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DaveJL

1/48 Mig-23MLD, 'White 211' Bulgarian Air Force.

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Hello all,

 

Here is my recently completed 1/48 Trumpeter Mig-23, marked as MLD 'White 211' of the 1st Air Squadron, Bulgarian Air Force in 1999. This airframe, although built later than the Soviet re-manufactured MLDs, does not incorporate some of the aerodynamic changes, such as the 'dog tooth' wing root and wing fences so the ML boxing suffices. The build thread is here

 

Extras used included Aires intakes,  Eduard Etch for the cockpit, Eduard FOD guards, Linden Hill decals, Master pitot tube and Pavla ejection seat. Paints are a mixture of Akan and Mr Paint.

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

Dave

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She's really looking great Dave!!!

 

Never thought about building a -23, but now...:thumbsup:

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I've always rather liked the MiG-23/27 family.   I have the old and poor AMT (ex-Esci?) MiG-27 in 1/48 but I doubt that it will ever see the light o' day as a finished model.   Your terrific 23 is really an great inspiration to fans of that type.😀  Thanks for posting your build of a type not often seen on model forums.  She's a great looking model! :clap2:

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fantastic build!

fantastic result!

fantastic MiG-23!

I have a soft spot that I can't explain for it...  :inlove:

 

have the two Eduard specials close to the bench.....

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Really nice job. Inspires me to build something "clean"

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Lovley 

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That's one mean looking MiG! Excellent build and finish, and she really looks good on that hexagonal pattern base.

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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Nice little MiG there, good to see a not so often built scheme.

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I like it, but IMHO would need make post-shading, so to speak revive the model. Another characteristic feature in the MLD version  - on top of the fuselage installed blocks shooting IR traps BVP-50-60, containing 60 50-mm cartridges LO-43.

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4 minutes ago, IGKent said:

I like it, but IMHO would need make post-shading, so to speak revive the model. Another characteristic feature in the MLD version  - on top of the fuselage installed blocks shooting IR traps BVP-50-60, containing 60 50-mm cartridges LO-43.

 

Thanks Igor! I wanted to keep the model relatively 'clean' as the jets appeared to be so when in service with the Bulgarian Air Force. White 211 was not fitted with the upper countermeasures blocks, as seen below.

 

White 211

 

Cheers

 

Dave

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OK, I understood Dave. In this photo they are probably was removed. Judging by the state of the cockpit canopy, this board has not flown for a long time.😀

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Nice build Igor!

 

According to the Linden Hill booklet, and an article I read online but cannot locate, the export MLDs to Bulgaria, the Type 22-23 -  were alternatively known as Mig-23MLAE-2 and did not incorporate the aerodynamic changes of the MLD airframe - the 'dog tooth' wing root and the upper countermeasures launchers being examples of these.

 

Like I say, that is just information I have read and my references have all stated that White 211 was an export MLD airframe - of course Bulgaria did fly a number of the MLDs with the upper countermeasures pods and the 'dog tooth' wing roots.

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1 hour ago, DaveJL said:

Nice build Igor!

Thanks Dave.

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1 hour ago, DaveJL said:

According to the Linden Hill booklet, and an article I read online but cannot locate, the export MLDs to Bulgaria, the Type 22-23 -  were alternatively known as Mig-23MLAE-2 and did not incorporate the aerodynamic changes of the MLD airframe - the 'dog tooth' wing root and the upper countermeasures launchers being examples of these.

 

Like I say, that is just information I have read and my references have all stated that White 211 was an export MLD airframe - of course Bulgaria did fly a number of the MLDs with the upper countermeasures pods and the 'dog tooth' wing roots.

You right Dave. Probably export version MLD differed from Soviet modification.

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Dave,

Great finish, can't go wrong with a sharks teeth grinning at you.

 

Have an old ESCI kit with tons of extras lined up in a future build. Hope that turns out half as great as yours.

 

Happy Modelling

Ron VanDerwarker

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