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  1. Some years ago during a RIAT airshow here in the UK, a C5 crew member was talking to the assembled crowd in front of the C5 - telling them that the Galaxy was the world's largest aircraft. I interjected and said the the Ukranian-designed An-124 was bigger......... He seemed a bit put out, but replied "OK - the C5 is the SECOND largest plane in the world" To which I replied "Well actually, the An-225......." During flight testing of the Mrya - they loaded pallets of scrap metal on board - and made numerous record-breaking flighs with heavier and h
  2. There are two distinct types of solid-nosed, rear-ramp Hips.... Those bulit by Ulan-Ude and those built by Kazan... The Mi-8MTV5 is Kazan-built, the Mi-8AMTSh is Ulan-ude Note there are differences in the nose, the rear ramp, the cabin heater shape and the sliding-door arrangement... Hope this clarifies.... Ken
  3. Gluing the upper and lower hull halves reveals the usual join line - easily fixed with the application of filler..... The join lines in the ventral pannier are filled and sanded smooth...... Ken
  4. As with most Mikro-Mir sub kits, the parts have large sprue gates and need a lot of 'fettling' (scraping and sanding) to make good mating surfaces..... The ventral structure for the divers saturation chamber is made up from two sides and a floor (or 'roof' - depending on your point of view)..... There are no positive location pips - so I added strips of L-section plastic to form a ledge on which the 'floor' can sit..... This made locating the sides much easier.... ..... although there are still seams to fill
  5. Just delivered - courtesy of Hannants and Royal Mail - Mikro-Mir's latest 1/350 scale submarine USS Parche SSN-683 - Late Version. Box art - note the divers lockout chamber on the aft casing - disguised as a DSRV.......... The instruction sheet is a flimsy A4 page folded in half ........... the first page gives a brief potted history of the boat and a painting guide (!)... The reverse is the construction diagram....... The hull is split horizontally..... The only other sprue provides
  6. I always assemble the fuselage, paint the engines, mask them off then add the (already painted) vertical fins. I have tried adding the fins, then painting the engines afterwards - but trying to airbrush the camouflaged inside faces of the fins is almost imposible - especially in my preferred scale of 1/72nd. So - I paint the engines, mask them off - then apply the camouflge pattern to the fins before glueing them in place. Happy Flankering Ken
  7. I hadn't heard that one Jabba29 - do you have more info ? I know that the Soviet equivalent - the Ilyushin Il-62 - had a long retractable tailwheel that was deployed when parked to stop it tipping onto its tail.... Taken at Domodedovo in 2004.... Sorry for the thread creep Yuri...... Ken
  8. As a complete aside.... a friend who worked on Concorde at BAC Filton told me the following story. They were doing some tests on the fin fuel tanks and decided to fill the fin tank - by bypassing the other tanks in the fuselage/wings. As they filled the fin tank, the nose slowly tipped up and the tail tipped down - damaging the exhaust buckets on all four engines. They had neglected to support the rear end as they filled it up !! Luckily the aircraft was in the Brabazon hangar - which was high enough to take height of the upturned nose without it
  9. I think your assessment is correct. Tu-160's on an active ramp are seen with the wings fully forward - unless there is a tail support/jack in place. The White Swan in the video with it's wings fully swept is probably de-fueled - AND it is attached to a tow tractor - which would keep the nose wheel down. If you want to display your model fully swept, I guess you would have to fit a tow tractor - or put a jack under its tail. I took this photo on the ramp at Engels in 2007......... (More photos here... http://www.flankers-s
  10. One thing that has always puzzled me is the cutout in the inner wing fence..... I used to think it was so that the pilot could see the undercarriage down indicator - until I took these two photos at Xiaotangshan in 2013...... .... which clearly shows that the U/C spigot is not in line with the pilot's line-of-sight. Is there also a 'flaps down' spigot as well?? - that would line up with the cutout... Ken
  11. Wow !! - what a change to the museum since I was last there in 2013 :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/mos2013_day07.html (scroll down about halfway). In 2013 most of the exhibits were outside and the museum was shrouded in scaffolding. Looking at 94lipo's photos it has had a major makeover - and in the 4th image it looks like the nose of a Harbin H6. Is that new 94Lipo ?? - it wasn't there when I last visited.... My pics from a previous visit in 2010 are here:- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/china2010_day01.html Ken
  12. I can't comment on the kit - but here's a photo of the real thing - wot I took in 2010..........
  13. I didn't see you there..... .... and I'm jealous as hell....... Great model BTW Ken
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