I will make a Russian fighter MiG-29 Fulcrum. It is a kit of Academy 1/48 scale. The camouflage color of the Russian Army fighter is a lot of blue-gray combinations of delicate difference.
The Academy’s Fulcrum has a very good quality Cartograf decals. There are also a lot of caution decals and no complaints about decals at all. However, it is difficult to assemble as described later.
This kit also did not have a decal of the cockpit panel and the side panels. I painted them with hand drawing. Looking at the parts, the canopy seems to be assembled in the closed state so I wonder if this is enough. In other words, even in the open state, it’s not possible to paint too much finer detailed….. I tried additional work to make it look like a seat belt of a Russian fighter plane.
I mean the parts are not so good matching, or is this a common part division? I’m not sure because I have not made much of this type of jet fighters, but since I can make gaps and gaps pretty good, I have to fix it. Gaps and steps were generated, and I had to fix them with putty.
The canopy is a closed state. It is not so hard masking work.
The complicated curved surface of the nose is also made of numerous parts and so many gaps are occurring. It was mainly modified with light curable putty, I cannot say it’s perfect. I had thrown it out unless I had experienced the building of Smer 1/48 Su-7 several years ago.
Painting on the lower surface of the MiG-29 was almost completed. I think it’s passable. The pylon of the missile has been painted together as it is attached to the underside of the fuselage, this time it’s all same color.
The three projections on the bottom of the nose, such as the sensor or antenna, I broke one of them during the work, it was very small and I thought it’s OK to leave it. I changed my mind and made it with heat-stretched plastic. It’s easy to work, I can do it in 30 seconds.
In color designation, Mr. Color 336, Hemp was specified, but it is absolutely different! Comparing with the box art, Hemp color was different. I examined the MiG-29 that had been deployed in Armenia, perhaps it seems that Mr. Color #118 RLM78 light blue is approximate. At the same time, I felt that Mr. Color 308 Gray is more suitable than Mr. Color 324 being specified in the painting manual. I have no doubt about the manufacturer’s instructions, but this time I believe in my own sense.
The NATO Codename is Fulcrum, the nickname of the Russian is Ласточк (swallow). The nickname of swallow suits well as the aircraft size is small.
MiG-29UB is a double seat training model type. I wanted to make an actual fighter, anyway, the white tiger’s marking is nice.
This machine has small masking as it has many fine gray areas. The curve small area is difficult. Blown in black and white with a gradation before basic painting.
Even if the panel lines disappeared at the time of filing, there are small raised rivets some panels. In such part, leave a little step as it is, so as not to spoil the mold as much as possible.
Well, the bonds trace of the wings has not disappeared properly.
I wonder if the seeker part of the missile got a better look after I finished it with clear smoke color.
The missiles are lightly washing on the glossy white, regarding the main body, I stick decals and after clear coating, I finished with semi-gloss clear coating after inking and lightly washing.
I chose the color by my own judgment because the color specification of the manual and the box art and the photograph of the real machine were pretty different. However, there are many camouflage patterns and color combinations so it may not be necessary to think so seriously.
The MiG-29 is equipped with two jet engines for aircraft which is slightly larger than the F-16, and the distance required for takeoff is only 250m. Because the fuel tank is also small, the flying range is as short as 1,400 kilos. It is the fighter of the purpose to secure the air superiority at the forefront.
There was a short comment on the coloring manual that MiG-29UB #102, Erebuny, Armenia 2005. I wonder it is a MiG troop deployed in Armenia. The white tiger marking is beautiful and stands out well.
The armament of this fighter, R-27 long-distance air-to-air missiles NATO Codename AA-10 Alamo, R-73 short-range air-to-air missiles NATO Codename AA-11 Archer, R-60MK infrared tracking type short-range air-to-air missile, NATO Codename AA-8 Aphid.
It was very difficult to assemble because many parts are glued around here.
Although it is not in the instruction manual, it is better to embed the weight in the nose of the aircraft. Even if I don’t enter anything, this MiG-29 stand normally, but if I hit around the engine nozzle a little, it will fall behind. I attached the engine at the end during the assembly process, so in the end, I quickly inserted a weight from the nozzle. I pushed it to the top with chopsticks.
The quality of the decal attached to the kit drastically affects the finish. This MiG-29UB, the Academy’s kit, There are some difficult points for assembling, and there are parts that have become somewhat sloppy such as filling in gaps, A lot of caution decals are attached, of course, it is hard to paste, but since the precision improves pretty much. I am staring at the finished Fulcrum and grinning…..
Regarding the PS3 game, it was fun to play the DUNAMIS 15 novel game. A while ago I played Steins; Gate and Steins; Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling, they were also very interesting. It was a correct choice that I completely played without reading the explanation of the package which has spoilers of story explanation. It is easy to spoil as it is written by many other players, so it was quite enjoyable if you started without anything from the internet and friends. I played it because I love SF, but it explained this is not a science fiction but a suspense fiction, I see…. The opening movie is the least, what will you do after spoils this timing! When I was playing it without information, I thought it was a zombie game as same as many overseas games, but it isn’t the same one.