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1/72 Antonov An-72....finished


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Okay, so I was bitten by the bug on the Red Star Group build and decided to have a crack at a work in progress without a time-limit - gives me an excuse to build three other models at the same time without the pressure, you see.

Anyway, while I was rummaging around in the loft, Toko's 1/72 Antonov An-72p caught my eye , and as I hadn't seen many of these around, I thought it was time to come on down.......

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progress will be slow, but that will only be because of me and not the model.....

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Hey! I'm building the exact same kit!!! Good luck!

Cheers Supertom - how far down the line have you got and are there any nasties I need to look out for ?

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Cheers Supertom - how far down the line have you got and are there any nasties I need to look out for ?

Not too much - I've been painting the cockpit and trying to figure out how much detail I want to put in. Mine is the cheaper Eastern Express boxing, which I understand to be the same molding albeit cheaper and lower molding quality. I suspect this plane to be a major tail sitter so I intend to close up the tail, exclude the cabin and pack as much weight forward. Tell you what, when I get home I'll go ahead and start a build thread on mine - perhaps we can motivate each other because I think we're in for a rough ride ahead!

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Now look what you've done, you've made me dig my one out of the stash. :violin: I've got to super detail those engines, does anybody have some good references.

Hi Phil.

There is a 'Walkround' of the An 72 on ARC.

Robin.

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By the way mitchem, does the Toko kit have decal placement instructions? Oddly enough the Eastern Express kit only has assembly instructions.

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Without meaning to be overly Western centric, did the Russians merely like the look of the Boeing YC-14 and give it a bash, or is this a case of that thing when objects designed for the same purpose end up looking the same... what is it ...Convergent Design? You know, like the TU-144 and Concorde...

Nice subject though, very unusual!

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Without meaning to be overly Western centric, did the Russians merely like the look of the Boeing YC-14 and give it a bash, or is this a case of that thing when objects designed for the same purpose end up looking the same... what is it ...Convergent Design? You know, like the TU-144 and Concorde...

Nice subject though, very unusual!

I would venture that it's more of an issue of convergent design. An article on Wikipedia said they wanted a jet with STOL capability, so using jet exhaust to go over the wing gave it an extra amount of lift. It's called the Coandă effect (also on Wikipedia!)

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Shucks,

I've been so busy filling in ejector-pin marks in the cargo hold that I lost sight of my own thread !

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(From top to bottom : roof, starboard wall, floor, port wall)

Pretty pleased with the moulding and details on the kit overall, but I can't see myself going overboard with the build. (Lazy git at heart !) I bought the Red Star book on the Antonov Jet Twins as a reference and it looks as if the model is based on the prototype. (By the way, there are only a couple of pictures of the engines open - certainly not enough info if you're planning on super-detailing them imho)

The cargo cabin comes with seating down the sides, but I have no plans on dropping the tail ramp or leaving the front door open. I really doubt whether anything would be seen through the windows as a result, so I'm not sure if I'll bother cutting the parts off the sprues.

With regards to the Toko instructions, there is a decal placement plan on the back, but the decal sheet seems to have a few bits and bobs on it that don't appear on the plan ! (Let me know if you need a copy Supertom and we'll sort something out)

As far as the painting guide is concerned, it shows the port and starboard side views and half a top view and half a bottom view. (Camouflage on the starboard top side will be a guessing game as a result)

I'll be keeping an eye out for everyone's build threads ! :whistle:

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Cargo compartment painted up (Blue door down to artistic license)

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and stitched together :

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Progress is slow - building three other kits at the same time.

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I think you might have fun with the engine panels as I seem to remember they dont fit too well closed. Projects looking good so far. Ive got one in the stash too, perhaps there should be a AN 72 mini GB :)

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  • 3 years later...

....started at the end of January 2010 and ran aground shortly afterwards !

Problem started when I taped the fuselage halves together with the cargo compartment inside, only to discover a massive gap at the back of the undercarriage bay :

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Couldn't think of an easy way out of this one, so I put everything back in the box, chucked it in the loft and promised myself never to start another WIP !

Fast forward three years and now my loft is buckling under the weight of polystyrene.

After having decided to make more of an effort in finishing part-built kits, the An-72 came downstairs again.

Loads of head-scratching eventually provided a flash of inspiration ! Why not read the instructions ? Imagine my embarrassment in finding out that the kit's undercarriage doors actually cover the gap !!!

Spurred on by this discovery, I've made an effort to start work on the kit again.

Deon suggested I might have fun with the engine pods..............I wouldn't exactly call it that ! Angle grinder to the rescue with lots of cutting, sanding, filling, priming, cutting, sanding, etc. I figured if I was going to have so much fun, I might as well laugh out loud, so I fabricated a couple of engine fans from a Coke can. Completely pointless exercise and not something I'd be in a rush to do again (I'm sure the specialists will point out the wrong number of blades or something), although it has given me some experience for a big project planed for 2014.

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and a three-quarter view :

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I've started rescribing the kit and work on the cockpit is going full-steam ahead.

Without getting too optimistic, I think I can do this !

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although it has given me some experience for a big project planed for 2014.

...now you've got us intriqued...!! Prepare for the Spanish inquisition in two & a bit weeks...!!

Those fans look great, nothing like as bad as you'd have us believe! Should be finished by next meeting at this progress...!! :bleh: :D

k

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...now you've got us intriqued...!! Prepare for the Spanish inquisition in two & a bit weeks...!!

Those fans look great, nothing like as bad as you'd have us believe! Should be finished by next meeting at this progress...!! :bleh: :D

k

Seconded, on both counts!

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I also agree the fans look great and no doubt much better than the kit parts. I have an AEW version somewhere in the stash and It is more of a pig to build than this one. Fibreglass fuselage halves anyone?

Hope to see this one progress.

:popcorn:

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So.....while I've been trying to rescribe the kit (no surprise that the engine pods are causing the most problems !), I've had a go at improving the cockpit.

I'd like to think that the addition of scratch-built arm-rests, head-rests and some dials for the Navigator's panel have done the job, and in my mind, the cockpit is now officially categorised as "slightly less basic". Of course it's been a completely pointless exercise as hardly any of it's likely to be visible.

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....at least I haven't put it back in the loft !

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  • Managed to get the fuselage buttoned up this week although it took two attempts ! (Fit wasn't brilliant)
  • Glued nose cone on (Fit wasn't brilliant)
  • Glued nose undercarriage doors in (Fit wasn't brilliant)
  • Started work on extending the rudder (Fit was brilliant but the part was too short by a couple of mm)

Couldn't resist the temptation to jump the gun and see what I'm aiming for, by putting the pieces together temporarily :

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Still a long way to go but I'm closer today than I was yesterday !

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