I’ll try to make this MiG-23 kit of Trumpeter. I would like to complete it with distinctive coloring of this box art if possible.
This Trumpeter aircraft plastic model has many parts as it overflows from the box. It seems like a Dragon’s tank model. Roughly the attached missile parts are quite enough.
The color inside the cockpit was mixed with Mr. color No. 74, Air Superiority Blue 85%, and No. 6 Green 15%. I think that it is roughly the same color as the real aircraft.
The cockpit has a lot of decals such as the front instrument panel, side panel, control switches on both sides under the elbow, it gives a sense of precision. Painting the missile launch buttons on the control stick with a brush with red and blue.
Total length is long. The nearer to the latest model, the larger the size of the jet aircraft. There are many misprints of the part number scattered in the assembling instructions of this MiG-23 kit. I wonder they review the prevention of mistakes like this or not? It’s sloppy work.
Even if small parts are attached to the fuselage on the way, it can be taken out while preparing assembly, it is better to put it all together later. Detailed tiny photo-etched parts were lost and I had to look for them again and again.
At first, compared with MiG-15 same Trumpeter kit I built last time, the number of parts is large, but I think it is easy to assemble. There are gaps beside the big vertical tail wing and air intake, and I filled them with putty. I wonder if it is difficult to form a perfect fit if the adhesive surface of the vertical tail wing is long. Airplane Plastic model putty work is difficult for me to finish beautifully. I try to challenge as smooth as possible.
The inside of the air brake is designed to build in some etching parts and the mold is improved.
I was planning to install all the pylons with the weapons fully equipped, but in the case of a memorial painting I wonder if they probably do not put too much missiles. Since the paint instructions stated that the pylon for the R-23 missile was painted in red, there is no weapon in the case of the marking of the special paint of the Czech Air Force. I made a lot, but I keep them until the time I have the opportunity to use the missiles next time. Draken, which I made the other day, was also not armed with the setting of the photograph reconnaissance plane. I would like to make something full weapons the other day.
Unlike many Hasegawa kits, this trumpeter kit has holes in the weapon attachment part open from the beginning. If we do not need enough armament, we have to fill in the holes.
Well, I made a little uneven surface, but well, I’d like to get into painting. Depending on the marking, there are cases that these uneven points are not noticeable at all.
The area painted in red, was blew in white in advance and other areas are sprayed in black.
Whether it is dry or still wet, it’s hard to realize the gross color sprayed area. Red as vivid as crimson Red. It is almost impossible to use that color when I make AFV only. Sometimes it is interesting.
Masking sol with the fire mark or sparks? Masked the part like this. It is difficult to work detailed shaping with the attached brush.
The pylons were painted in red. I pasted a lot of tiny caution decals.
Red and black iron color and light gray, it was difficult to paint differently. Paint and dry the spraying of variable blades, move it slightly and paint again. There is no other choice but to be patient.
I had a same feeling when I made the Su-7 before, the landing gear of the Soviet Union Jet fighter is difficult to assemble, the structure is difficult to understand. It looks like a puzzle.
MiG-23 now making was completed. This is a unique coloring of the Czech Air Force, a memorial painting aircraft. It is interesting that the variable wings can be moved by hand.
Shark teeth on the nose, patterns like zebra. “HELL FIGHTER” on the right side and “50” on the left side, marking of devils on the tail wings. The contrast between red and black is an impressive. I think it is the marking of the 1994 air show.
The first flight of MiG-23 was in 1967. Some countries have still active MiG-23 while repeating improvements such as radar and missiles. It was operated in more than 30 countries, examples were Soviet war in Afghanistan, Syrian Civil War, Iraq-Iran War, Kuwait Invasion and Gulf War, etc. MiG-23 was a one of the fighters that got into interception with a Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shooting down case.
Beacon light is quite big, they are clear parts on both sides, painted with clear red and clear blue.
Metallic paint over the red area is surprisingly no hiding power. It will be easier to blow black lightly before metallic.
I thought that the decal adhered well to the smooth surface, the nose was a very curved surface so there are slight wrinkles. But it’s a zebra pattern, I don’t feel a great deal of concern.
I think that it is rather realistic to make a slightly half glossy finish with washing and inking rather than making glossy. It also makes the effect of discolored and it does not look like a toy.
Engine nozzle Interior precision mold has been reproduced. Dry-brushed in silver and strong detail. Dry brush with silver to make the details stand out.
There were many fine decals this time. Thanks to that, there are parts that looked better. There is a red character decal in the red part that I cannot understand. Anyway, I pasted them, but it is difficult to distinguish.
Inking in the panel lines, red and light gray part is dark, the nose and main wing dark metallic area is whitish. I think whether the sharpness improved.
I’m worried about the MiG-23 landing gear strength. I attached the gear using both of the plastic adhesive and instant glue to maximize the adhesion force.
I put a lot of fine decals on the inside of the cockpit, especially on the seat belt, so it made me feel a sense of precision surprisingly good. It’s a canopy closed state, I cannot see a very fine part, but I wonder if it is not so bad.
It is the marking that the devil is piercing the spear. It is difficult to paste a large format decal around here.
When I make the variable wing the narrowest, it becomes unexpectedly compact. If I cannot secure a place to display, It will be kept in a box.
Recently again the temperature is cold and cedar pollen comes in and I do not feel like painting, every year in this season. My favorite is reading books with a kotatsu. The reader who does not know the image, try google searching for images with “kotatsu”. Regarding the medicine for hay fever, I am interested in how have the differential efficacy of Allegra 60 and Allegra FX (over-the-counter drugs). Every year I try not to rely on medicine as much as possible, but already over the limit …..
The vertical tail wing attached to the lower part of the aircraft’s back is almost touching to the ground. I think it’s okay, I’m putting a heavier weight on the nose.
I don’t consider the order of the tank paint too much, there’s no difficulty and finishing is favorite condition many times, a complicated jet fighter will only increase labor time if I don’t think about the efficient order of making and painting. Assembling the landing gear was the most difficult. I think that it will be smooth if there is a next assembly. Well, it is necessary to used to it. I feel excited when peeling off the masking and it is very interesting, even if I succeed or fail. MiG-23, looking the former west allied country citizen’s side, a slightly villainous shape and stunning marking make it a unique atmosphere aircraft.