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  1. In case anyone is following..? More... The engine intakes are assembled and cleaned up - the starboard one is glued in place, the port side is left off to show how the Klimov VK-1 turbojet is fitted.. The VK-1 centrifugal-flow turbojet is a superb example of resin casting - whoever made the master has done a brilliant job... Unfortunately all that work is hidden away inside the nacelle....... The wings are now attached to the fuselage - the fit is great, the joint just needs a smear of filler..... Georgiy Beriev's finest....... Ken
  2. Jackman.... nothing spectacular - just filler and sanding - the resin is thick enough to take it. In the meantime.... a little more progress.... Part for the engine nacelles - note the exquisitely detailed Klimov VK-1 turbojet (a licence-built RR Nene).... It will be hidden inside the depths of the long nacelle - but it is superb nonetheless. Parts for the cruciform tailplane removed from their pouring stubs... ...and assembled....... The flaps and ailerons cleaned up and attached...... The wing fitted (but not yet glued) to check for fit..... More later... Ken
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    Mig-15 Help

    So.... as is usual for these types of colour conundrums, the answer is......... They were ALWAYS clear laquer-coated NMF............ EXCEPT when they weren't..... Ken
  4. A little more progress.... The fuselage halves are glued together - there's a bit of a mis-match at the rear end... ... probably my fauly - but nothing a bit of filler can't sort out..... The wings have been removed from their pouring stubs.... ...and a test fit looks good.... More to come... Ken
  5. Some progress..... The two hull halves have a raised flange along the planing bottom - part of the resin pouring stub. This has to be removed - I used a razor saw and craft knife - taking suitable precautions with resin dust. ABM provide a detailed interior - with a pilot's cockpit made up from a floor, bulkheads and side panels. Ejection seats and a rear gunners seat are included along with a control column, instrument panels, navigators sight and oxygen bottles. The oxygen bottles are fitted into two mounting brackets - all very delicate - and decals are provide for the instrument panel and side consoles... I added seat belts from tape - but not much is visible once the interior is installed.... These are the navigators, pilots and rear gunners stations once assembled - please excuse the dust particles - I didn't notice them when taking the photos (my eyesight is failing) A closer view of the cockpit...... Various small resin 'boxes' plus a map case and fire extinguisher are installed inside each fuselage half - with decals provided for the 'Black boxes'.... Again - excuse the dust - I really should have blown it off.... The interior sub-assemblies installed inside the port fuselage half... Close up of the nose area.... That's all folks... Ken
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    Yefim Gordon Su-27 Famous Russian Aircraft

    Have you checked the spine on the dust jacket ??? Mine says 'Tupolev' in front of 'Su-27' - a misprint by the publisher Crecy..... Yefim Gordon pointed it out to me at SMW Telford when he signed my copy of the book. He was not amused...... Ken PS - the book weighs a staggering 3.1 kg !!
  7. This new resin kit from ABM represents the sole prototype of the Beriev R-1 jet-powered flying boat. Beautifully cast in flawless cream coloured resin, this is resin casting at its best. It is a comprehensive kit - excellently packaged - with fantastic service - 7 days from order to delivery (over the Christmas period). The box art depicts the R-1 flying over (presumably?) Beriev's base at Taganrog.... The comprehensive instructions are on two A3 sheets folded into a four-page A4 'booklet'.... Note that the colour references are generic - Green, Leather, Steel Grey etc - with the whole airframe in 'Ghost Grey'. The parts are superby cast in a cream coloured resin with no hint of air bubbles or casting flaws.... The wing is one piece incorporating the main engine nacelles...... The intakes and jet exhausts are separate - with a nice representation of the Klimov VK-1 (RR Nene) turbojet to go inside the intake.... The decal sheet is by Begemot, so quality is assurered - two copies are included...... Note the decals for the instrument panels - an alternative film negative is also included for items 1 & 2. The canopy and clear parts are vacformed - with two copies being supplied in case of accidents. A few more photos are here. This really is a quality kit - reflected in the price - but IMHO it is worth every penny. I'll be starting it soon.... Ken
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    Su-30SM 'Flanker-H' in 2019!

    IIRC, there were 15 T10M/Su-35 built - 701 to 712 plus a 'pre-production' batch of 3. Of the above, 711 became the TVC equipped Su-37 'Terminator' (later reverting to a 'Su-35' without the TVC engines). The 3 'pre-production' Su-35's (Bort Red 86/87/88) went to Akhtubinsk for service trails - later they plus 2 of the earlier batch were repainted in 'Russian Knights' colours and coded 1/2/3/4/5 - although they never flew a public demo with the team. Ken
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    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    That is an aerodynamic shaped 'wedge' - to divert the slipstream away from the IRST glass to keep it clean. It isn't just on two-seaters. Another small detail....the MKM also has four 'bird slicer' IFF antennas in front of the windscreen.... Great progress BTW Ken
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    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Great progress - looking good so far. Can I just point out that the raised circle below the IFR probe recess is way too prominent and needs sanding back a bit. The raised circles (there's another one on the starboard side) are actually pop-out lights to illuminate the probe during flight refuelling - and they are pretty much flush with the surrounding skin surface. Keep up the good work. Ken
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    HMS Tabard 1/350 scale Resin KIt

    A little more..... The first coat of Halfords Grey Plastic Primer shows all that nice detail........... ....especially the excellent etched decking - most realistic..... Ken
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    HMS Tabard 1/350 scale Resin KIt

    If anyone is still following ??? A little more progress......... The kit supplies the propeller housings - and very delicate castings they are!........ The modeller has to supply the prop shafts - either from plastic or brass rod - BUT the instructions quote their length as 5mm - instead of the correct 11mm (according to my measuring)........ The deck guns - QF 4in and 20mm Oerlikon - are each made up from a resin breech and a mounting pedestal - with a turned metal barrel provided by Master-Model of Poland. The parts are tiny - almost at the limit of my eyesight and dexterity - but they make up into stunning models in their own right..... the 4in even has a hole at the sharp end !! For reference - the 4in (left) is just 15mm long The instructions continue to have silly errors with the numbering of parts - there is no mention of the 4in's mounting pedestal (part 7) and the 20mm resin parts are 8 & 9 - not 7 as quoted on the instruction diagram. These minor quibbles aside, this really is a stunning kit - you just need a degree in Micro Surgery to do it justice!! Although..... if I can do it, anyone can. Ken
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    HMS Tabard 1/350 scale Resin KIt

    Decking complete....... It really is quite delicate - but perfectly etched.......... There is a slight mistake on the instruction shet - where the part numbers don't agree with the numbers on the etch.... For example part 8 on the instruction sheet is actually 10 on the etched fret, instruction sheet part 10 is etched as part 9 and part 9 on the instruction sheet is on the fret - but not numbered ! Minor errors and easily identifiable. Ken
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    HMS Tabard 1/350 scale Resin KIt

    I have made a start...... I cleaned up some casting 'flash' and washed the parts in warm soapy water and made a start on adding the decking parts. I had thought that the etched brass decking would simply be stuck down onto a flat deck to provide detail - but it is much better than that! The etched parts are actually grilles that fit over recesses moulded into the deck - just like the real thing! So before adding them I painted the recesses Panzer Grey - on the grounds that it would be easier than trying to paint inside the recesses AFTER the grilles were in place. Not like me to be thinking ahead............... In the above photo, the front torpedo hatches, an open weave forward grille and a closer weave rear grilles have been added - with more still to add. This really is a quality kit - I am very impressed More later Ken
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    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Rom, we were both right about 'Blue 04'...... It was originally a pre-production Su-30MKI - as the picture caption in Yefim Gordon's Su-27 Flanker book says...... But then in the text he says..... "The Su-301-4 and Su-301-5 were further converted as the Su-30MKM prototypes" So it was a Su-30MKI AND a Su-30MKM !!!! Cheers Ken