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1/72 AMK L-29 Delfin

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Hi everyone,

So I decided to give this one a go which was kindly gifted to me by @chiefwiggumfrom Telford last year. That box-top Civil scheme from the Aero Club of Ukraine looked the business.


52888684294_e789d36428_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Delfin_box by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


I've never built an AMK kit before but seem to have a good reputation. I think this is scaled down from their 1/48 kit? This is a small wee jet for 1/72 but beautiful detail throughout and includes a small P/E set for the flaps.


52863803207_e4b7005474_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip_Sprues by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Going to be OOB, save for some belts from tape. Lovely quilted cockpit detail...


52863803252_53efaac047_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(1) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Some parts to be painted - you get a very nicely detailed nose bay (top and bottom) and a fan/exhaust, neither which will be visible.


52864549434_6cebb40673_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(5) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Thanks for looking, more soon!



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So moving along with this one - the kit comes with some nice P/E for the lowered flap option.


52864772215_ef2844e1d6_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(4) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


But I then decided that flaps up would be better for the box scheme - oh well! The fuselage join was very good, as were the wings - just a smidge of filler needed.


52864549414_5afe0dcf39_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


The kit calls for 15g of weight in the nose but that's optimistic - the nose bulkhead has to be fitted as that's integral for fitting the front oleo. So I shimmed bits of lead weight on either side of the cockpit, under the cockpit and in the upper nose bay.


Again, some lovely options with the kit to have the nose cone open to show off the interior but i've glued it closed so it can hide some of the lead weights. I've also sprayed the wing tips white in preparation for paint.


52864385731_1d734dc035_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(2) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Thanks for looking, take care and happy modelling.



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Primer on and the white areas have been painted, glossed and masked.


52884025555_f19314a382_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(6) by dermot.moriarty, on Flickr


Then a couple of light coats of Tamiya flat blue - everything else will be decals.


52883653611_2f53a3a3dc_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(7) by dermot.moriarty, on Flickr


And on to the decals!


52883813679_9e37dd8781_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(8) by dermot.moriarty, on Flickr




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Decal update!

I'll keep it brief - light blue wing decals; excellent.


52884096503_695d849c5a_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(10) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Every other decal in this kit: absolutely shocking. I've used 40 year old Matchbox decals that were better than these. :facepalm:


52884096483_e599ca6e7c_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip(9) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Shattered when they hit the plastic. Or tore immediately when touched by a wet paintbrush (no solvent). Or the wrong size for the kit. Etc, etc.

Since getting back into the hobby, I've never been close to binning a kit. But boy, this one really tempted me.


I'm going to struggle on and try to repair these with paint. It won't be pretty but I'll get it finished.

Mini-rant over. Happy modelling!



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So on with the repairs!

The white is Tamiya Flat White, heavily thinned and sprayed at as low a pressure I could manage - will need to fix up some overspray but generally happy how this worked out. The instructions say the scheme is "Light Silver" but the decals are definitely white so went with that.


52937687526_c76f0757da_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip12 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


The light blue was Mr Hobby H-323 lightened with drops of white until I got it close enough to the decal colour - this was for the wing leading edges and other parts where the decals faiiled.


52937687521_7f80e80937_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip11 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


A bit blurry but you get the idea.


52937840089_9bfcdfb08c_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip13 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


After tidying up the overspray and other bits and pieces, it was on to the landing gear - beautifully detailed but very fiddly with tiny attachment points. I left off a hatch (part A22) on the underside and used that to add more lead weight just to be sure - when I had enough, I closed up the hatch and thankfully, not a tail-sitter!


52937840099_05b64494ec_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Wip14 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Final bits to add and she'll be done - best viewed from across the room 😬

Thanks for looking and happy modelling.


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So last bits added and she's done!

Not my finest, please don't look too closely, those decals (and fixes) were a real hassle.


52953653131_025eb79196_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Delfin_172_done (3) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Glad I stuck with it to the end and makes for something very different from the greys and greens.


52953964825_fc2df17585_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Delfin_172_done (12) by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


52953964820_d05dfe3743_b.jpgAMK_L-29_Delfin_172_done by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr


Will post some more pics over in the RFI, thanks for looking and all your comments.
Take care and happy modelling.




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