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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
  14. It's a pity they can't float it up to Khimki in Moscow to join the A-90 Orlyonok. Ken
  15. The Aleksayev Lun ekranoplan ..... has been moved from its dry dock in Kaspiisk ( https://igor113.livejournal.com/51213.html?page=1) to a new location ........... http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=/language_tools&u=https%3A%2F%2Fzen.yandex.ru%2Fmedia%2Flanasator%2Fekranoplan-lun-proekta-903-v-derbente-udalos-oboiti-ohranu-i-popast-vnutr-5f30e9b9bbe8572b801cebe9 Interesting story of a fascinating machine.... Ken
  16. Just being mischievous........ but the canopy latches look a bit ill-defined.... (ignore the handsome jet jockey...) And..... will the decal sheet include a map for the beautifully rendered map case??? Sorry - it's hot and I'm bored... Kyen
  17. Great details Gabor - it looks fabulous - although not my scale. I see that it has the rails for the blind-flying canopy.......... .... will there be instructions on how to make the folded curtain (if the modeller chooses to fit it ???). My attempt in 1/72 scale is less than stellar...... Ken PS - I'm not trying to be awkward - just fascinated by the level of detail you have incorporated - it's just stunning.......
  18. That's nuthin............. Yours truly has actually SAT in a Flanker....... (Me at Kubinka in 1993..) (Note the ejection seat arming chord at top left - a small detail often missed - does the new GWH kit have it? .... and again at Zhukovski in a Su-33 (IIRC) ..... (arming chord there - but not attached) Ken
  19. Be my guest Andy.... If you PM me you email, I'll send you them in the original hi-res size - let me know which ones (I've done K4, K-12, K-22 & K-26)........ Ken
  20. The Soviets did similar rough-field experiments with a tracked landing gear on an Il-28.... They also fitted a ski landing gear to a Su-7......... Maingear..... Nosegear.... A system of a retractable ski attached to the main landing gear of a Su-7BKL actually went into production... Ken
  21. How about the Soviet Nikitin-Shevchenko IS-2 Biplane/Monoplane ??? Not only did the main landing gear retract into the lower wing - but that lower wing could then retract into the upper wing - morphing from a biplane into a monoplane. That's pretty goofy. Then there's the Fairey Barracuda.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Barracuda From Wiki...... The hydraulically-actuated main landing gear struts were of an "L" shape which retracted into a recess in the side of the fuselage and the wing, with the wheels within the wi
  22. It's all very confusing - this is from 'Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker in Indian Service' by Phillip Camp with Simon Watson...... About the Su-30K....... It talks about the first 8 delivered....... then .... "These were supplemented in June to December 1999 by an additional 10 Su-30K (SB009 tp 018) .... These aircraft arrived with Russian avionics and were an improvement over the first eight aircraft, having updated electronic warfare systems and precision-guided weapons capability" and later............ "The first eight aircraft were very emasculated, lac
  23. The first batch of 8 (SB 001 - SB 008) - later supplemented by an additional 10 (SB 009 - SB 018) - were visually the same as a Su-27UB - with the addition of an offset IRST and IFR probe. They were designated as Su-30K and wore Russian - style camouflage. The fins were the same as the Su-27UB - only the later, definitive Su-30MKI with the canards had a fin with an increased-area rudder. Four of the Su-30K's were painted in a special commemorative scheme representing the Indian flag..... Happy Flankering.... Ken
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