1/48 Italeri Ta-152H-1
I have always enjoyed the look of the extended wings of the TA-152. In researching for the build, I found that some of the Italeri boxings actually came with engine parts sprues- alas, mine did not! I was able to get an engine plug way back when i still ordered model kits and parts. It was from Parts R Parts- excellent stuff! You can see from the photos I included how I added bits and pieces to detail the plug a little more.
The Italeri kit had the gun breech part and I was able to slot it right into the back of the resin plug! The kit also had the engine bearers too.
I also noticed that the bulges molded on the forward part of the exhaust openings of the kit fuselage halves were not on the TA-152 so i took them off.
The Italeri kit does not provide an annular radiator but fortunately for me the Monogram 1/48 F-4J kit exhaust cans fit nicely inside the TA-152 cowl! They also have ribbing detail that looks like the TA-152 rad detail. I had some spare from using resin cans on a few of my monogram kits.
I also added a shell ejection chute and ammo box for the cannon, as well as correcting the shape of the prop blades and spinner.
I had to rework the length and sit/angle of the landing gear from plans and photos.
I had to paint the fuselage stripes as the kit decal stripes were too rigid and cracked as I tried to wrap them around the fuselage.
I had to source swastikas from spare decals in the leftover decal file.