Finally the most difficult portion of Trumps MiG-23, the landing gear, more so the main set. The nose gear not so much. Aeromaster War Bird Acrylic Russian Hub Green was used for the wheels, Tamiya Tire Black for the tires. The nose though not difficult just some extra detail bits that are normally moulded on the struts in other kits, are separate bits on this kit, and are quite small. So patience is a virtue. Once assembled, the locating pin is positive when attaching the assy into the nose gear bay. The retracting strut actuator is installed and next the bay doors are also attached. It took an hour to the nose gear install. It took the rest of the day and all of my patience to mount the main landing gears. It actually didn’t take long to build the components. It was when it came to attaching the assy into the main gear bays that was the fun part. As was given a heads up by one of our modelers who gave fair warning, this is not an easy process. Funny installing the first one was not difficult, in fact I was elated when I let it set before I went on built up the other side. Getting the other side main to sit correctly was a pain beyond measure. I had installed the LH side main gear first, lined it up and let it sit for a couple of hours to allow the cement to set. Did about the same process for the RH side and darn it would list to the right, detached it and re-installed it and this time inserted a prop to keep the plane level after adjusting the alignment so when the assy finally did set overnight that the plane would remain level. In fact I let it sit all week long before I removed the prop from the gear to see if it remained level. I was worn out. In the meantime I also attached all the gear doors as well. Even now the attachment point for the main gear is very weak, I have a feeling that any jostling of the shelf down the road that either gear will give way and down she goes as this is not a light plane after I hang the missiles and the other items when it is completed. Next up to install the dive brakes which are quite distinctive on the MiG-23. And thats it. Next is the final presentation soon. Thanks for viewing and as my good friend Louis would say, comments are welcomed. Fly Navy
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