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"The Ghost of Kyiv" MiG-29


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I guess we will see a lot of these being posted soon, as I understand the kits are flying off the shelves.

 

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This is the ICM "Ghost of Kyiv" kit, produced by Kyiv based ICM under wartime conditions (and ICM are donating 50% of profits to the Ukrainian Armed Forces).

 

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As a build it has all the familiar hallmarks of ICM - lovely detail, but a little fragile and fiddly to assemble.  The decals are very good though.

 

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With an Italeri Polish MiG-29 Fulcrum A:

 

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David Gilmour quote removed to avoid broaching any "no political posts" rules
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The decals were very good.  Thin and stretchy, good colour density and split into logical medium sized sections that made application relatively easy.  The placement diagram is good too.

 

I used a Klear undercoat, then flooded with diluted Klear to bed them in, which allowed a little movement/adjustment after they were put in place.  They bedded down over the surface details very well but in some places I suspect they shrank and moved slightly from the positions that I had place them in .

 

One hint on the kit - don't forget the top of the nose-wheel bay - it's not mentioned on the instructions and needs to be fitted before the two fuselage halves are joined.  I missed mine, but at least it then allowed me to add some nose weight after the build ('cos I forgot that too). 

 

In terms of the weapon load, the pictures I have found suggest that the smallest of the missiles provided, the Vympel R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) is not being used by the Ukrainians and that a typical CAP carries 2 of the large R-27 (AA-10 Alamo) and 4 of the mid-sized R-73 (AA-11 Archer).  You could add a ground attack load (dumb bombs of rockets) instead, but it's not really the MiG-29's forte and that is where they have had the worst losses.

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