1/72 A-Model Tsar Bomba
This is my build of the USSR's wildly impractical Tsar Bomba which had proved that there is such thing as too much overkill. Despite making necessary precautions to prevent the Tu-95 Bomber from getting torn apart in the bomb blast, the Tsar Bomba nearly blew the Tu-95 Bear apart from its shockwave after it detonated. The Tsar Bomba (official designation was AN602) had a destructive power of 50Mt based on Soviet readings (but had theoretical yield of 100Mt) and was the most destructive device created by man. One thing it did was help influence Andrei Sakharov (who was one of the designers) against nuclear proliferation.
The Model by A-Model is a short run kit with all the characteristics of a short run kit. Ill fitting parts that required a lot of sanding and filling. The bomb was actually easier to build than the bomb cart. I used CA glue to attach the parts together and it helped reduce the amount of sanding/filling needed. I ended up polishing the bomb seams to prepare the surface for priming with Stynylrez Black. The primer coat was polished for the Vallejo Metal Colors paint, the light metal areas were a combo of Aluminum, White Aluminum and Chrome and the darker areas, Dark Aluminum.
I painted the black areas gloss black except the braking parachute section using Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black to provide contrasting shades of black. The tail fins were glued together using CA glue to help align them.
The cart required a lot of sanding as the parts were so rough. As you can see from the photos, I missed a bunch of spots painting the left hand side. I used Mission Models Russian Modern Army Green for the green shade. Tamiya XF-63 German Grey was used for the tires.
I built this in operational configuration for a friend who had an interest in things nuclear and who later died of cancer.