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  1. Braving the lockdown, my postman Martin has just delivered this new kit from Mikro-Mir Having already built a model of the USS Parche.......... I was going to pass on this new kit - until I realised it represents the pre-stretch early version........ As the boxart shows - the sail is different, she carries a DSRV (as a cover for her covert ops) - and the hull is 100ft shorter..... The shorter hull is is two halves - split horizontally... The only other sprue carries the sail, diving chamber, DSRV and other small parts... The assembly instructions and painting guide is printed on thin A4 paper folded in half... Completing the kit is an etched fret containing the single propeller and DSRV mounting struts plus a small, well printed decal sheet. Another very welcome kit from Mikro-Mir's expanding range of 1/350 scale subs. Nice one MM..... Ken
  2. Blackburn Beverley Mikro-Mir 1/144 Despite it's ungainly looks, the Beverley was considered to be a useful workhorse in its day. It's service life was relatively short, from 1957 to 1967. I always remember the one that stood outside the RAF museum at Hendon before it was unfortunately scrapped. Having recently completed the S&M models 1/144 scale Hercules in the same desert scheme, I was tempted to pull this kit out of the stash and build it to pair up with the Herk. It is a very nice kit, fit was very good apart from the underwing nacelle parts that required a little filler, but that was standard modelling fare and not difficult. The props and spinners didn't want to go together until I sliced off the 'wedges' on the spinner backplates that were meant to fill in the gap behind the blades. I also drilled the backs of the spinners and fitted brass wire shafts to fit them to the engines. Looking at other builds on the internet I thought that many finished models had a very 'stilty' sit, as if the main gear legs had been moulded in the extended 'in flight' position, so I shortened mine to make the whole aircraft 'sit' better. I also drilled out all windows and filled them with kristal kleer. I used the 'Shelf Oddity' decal set to replace some kit decals. It corrects errors such as the large 'S' being in light grey rather than white, has 'non-handed' scorpion decals for the nose, and corrects the spelling of 'Midle East' to 'Middle East' on the tailboom lettering. And finally, it makes an interesting comparison with it's replacement, the Hercules C.130k For anyone contemplating building this kit, this is what I did to the main legs. Shortened (left) original kit part (right). I cut a 2mm slice out of the lower oleo section where the scissor link is. Thanks for looking John
  3. Just finished - the 1/350 scale model of USS Parche (Early)........ from Mikro-Mir... In order to disguise her true role as a 'Spec Ops' boat she was fitted with a 'pretend' trials DSRV.... She had retractable skegs to allow her to sit on the seabed.... My attempt at reproducing the image above - using photos of my models....... Mikro-Mir USS Sturgeon (pretending to be USS Parche as first launched), USS Parche (Early) as kitted by Mikro-Mir and my (incorrect) conversion to Parche's last configuration with the hull extended by 100ft..... Not the easiest of kits - but a welcome new model from Mikro-Mir Ken PS - WIP is here:- https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235071627-uss-parche-early-from-mikro-mir-1350/
  4. Rhapsody in Orange... OR...... "Gentlemen, I give you Orange October"....... Mikro-Mir USS Albacore - modified to an earlier configuration with + shaped rear dive planes and 'standard' propeller... She is painted in an orange primer coat before the application of topside black - as seen here......... Ken
  5. Another new addition to the slipway - the Mikro-Mir injection-moulded kit of the experimental submarine USS Albacore... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Albacore_(AGSS-569) Box art.... Instructions..... The hull is split horizontally - with excellent engraved detail..... A second sprue contains the conning tower and dive planes etc... The package is finished off with a small decal sheet, etched brass propellers and a clear 'windscreen'.... This is another very welcome kit from Mikro-Mir's growing range of 1/350 scale subs. Having already built the Blue Ridge resin kit of the Albacore :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_350_scale.html#USS_Albacore_AGSS-569 I may try and 'convert' the Mikro-Mir kit into an earlier configuration with vertical rudders and horizontal dive planes - as shown in the first drawing here.... Ken
  6. Another new arrival on the slips - the 1/350 scale injection-moulded kit of USS Growler from Mikro-Mir...... Box art... History and paint guide...... Instructions for the hull....... Regulus I Missile and conning tower..... Final assembly.... Vertically split hull - with excellent engraved detail..... Conning tower, decking and one half of the missile..... Minor parts, missile half, decals and etched-brass..... I already have her sister-boat (USS Grayback) in my collection....... So this new kit from MikroMir should make for an interesting comparison.... Ken
  7. USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) and USS Kamehameha (SSN-642) Mikro Mir 1:350 The Benjamin Franklin-class submarine was a group of US ballistic missile submarines that were in Navy service from the 1960s–2000s. The class was an evolutionary development from the earlier Lafayette-class of fleet ballistic missile submarine. Having quieter machinery and other improvements, they are considered a separate class. The Benjamin Franklin class, together with the George Washington, Ethan Allen, Lafayette, and James Madison classes, comprise the "41 for Freedom" that were the Navy's main contribution to the nuclear deterrent force through the late 1980s. The Benjamin Franklin’s were built with the Polaris A-3 ballistic missile, and in the early 1970s were converted to carry the Poseidon C-3 missile. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, six boats were further modified to carry the Trident I (C-4) missile, along with six James Madison-class boats. These were Benjamin Franklin, Simon Bolivar, George Bancroft, Henry L. Stimson, Francis Scott Key, and Mariano G. Vallejo. This class can be distinguished by the fairwater planes' location halfway up the sail; the Lafayettes and James Madisons had the fairwater planes in the upper front portion of the sail. Two of these submarines [Kamehameha and James K Polk] were later converted to SEAL-mission capable attack submarines. In March of 1994 USS JAMES K. POLK (SSN 645) completed a 19-month conversion from ballistic missile submarine to attack/special warfare submarine at Newport News Shipbuilding. The January 1999 inactivation of the POLK leaves the KAMEHAMEHA (SSN 642) as the Navy's only former ballistic missile submarine equipped with Dry Deck Shelters (DDSs). In the early 1990s, to make room for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines within the limits set by the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty, the ballistic missile tubes of Kamehameha and James K. Polk were disabled. Those boats were redesignated special operations attack submarines and given attack submarine (SSN) hull classification symbols. They were equipped with dry deck shelters to accommodate SEAL Delivery Vehicles or other equipment. The Benjamin Franklins were decommissioned between 1992 and 2002 due to a combination of SALT II treaty limitations as the Ohio class SSBNs entered service, age, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. USS Kamehameha was decommissioned on 2 April 2002, the last ship of the Benjamin Franklin class to be decommissioned. The Model Both of these kits have been out for a little while now and since they are basically the same hull I thought I’d review them together. They are both in the familiar coloured top opening box with a picture of each boat at sea, inside of which the kit parts are safely held in a poly bag. Considering the size of the completed models, there are very few parts, making them great kits to start with if you thinking of making a selection of submarine models. The grey styrene is not as soft as some short run kits I’ve come across and the moulded details, such as the silo doors, are very nicely moulded with only a little flash, but no other signs of imperfections. The two hull halves are cut vertically rather than the standard horizontal seen in most other kits and are both full hull options only unless you wish to carry out major surgery. The two halves are glued together and the join line filled and sanded as necessary. The single piece silo section is then glued to the upper hull, followed by the six part sail assembly, consisting of two sail halves, dive planes, sail top and internal floor, being attached to the forward end of the silo section. The sail is provided with three periscopes which are fitted to the top of the sail. The instructions call for a clear part to be fitted to the front upper section of the sail, but neither of the review samples had this part, so check carefully before purchasing. The upper and lower rudders and the aft dive planes are then attached to the rear of the hull, followed by the etched propeller. With the boss in place, the blades must be twisted carefully to shape, which is shown in the instructions, but you might get better results by finding a photograph of them on the internet or your library. The only difference between the two kits is that the USS Kamehameha is provided with two, three piece dry deck shelters which are glued onto the forward end of the missile silo section, just aft of the sail. Decals Both kits come with the same decal sheet that provides the names and identification numbers for the whole class, so you don’t have to make the boat named on the box art. The sheet also contains depth markings, bollard location markers and emergency escape hatch markers. Conclusion As with the other boats released in this scale, these are great looking kits and even though they’re short run, they do build into a really nice model and of a decent size too, as can be seen in the Ready For Inspection section on this very forum. Another pair of winners from MikroMir, with just the Ohios to release to complete the USN Boomer set. Review sample courtesy of
  8. Pravda Class Submarine Iskra, (Spark) Mikro Mir 1:350 The Pravda Class or P class submarines were built for the Soviet Navy in the mid-1930s. They originally served as training ships, then later served in World War II for mainly transport duties. They were intended to operate with the surface fleet but failed to meet specifications, particularly for surface speed. The initial design envisaged 130mm guns for surface action. These boats had a long building time, being laid down in 1931 and completed in 1936. They were double hull boats with 8 compartments. Their main shortcomings were underpowered machinery, a long diving time and poor sea-keeping. Weakness in hull strength had to be remedied by stiffening and weight cutting. Yakubov and Worth state that these were the least successful Soviet submarines of this era and were relegated to secondary duties on completion. The two surviving boats had their conning towers re-built to resemble the later K class. 3 boats were built by Ordzhinikidze Yard Leningrad. All served with the Baltic Fleet. P1 Pravda (Truth) - Launched 3 January 1934 - sunk off Hango, Finland, 17 September 1941 P2 Zvezda (Star) - Launched 1935 - Broken up 1956 P3 Iskra (Spark) - Launched 1934 - Broken up 1952 A fourth boat was planned but not laid down. The Model The variety of submarines that Mikro-Mir release is what makes this company so great. They don’t rely on just German or American submarines, but also the more unusual and rarer types. This is the case with this kit of the Russian Pravda class submarine Iskra, (Spark). The kit comes in the standard style cardboard box with a painting of the submarine leaving a Russian harbour. Inside, the kit is tightly packaged inside a poly bag complete with etch, decals and a simple instruction sheet. The grey styrene is quite soft, but the details are very finely done with no flash or other signs of imperfections. Construction begins with the assembly the large tower. The tower sides are glued together with the deck in between. There are six periscopes and aerials glued to the deck along with two hatches which have PE hand wheels. The aft section of the deck is fitted with a four piece gun mounting. Two more mountings housing large guns are fitted fore and aft of the tower, each mounting consisting of two halves, the gun which is fitted with a PE elevation wheel The next assembly is the hull, made up from two halves split vertically, and the separate main deck to which is fitted with two strakes adjacent to where the tower is attached. The stern planes are glued into position, as are the propeller shafts, PE propellers, with plastic boss, separate rudder, and fore planes. The tower assembly is then glued into position on the deck and detailed further with the attachment of PE handrails. The deck is fitted with two PE cranes and the four piece stand assembled to display the completed model. Decals The small decal sheet provides markings for the boats name, main and secondary identification numbers and two Russian ensigns, one straight and one fluttering. Conclusion This is another great looking submarine, even if the class wasn’t entirely successful, it’ll be something different in your collection. Long may Mikro-Mir continue releasing more great subjects. Review sample courtesy of
  9. - Owing to inclinent weather I was in the impossibility to take any daylight photo in the open but things are better for a while, this is a little Yak-18; - I'm not very happy with these pictures as the weathering on the photos lookf ar too heavy for such machine. it doesn't look so visible on the model. - You are the judges........
  10. Hi All, Looks like I've got time to do a second one for this GB. This model screamed "Buy Me" when I visited Clifton Curios near the EMA - Mostly because of the box art and the voices in my head consequently going "What is that dangling down?" Obviously the product of a very fertile mind, the LT (also referred to as the Sam-23) is a compact ground attack aircraft with an armoured cockpit, a single pusher prop and twin boom tail. The intention was to fly the thing at 20 ft or so off the ground and I guess at that altitude the pilot's workload would be quite intensive, so the idea was that a pole with a wheel on the end would be lowered down - this pole was connected to the controls so it would maintain the necessary altitude whilst you strafed Nazis. That was the plan - Quite what happened if you hit a divot, rock or other such obstruction on the ground with the wheel is anybody's guess. I'm guessing there'd be a bit of a pitch up at the very least requiring immediate correction. I think you'd qualify for "Hero of the Soviet Union" just by taking off in the thing.... Further information is a bit scarce on the internet but some details can be found Here - Page is in Russian but Google Translate is your friend. GeorgeUSA built one on here a couple of years back, so I don't need to go into the nitty gritty of the build, when there's a good example on here already so mine'll be more of an overview. Box and Contents Cockpit together Quick tape together to test fit Change of plan - I want it flying at an altitude of 20 feet - Cockpit wouldn't fit with the brave pilot in place so something had to give.... Kind regards IanJ
  11. Continuing their prolific range of 1/350 scale submarines, Mikro-Mir's kit of HMS K-15 is another example of the Royal Navy's steam-powered K-Class subs. Following on from their earlier release of HMS K-4, this new version has the raised 'Swan Bow' fitted to later boats to improve their seakeeping. The excellent box art ..... The hull is a new moulding to incorporate the Swan Bow......... ... compare this to the earlier hull at top...... The other parts sprue is also new - and has open wells for the twin funnels as well as a new bridge..... The etched brass fret has the propellers, railings and other small parts - note the cross-shaped parts to make up the funnel wells. The decal sheet provides water level markings, bridge windows and pennant numbers for HMS K-15, K-16 and K-22 (the ex-K-13)... The small A4 instruction sheet gives a potted history as well as a painting guide for all 3 variants..... The reverse shows the parts and exploded diagram style construction drawings.... This is another excellent kit from Mikro-Mir and fills yet another gap in any collection of Royal Navy submarines. More anon....... Ken
  12. Look what the postman just delivered..... the latest 1/350 scale Mikro-Mir kit of the Soviet Project 628 Submarine. This was a design study to fit a Chelomei 10XN 'Volna' (Wave) missile to a wartime K-Class sub. The 10XN was a copy by Chelomei of the German V-1 pulse-jet missile - successfully air launched from a Pe-8. The later 14XN incorporated twin pulse jets. This is a clever use by MM of their existing K-Class kit ............. .... combined with a new sprue for the revised bridge, missile hangar and launch ramp plus a tiny 10XN/V-1 missile..... The kit retains the existing etched-brass fret and decal sheet - most of which is unused in this version.... The painting instructions are very clear - although painting that red-and-white checkerboard on the 20mm long missile might prove challenging!! Another one for the collection. Ken
  13. Gentlemen...... I present to you... the USS Parche, SSN-683 - said to be the most decorated vessel in US History. Parche was a 'Special Ops' boat - using a Sturgeon class hull lengthened by 100ft to accomodate the extra crew and equipment for covert ops. The model is made using two Mikro-Mir Sturgeon hull cut and joined together to get the new length. The raised deck forward of the sail is scratched from palstic card - as is the rear sonar dome. The WIP thread is here. Another one to add to my growing collection of 1/350 scale subs - and another Special Operations boat. Ken
  14. The latest from Mikro-Mir's prolific output of 1/350 scale submarines - the Soviet Project 628 submarine. This was a post-war project designed to place a Chelomie 10XN 'Volna' (V1 copy) missile onto a wartime K-Class sub - similar to the US Navy 'Loon' on the USS Cusk.. Unlike the US Navy, the Soviet project never actually got built.... Unlike the fixed ramp on the USS Cusk, Project 628 was to feature a retractable girder ramp to launch the Volna missile... The Mikro-Mir V1 copy is tiny - but beautifully moulded.... Here's the USS Cusk for comparison..... Ken
  15. The USS Parche was a lengthened Sturgeon class boat converted for 'Special Operations' I'm using to Mikro-Mir USS Sturgeon kits, suitable chopped, to make the lengthened hull........ The front of one hull is joined to the rear of a second hull to make the new one...... ...... and strengthened on the inside with strips of plastic card........ A coat of grey primer shows that the various joins have been filled and sanded down to eliminate all traces of the surgery.... Next job is to scratch that forward decking...... Ken
  16. Look what the postman just delivered....... The latest 1/350 scale submarine kit from the ever productive Mikro-Mir ..... and it's BRITISH !! The hull is in two vertically-split halves - minus the missile decking (which aids conversion) The decking - plus sail, dive planes, masts etc are on a separate sprue..... The package is finished off with an etched brass propeller and a simple decal sheet (why are British subs so plain? - not even a pennant number) The instruction sheet is a simple exploded diagram...... .... and a simple painting guide - black, black or.......... black. This is a very welcome addition from Mikro-Mir - if sales are good, maybe we will get more British submarine types. Thanks Mikro-Mir :thumbsup: Ken
  17. The Mikro-Mir kit is supposed to be HMS M.1 - but as I already had a resin model of M.1, I decided to make HMS M.2 - before she was comverted into an aircraft-carrying sub. The only changes I made were to source the M2 decals from my spares box - white characters on top of black to get the 'shadow' effect. I also left off the deck gun - Internet photos show it not fitted.... The M-Class were nicknamed 'Mutton Boats' - because the 12in gun mounting looked like a leg of mutton. HMS M1 and M2 together...... This is another in the expanding range of 1/350 scale subs from Mikro-Mir I understand that they are planning to make HMS M2 with a hangar and floatplane - plus M3 when she was converted into a minelayer. Ken
  18. Just received the latest in Mikro-Mir's growing range of 1/30 scale submarines - HMS M.1 The M-Class were conceived and built after WWI as gun-armed Monitor submarines - fitted with a massive 12in gun. This new kit from Mikro-Mir is welll executed with injection-moulded hull and superstructure, an etched-brass fret of smaller parts and a small decal sheet with markings for HMS M.1 in two different colour schemes. The box art shows her in the earlier 1920 disruptive scheme..... The kit contents..... Instruction Sheet..... .... and colour scheme/ marking options....... As I have already built a resin M.1 in the disruptive camouflage, I will be painting this new model in her 1921 scheme.... Mikro-Mir are planning to kit all 3 of the M-Class - HMS M.2 as converted into an aircraft carrier and M.3 when she was a Minelayer. Mikro-Mir seems to be ploughing a lone furrow with their continuing release of early British submarines - more power to their elbow. Ken
  19. Another one just finished - Project 1710 'Mackrel' (Beluga Class) from Mikro-Mir..... This boat was a one-off design to test hydrodynamics, propulsors and boundary layer control techniques. Note the extreme streamlining and numerous sensors mounted on the hull... More photos of the kit here Ken
  20. Another one to add to the collection - Mikro-Mir's Project 673 design study for a small SSN.... It was never actually built - just one of a series of experiments.... Note the lack of a separate conning tower. A few more photos of the parts here Ken
  21. The latest in Mikro-Mirs growing range of 1/350 scale submarines is this 'Project 673' design. This weird-looking sub was never actually built - it was a design study for a small high-speed nuclear sub - although a lot of its features were later used in the Project 705 'Alfa' sub.... There are few parts - a hull in two halves, diving planes and masts...... The assembly diagram shows the simple build.... .... and the instruction sheet gives a potted history and colour scheme..... Finishing off the package is the decal sheet, an acetate 'windscreen' and an etched-brass fret - with five separate propeller blades I can't wait to get started. Ken
  22. Another new release from Mikro-Mir, the Pr. 1710 'Mackrel' was named 'Beluga' by NATO. It was a diesel-electric experimental vessel used for testing propulsion systems, hull forms, and boundary-layer control techniques. Only one was built - but many of the features it tested were used in later designs such as the Lira and Alfa subs. Mikro-Mir's box art..... Injection-moulded parts...... Instruction sheet and colour scheme.... Assembly diagram....... Decal sheet and etched fret...... This is another one that I will be building soon - to add to my growing collection. Ken
  23. This is the new Mikro-Mir kit of the USS Lafayette class FBM sub that I have converted to the one-off USS Daniel Webster SSBN-626. Daniel Webster had the normally sail-mounted dive planes moved to a 'mini-sail' on the upper bow to try to solve some porpoising problems. The system worked, but reduced top speed, so, during a later re-fit they were removed and restored to the sail position. The conversion simply involved making a new mini-sail from plastic card and mounting it, with the kit dive planes, onto the bow.... The new configuration completely alters the look of the boat..... ......and resulted in her being nicknamed ''Old Funny Fins'..... Close up of the home-made 'mini-sail'....... The decals for Daniel Webster are included in the Mikro-Mir kit of the USS Lafayette - so I suspect that they will be releasing a kit of this boat eventually, but I couldn't wait. In fact, the Lafayette kit includes a great set of decals with pennant numbers and markings for all the FBM's in both the Lafayette and later James Maddison classes - as well as for early and late colour schemes. I have another Lafayette kit to make as a 'normal' boat..... Ken PS - Some photos of the kit and construction here
  24. The release by Mikro-Mir of their 1/350 scale K-Class submarine kit opens up lots of conversion possibility's. The same basic hull shape is used on quite a few RN subs - albeit with longer or shorter hulls and differences in beam. One such sub is the mysterious HMS X.1 - a Cruiser Sub armed with two turrets each packing a pair of 5.2 inch Quick Fire guns. At 110m in length, she is 7m longer than HMS K4 and her beam is .09m wider - so all that is needed is to lengthen and widen the hull and scratch-build the superstructure and gun turrets - what could be simpler??? Having purchased the book I scanned and re-sized the drawings to 1/350 scale - unfortunately they are printed across the binding, hence the dartk line. I cut a piece of 3mm thick plastic card to the outline shape...... The thickness of the card takes care of the increase in beam. Now to lengthen the hull... Mikro-Mir K4 hull compared to the outline of X.1 The K4 hull had the upper casing and keel removed - and it was then chopped in half at the widest point - and strips of plastic card were used to bridge the gap to lengthen it... (this is just a test fit, the front section isn't glued in place yet).... The rear of the K4 hull was then cemented onto the X.1 outline - and the front attached in the same way...... I removed a section from the X.1 outline at the bows - because the K4 bow needs to be 'pinched in' to make a sharp prow. It's all a bit crude and I'm making it up as I go along - but I'm having fun so far. I need to add the other half of the hull (the port side) - then its out with the Milliput to fashion the bulged bows. Ken
  25. Whilst waiting for the Milliput on my X.1 conversion to set, I thought I would start the recent 1/350 scale release from Mikro-Mir, the US Navy missile boat, USS Lafayette SSBN 616..... This is a simple build - the hull is in horizontally split halves with a separate missile compartment, a 5-part sail, and diving planes...... The propeller is etched brass and decals are included for 4 different boats in different and well-researched colour schemes - John Adams, Lafayette, Von Stueben and Stonewall Jackson - the latter 2 of the identical James Madison class. With no locating pins, the hull joint is a little weak - so I added strips of plastic card .......... before glueing, filling and sanding the joint to eliminate the seam line. Once I was happy with the hull joint, the separate missile compartment was added.... The sail has an opening - with a bridge deck provided - so this was cemented in place before the two halves were cemented together and the top attached. The deck needed a bit of sanding to get it to fit.... The clear windows were added and masked. It was at this point, having done some internet research, I discovered the oddball of the class - USS Daniel Webster. This boat was fitted with the forward dive planes moved from the normal position on the sail to a mounting on the upper bow - and as I am a sucker for the unusual, I decided to make this boat. The front-mounted mini-sail was carved from laminations of plastic card..... ... and attached to the bows..... The kit supplied dive planes will be attached, once the model is painted.... Thats progress so far - it just needs painting now. I suspect that Mikro-Mir will release this as a kit at sometime in the future (the clue is in the fact that you have to drill holes in the sail for the 'conventional' versions) - but I thought I'd have a go myself. I have another kit to make the USS Lafayette later... Ken
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