaker box is attached to the turtle-deck behind the pilot, plus a piece of PE to add more detail. The gear bays of the SMT are all built up from separate panels to ensure that there is plenty of detail, while the main bays have ribbing on the upper areas for additional strength. Drill out the hard-points if you are planning on loading weapons later, build up the twin tails, which have separate rudders and PE slime-lights, and then you're almost ready to close up the fuselage. The flying surfaces are all separate, and are trapped between the fuselage halves to remain free, but the slats on the leading edges simply fit into a curved slot at the front of the wing, so check that you have them at the correct angle on both sides before the glue goes off, or you'll be very sad when you notice they aren't. The fins are added to the top deck by drilling out the flashed-over holes from inside, which is another task you don't want to forget. Similarly, you also need to drill out the holes for the chaff and flare dispensers that sit forward of the fins. The kit includes a pair of very nicely detailed Klimov RD-33 ser.3 engines, which are placed within the engine nacelles before the outer skins and intake ramps are added. There is also a trestle stand included for one engine in case you wanted to display it outside the aircraft. The detail is that nice out of the box, that it would be a shame to hide them away. The intake ramps were re-designed for the SMT, and they are provided here in two halves each, to which you add the integral FOD guards in styrene for closed, and PE for open/stowed. The upper section of the trunking is moulded into the lower fuselage, so to avoid seam-filling, it's probably easier to put the FOD guards down as they would appear when on the ground under normal circumstances. Some small parts, aerials and blade antennae are added to the underside and around the nose, as well as a pitot probe on the end of the separate nose cone. No mention is made of nose-weight, but you'd be well-advised to place a good quantity in there to be on the safe side. The canopy can be shown open or closed by the addition of a jack on the rear deck, which props up the separate canopy, while the windscreen goes on over the PE HUD for which a small slip of acetate film is included, with the outline printed on for your ease. With the airframe substantially complete, the landing gear is built up, with detailed legs, single-part tyres, and separate hubs, which cuts down on any seam filling. Bay doors are all well-detailed, and if you like your in-flight models you'll be pleased to know that they fit in the open or closed positions. The airbrake on the Mig-29 is a weird-looking hybrid of umbrella/clamshell, and sits between the exhausts. The brakes project up and down around a central strut, which is well-depicted, and can be posed open or closed by the omission of a few parts. As a final thought, a crew access-ladder has been included on one of the sprues, which is another nice addition. Weapons & external tanks are supplied along with a collection of engraved pylons and adaptor rails, with the following supplied in the box: 2 x PTB-1150 fuel tank 4 x R-73 AA missile 2 x R-77 AA missile The missiles are slide-moulded for detail, and are protected by a vacformed plastic carton, which takes up quite a bit of space in the box. The detail is really good though, and is further enhanced by PE fore-fins on the R-73s, and the waffle-textured steering vanes on the R-77s. A full set of stencils and painting instructions are supplied for both the missiles and their pylons. Markings There are two schemes included on the decals in the box, but both wear the same modern grey/light blue/darker blue splinter scheme with grey undersides that I associate with the T-50 Pak-fa, with little to tell them apart other than their aircraft numbers on the intake sides. The boxtop subject has a slogan and its tail-code on the tail (duh!), and it is interesting to note that it looks like the boxart was commissioned and printed before the correct serial codes were decided upon, as if you look closely at the box, there is an ingeniously disguised sticker with the correct serial placed over the wrong one. If you sneak a peek at the smaller images, they still read incorrectly RF-92235, rather than RF-92935. From the box you can build one of the following: Red 23 14th Leningrad's Guards Fighter Air Regiment, RusAF Airfield Khalino, Kursk region, 2010. Red 08 14th Leningrad's Guards Fighter Air Regiment, RusAF Airfield Khalino, Kursk region, 2009. The decals are well-printed in China, with very fine stencils being the order of the day. Registration, colour density and sharpness are good, and the satin carrier film is cropped close to the edge of the printed areas where practical. The Completed Model Conclusion This is a thoroughly modern tooling of the SMT, and is a welcome addition to the GWH line-up especially as it has that distinctive spine. Add the PE and clever moulding techniques used, and you have a well-rounded package that should appeal to anyone with an interest in Soviet fast jets. I would have preferred some variation in the colour schemes and squadron subject, but the scheme supplied is at least eye-catching to make up for it. Highly recommended. Available from all good model shops online and on the high street. Review sample courtesy of
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