Wings of the Red Star Volume I – MiG-29
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Well, at least I'm not the one to break the D-Day streak. Honestly I think it's the kit's fault as it kept horning in on my own D-Day build. Well, anyway here goes the rest of the article. It will sound way better if you imagine it being read by Sir Peter Ustinov!
This is the old Monogram kit, warts and all. There are instructions and templates to covert the rudders to the wider chord found on production versions. Likewise, there are also templates to do the lower strakes found on the early prototypes. Oddly, this is a detail that was removed from the MiG-29, but added to the Su-27. I think all of the errors in this kit are not totally Monogram's fault. The kit was released before detailed information was available to us in the west and they did the best they could with what they had access to. (For instance, the parachute housing is only depicted in plan view, in profile, this area is flat on the model.)
I decided to paint mine similarly to how they appeared at Farnborough in 1988. (Fortunately the weather for the photos today is similar to the weather during their visit!)The green was hard to replicate as the color seems to change depending on the lighting conditions. I ended up using some medium green mixed with neutral grey and the main color is neutral grey. (Anyone wanting to get familiar with an airbrush, this would be a good model to start with as the color scheme is very basic.) The radome and various antennae were gunship grey darkened with some black. The green I use for the wheels is just the plain Testors gloss green in the small bottle mixed with some flat black. I don't have a ratio, rather I go by the TLAR method and mix as needed. Consequently, the wheels on all my Russian aircraft are all a different shade of this basic color. All of my reference photos came from the Tony Lake book documenting the Fulcrum's visit to England. Now I just hope FHC brings their MiG-29UB to Oshkosh this year! (And maybe the Stumovic as well!)
For those of you with some really deep pockets, there have been a couple of these as well as a pair of Su-27s for sale in Trade-a-Plane. Four million sounds like a lot of money, but it actually is a bargain compared to what they cost new. (I can't believe I actually said that!) Both the Flankers have already sold, so act fast as these things are flying off the shelves! 😀