Hobbycraft 1/48 scale Mig-17
July 16, 2015 in Aviation
Hello! So here is my Hobbycraft MiG-17. I bought this kit waaaay back in 1993 while I was in Virginia for AIT. I have been carrying it around with me ever since, and finally started it this past spring. If you can get this kit for free, or for maybe $5 at a swap meet then go for it, otherwise you might want to give this one a pass. The detail is pretty weak, there is no positive alignment for most of the parts, some accuracy issues… Anyways, I have had this one for far too long not to build it…
I used a True Details resin cockpit and everything else was out of the box or scratch built. The gun camera on the intake ring was missing so I made one of those out of aluminum tubing and Milliput. The ventral fin was way too thick so I removed it with my Dremel and replaced it from one made of plastic card and Milliput. The intake ring and exhaust pipe totally left the bare plastic interior of the kit visible, so I built up the intake trunking with stock plastic, and rolled up some more plastic to make the tube inside the tail pipe.
Paint job was Model Master enamels shot through my Sotar 20/20 airbrush, which does a nice job of spraying a tight line. I was afraid to use the kit decals since they had become so stiff and old, so I sprayed the nose numbers through a mask with my airbrush. The national markings were not as successful. Before breaking down and spending money on aftermarket decals, I went ahead and tried the kit decals. It took ten minutes for them to come off the paper but they did, and they settled down perfectly with some SolvaSet. I clear coated with acrylic and then weathered with oil paints for the first time. That was fun!
Despite the old standards of the kit, it was still pretty fun to build. I would do it again, but now I know where to improve. I would also like a do-over but with the Hobby boss Kit. Anyways, thanks for looking!
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