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  1. I normally just use a light grey (gray?) - but it should really have a bluish tint - so I guess you could add a little light blue to a mix. Humbrol 65 Helblau could also be used - with a little grey added. As you can probably tell - I don't usually get too hung up over exact colour matches........ Ken
  2. When I came to fit the conning tower sub-assembly - it just wouldn't fit. I tried to push it in from the front - but the assembly diagram showed it sliding in from the top...??? But there was no way that my conning tower could go in that way..... there are bits in the way. So I scratched my head, studied the Zvezda instructions again, cursed the kit designers..... Then a few brain cells stirred into life, a couple of synapses sparked, some cogs started to move - and it dawned on me.... I had glued the top decking to the BOTTOM of the tower... .... Luckily, I was able to carefully remove the top decking and correct the problem...... It now fits - as intended. Phew... !!!! The moral of this tale - always study the 'kin instructions !!!! I'm going for a lie down now.... Stay safe. Ken
  3. Your header says Su-27 - but the text says Su-25 ??? No matter - they are both - more-or-less the same... I use Humbrol 131 on my Flankers - but I wouldn't get too hung up about it - there are so many variations on 'Russian wheelhub green'..... From this.... .... through this..... ... to this.... The choice is yours........ (more images of Flanker wheels here...scroll down the page a bit) :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/flanker fins.html Stay Safe Ken
  4. The hull is 48.6cm long. The real thing is 456ft / 139m long - the US Navy Ohio class is 500ft / 170m Ken
  5. I decided to forego the 'working' features and glued the rudders and aft diving planes in place........ I'm too old to be running round my lounge, holding the model and whooping 'Dive', 'Dive' 'Dive' - or in Russian.... 'Погружение', 'Погружение', 'Погружение'..... There are four cooling intakes and four outlets on the lower hull.... each made up from two parts. Port side of the missile compartment is added - the starboard side has still to be attached.... The starboard side in place and the top decking added - black is so difficult to photograph !!! It all fits together beautifully - all credit to the Zvezda designer (although I do think it is a little over-complicated overall) Ken
  6. The latest from A&A Models growing range of obscure Soviet aircraft - the 1949 Sukhoi Su-17 Type 'R' :- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-17_(1949) Box art.... Fuselage and port fin insert..... Wings, tailplanes and upper wing fences.... Engine, wheels, cockpit etc... Two decal sheets, open or closed canopy and etched fret. Not shown are the self-adhesive masks for the wheels and canopy. Painting guide - keyed to Humbrol enamels..... The plastic parts are well moulded in light grey plastic with fine engraved panel detail. This is a very comprehensive package which includes self-adhesive masks for the canopy and wheels plus etched-brass parts for the ejection seat belts and undercarriage struts. I already have a Type R in my collection - from Legato... But this new kit from A&A is in a totally different league..... and I can't wait to get it started... Ken
  7. A quick burst of grey primer reveals all the joints....... Hull sides.... ...and along the keel. The two diamond-shaped holes are for the uprights on the display stand - they have been filled in. A few sessions of sanding down the filler soon had those joints (nearly) hidden..... Almost there.... (it's much easier to work with grey rather than black) In the meantime, I made a start on the bridge/conning tower/sail. Zvezda gives two choices - masts up or retracted - and they provide a housing inside the bridge for them - made up from three tiny parts. As with the stern dive planes and rudders, the dive planes on the sail can be made 'workable' - by means of a connecring rod inside. There is even a raised quadrant moulded inside to limit their travel (on the real thing, the dive planes can be rotated to the vertical to avoid damage when breaking through Arctic ice) I chose not to have this (IMHO unnecessary) working feature and opted to glue the dive planes in place later.... The bridge parts - note the blue/green mast housing... The bridge assembled - minus the dive planes... Top view..... note the large wells for all the masts.... Another view of the bridge... Ken
  8. What you say is very true Gabor - but sometimes the reverse is true........... I called out the post about 3D Printed instrument panels as being an April Fools joke.... but I got egg on my face when it turned out to be true... In these days of Fake News it pays to be wary - but not (as in my case) too cynical.... As an aside - what do you guys call April Fools Day??? There was a quiz question on TV - and they said that the French (and the Italians IIRC) call it 'April Fish Day' !! But, then again, that might itself have been an April Fools joke...?? Stay safe Ken
  9. In fact it was in April 1944 - on the 1st....... Nice one Gabor....... Kyen
  10. Remember the date folks...... Oooops sorry - they are real.... I must stop being such an old cynic.... Ken
  11. Progress.... The lower hull is in two halves (actually thirds - counting the top section) - and attaching one side is easy, because you can apply glue from the inside... I attached to port side lower hull section first... View from the staboard (open) side showing the glue applied to the bulkheads and seam.... Whilst waiting for the glue to set I built up the stern section - the fixed diving plane assembly has to be trapped between the upper and lower halves - note the spigot for the 'working' upper and lower rudders.... Attaching the starboard lower hull is more problematic - a dry fit revealed a gap along the lower edge. This was because one of the bulkeads was slightly mis-aligned and was fouling on the raised locating grooves inside the starboard half. After sanding off the offending raised grooves, assemly proceded..... Fit isn't perfect - particulary the join along the keel... Top view showing rear end attached..... .... revealing a slight gap that needs some attention.... All the joints will probably need attention - to be revealed by the first grey primer coat..... More later.... Ken
  12. The rear fuselage on the Mi-24 is offset to the right (starboard) by (IIRC 13deg) as an anti-torque aid. Here' my pic from Gostomel showing it.... If you draw a line through the front two windscreens you can see that the intakes are angled to the left in this photo... Ken
  13. In case anyone is looking ??? A bit of progress - but I must say that the kit breakdown seems a bit overly complex - not helped by being moulded in black plastic.... Anyway... the separate upper hull has a rectangular box added at the bow (the open torpedo loading bay) - plus four bulkheads and the two missile tube sub-assemblies.... Upper hull underside - the bow is top left. Upper hull on its side. Top view of the upper hull - the bow is now at bottom right - you can just make out the torpedo loading bay Black is so difficult to photograph.... Ken
  14. The five scimitar-shaped blades are 5mm-long separate parts that have to be attached to an 8mm-long shaft...... the assembly drawing makes it look easy.... First you attach the 'key' blade (part B1/B330 - then you attach the other four blades (each with a 'collar' that fits into place and establishes the pitch) All well and good - except... In the above photo - I have attached three blades to the shaft, the fourth is separated and the fifth is still attached to the sprue. Being moulded in black plastic makes the parts difficult to see (especially at my age!) and gives a lack of depth-perception. Removing each blade leaves burrs that have to be removed - whilst holding a tiny part that threatens to ping off into the maws of the carpet monster. Come on Zvezda - give us a fighting chance..... please! Trying to attach the blades correctly is proving to be beyond my capabilities........ so I'm looking at alternatives... I've found a couple of etched-brass scimitar blades in my stash - they are seven-bladers - but they may have to do.... Anyone know of a source of appropriate 1/350 scale propeller blades ??? In the meantime, the fixed horizontal rear planes are assembled - again a complicated arrangement designed to have moveable dive planes... Next up are the two open missile tubes - each made up from THREE segments......... This is proving to be a frustrating build....... Ken
  15. The latest 1/350 scale submarine kit from Zvezda is the massive Delta IV (Delfin) class of Russian SSBN.... Moulded in black plastic, the lower hull is made up from three sections - two lower vertically split sides plus a top.... The twin five-bladed propellers each have to made up from a central shaft - to which are attached the five separate scimitar-shaped blades The missile casing is also separate - made up from two side panels (below) and a top section (above)... This complex hull construction would allow (I think?) for a waterline build - although the vertical fin/rudder would have to be modified... (lower section cut off?) Internal bulkheads are included to stiffen the hull - but it remains to be seen how good the many joints are.... This sprue contains the various masts/periscopes, hatches for the two missile tubes, dive planes and doors for the topedo-loading hatches. Zvezda include a display stand - depicting a rocky sea bed..... The decal sheet is well printed and includes the white waterline stripes and depth markings, plus the town emblem after which she is named - Tula.... It also contains the boats pennant number - K-114 - and the name Tula (in Latin and Cyrillic) in gold to go on the display stand.... The painting and decal placement guide gives Zvezda and Tamiya colours... (and you can learn a bit of Russian while you are at it....) Lastly - the four-page construction sheet is 'busy' - but readable... I have already got a Delta IV SSBN in my collection - from Alanger........ So it will be interesting to compare the two models....... Interestingly, the hull breakdown suggests - as well as a waterline option (although not mentioned in the instructions), the fact that it has a separate missile casing - could they make the earlier Delta II & III from the same hull moulds?? This needs investigating more... This is a very welcome new kit from Zvezda - more power to them. Ken
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