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Author Topic: Tupolev Tu-128 prototype from A-Model 1/72 kit  (Read 4499 times)
johnr
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« on: March 16, 2012, 04:28:09 PM »





My first post here - hope you like it

I decided to build a model of the prototype instead of the version supplied thinking that it would involve just a few changes like the serial on the nose and making one of the cockpit windows triangular instead of round. WRONG !
Whilst checking a minor detail on the missile pylons I discovered that the wing fences were in a different position to the production versions. This checking turned up a few more changes. The prototype carried a huge pannier under the belly which housed all the test equipment and there were two ventral fins.
Building was beset by the usual A-model ?features? - beautifully detailed parts which didn?t fit by a mile, poor alignment of the mould halves and the small parts had so much flash that it was hard to distinguish the part from the flash. Luckily it didn?t seem to suffer from any warping problems that have caused anguish to other builders.
There are still a few unresolved items regarding antennae and transparencies. If you spot any discrepancies please let me know.
John
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learstang
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 04:51:46 PM »

Brilliant-looking model there, John!  Welcome to the site!

Best Regards,

Jason

P.S.  If you have any Shturmovik models, please post them.  I'm sort of the local Shturmovik nut around here!
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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012, 01:05:10 PM »

Good model, I've the very same kit still to build. A thing that frightens me a bit is that the metallic finish is unforgiving for any small defect.
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Massimo
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johnr
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2012, 03:51:01 PM »

Despite trying to be careful with rubbing down, priming and re-polishing my first attempt was far from perfect as it showed a host of minor blemishes so I had to start again.
Whilst you are right to be concerned about the finish if you are going to use Alclad there are many serious problems to be overcome before you get to that stage.
John
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