Mig-23 model in 1/32 scale of TRUMPETER CHINA
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The tail pipe section was used straight
out of the box.
Engine assembly is Step 12 in the instructions. I decided to keep the engine separate.
The engine was made from the kit parts, except for the rear tail pipe as I needed Parts Q5, Q7 (see Steps 18 and 19 of the instructions) for the rear fuselage. I was lucky to find some similar parts in the spare box. I used part "tail sprout I" on the model, the spare one "number II " on the engine model. Some extra wiring was added on the outside. The engine got some varying hues of metal coat of Alclad applied with the air brush.
The yellow dolly for the rear fuselage
is not used, as the rear fuselage was not seperated. I will use the engine
dolly to show the engine although not correct off course.
Markings and Painting
It was now time for the markings and details of the Czech AF HELL FIGHTER paint scheme. From the internet, numerous pictures can be found. I also had some pictures I took at Kbely museum, Prague, Czechia.
I was not willing to pay large amounts of money for a couple of decals, so decided to make my own through masking and airbrushing. I used fine Tamiya tape for the masks.
I first made op paper patterns for the HELL FIGHTER markings I got from a 1/72 MiG-23 MF kit from RV Aircraft kit no.72001. These decals were enlarged with a photo copier to 1/32 scale by enlarging it to 225 %. The pattern was used to as guide for the size of the masks.
I started with airbrushing a red base
coat on the model.
Then, I set the patterns for the rear
fuselage "fires". When done, the model was sprayed gloss black were appropriate
using acrylics from Revell.
Note: Small pitot tube (E) still to be added, as well as "odd rods".
The red devil on the tail was made
in a similar fashion, masking and spraying.
NOTE: TRUMPETER now has issued later on this variant as well as kit no. 03209 of the MF. If you buy this kit, this will reduce the conversion work.
From paper card a shape was made as
template to make the longer finbase. When it looked to fit OK, this was
made from plastic card, sanded in shape and fitted on top and in front
of vertical fin.
For the MF variant I also also forgot
earlier the modification for the (L-) "cable duct fairings" at tail section
below horizontal stabilizers. These were made from card.
The folded ventral fin from the kit was simply added as well.
Small mirrors were added as well,
nicely included in the Trumpeter kit (see Step 25 in the instructions).
Adding the decals was the next step. First, the model got two coats of gloss Johnson Future /Clear.
Note that for the HELL
FIGHTER the amount of stencilling is very limited. Also, no
weapons / stores are needed, saving a lot of work on this model. For the
big number on the intake, I could not find correct number decals, so I
settled for a couple from the spares box, although not entirely correct
as it reads 3656 and not 3646.
The various parts were added, like
gun pack, undercarriages and opened up parachute doors at the tail base.
The assembly of the undercarriage was no problem as shown in the instructions, I used the metal parts for strength. Remove the moulded edges on the parts with a file. The gear legs were sprayed light grey, they are about FS 16187 (so not silver).
For the MF, use the alternative nose-wheel doors in the kit (parts A1 and A2), modification (G).
D- AoA vane on left fuselage nose was set slightly at different location below windshield
F- the sensor fairing below nose (part V3) was sandded slightly in different shape
H- I did not fit not 2 sensor pairs below intakes, but single sensors (parts H19)
I- use single sensor , part H11 and H122 not needed on intakes
K- fueldump pipe (part G27) is not needed
The panellines were slightly scribed, removing some paint to suggest weathering which was kept to a minimum for this fresh display aircraft.
On the undercarriage legs, some wash was applied as well as in the gear bays. For the HELL FIGHTER, only the two inboard pylons were added. (Contrary on what I have seen on internet, the shapes seemed OK to me).
That completed the model!
The 1/32 MiG-23 MF with special home airbrushed scheme "Hell Fighter" is now a special model in the collection.
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