Tu-22m3 – Beauty & the Beast
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This is a small step for mankind, but a glorious one for my workbench – I finished a model!
Yes, the “GoT” concludes before “GoTh” and I cannot be happier about the epilogue. Eat my dust George R. R.! To keep up with the acronyms and experience all the in-progress buzzing and grumbling I encourage you follow this link:
Tupolev 22m3 is one of those iconic machines that bridges the past with future, from the Cold War to Global Warming and beyond… The most appealing aspect of Soviet aircraft for me is that mix of medieval roughness and aerodynamic elegance that they possess. Tu-22m3 is a point in case looking like a sensible fusion of an inquisition device and a starship.
This Trumpeter kit covers a sizeable real-estate even as a “small scale”, but not using its sheer bulk as the only attribute to impress is the real trick here. I tend to diverge from the beaten path and roam the backcountry on most of my builds, so saying that this one was special in this regard wouldn’t be fair. But it was certainly one of the most epic such journeys for me. The Tu kit is of the particular kind (dare I say typical of this Chinese manufacturer) that challenges you regardless of how closely you follow the assembly instructions, or sometimes exactly for it. Trying to bring my usual density of details and maintain high standard on something big and demanding was no weekend task, but it did provided a great canvas to be creative and try to make something unique.
I do hope you can enjoy these images even without going into minutiae of the build, as the model is basically an idea we try to convey, with a bit of an artistic license.
As I always say, if you want to avoid a disappointing end write it yourself!
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