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  1. In the Oscar's eve I'll start with DiCaprio's sentence from the movie Inception: COBB: What's the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? ARTHUR: What Mr. Cobb is trying to say- COBB: An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea's taken hold in the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. A person can cover it up, ignore it- but it stays there. SAITO: But surely-to forget...? COBB: Information, yes. But an idea? Fully formed, understood? That sticks... In there, somewhere. I'm not sure who implanted this into my head almost two months ago, but this is it: http://russianplanes.net/id128629 While searching for a possibility to recreate this photo in scale, I concluded it could be possible by combining 1/50 scale diecast truck & trailer with new MiG-31 kit from AMK in 1/48 scale. This is a long shot and I came to the point when I need to seek for wider audience. Especially for modelers familiar working with diecast kits and civil trucks. Being an aerospace guy, forgive me my lack of proper English words and truck terminology, since English is not my native language. I'll split this project in several phases and I will probably move it around this forum as I finish each stage: 1. Truck & Trailer Following link has several more photos of Tovarish's Volvo. http://forums.airforce.ru/foto-video/2911-mig-31-a-21/#post72998 This will be my first truck ever on the bench. I had no clue about trucks or truck kits before the start. The sum of my research says it's Volvo FH tractor unit, 2nd generation, 4x2 chassis. Some photos show it with white front bumper, while other have it black. Probably it's one the same Volvo, but while white bumper was original part, black is replacement (spare part), which was not painted in cabin color, rather preserved as "factory fresh". This could also be the reason why "black" Volvo has front registration plate moved upwards, from front bumper to lower air inlet. The trailer looks like what we call "jumbo" trailer (local name in my country), with 3 axles, each with two doubled wheels on the axle, with air suspension. This seems not to be heavy haulage trailer or low loader trailer. Website written on the trailer is not active anymore. In the following posts I will show my current WIP status with the tractor and trailer. 2. The MiG This is MiG-31 izd. 01 (the very first production batch), factory number 69700135904, named after Nikolay Bokiy, Hero of Soviet Union. He was WWII ace pilot. The wreckage is shown in "transport mode" : without wings, tailplane, vertical tail, nose, with engines and wheel struts removed... At first I thought this fuselage was probably on the way to 514th ARZ, placed in Rzhev, Russia, where it was overhauled and upgraded to BSM variant. But since this is very old machine, it was probably cut into pieces. For now, I'm waiting for B/BS kit, with current launch date being April, 1st (?!) on Sincere Hobby website, and accompanying Begemot decals, which were also announced to be released after the MiG kit. 3. Scenery Snow, snow and a little bit more of snow... That is ... Snow on the road, truck and the MiG... With weathered truck & trailer (mud) and heavy weathered MiG. Probably I will need to add 2-3 figures to call it diorama. I have around 100 WIP pics to be uploaded, so stay tuned for more stuff in the upcoming evenings.
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