Time to get started on a project that was planned for the year. It is already June and running a bit behind. So my project is the ESCI MiG-27 Flogger, Mikoyan’s ground attack version of the MiG-23.
Let see what is in the box.
Now if anyone has looked or built any of Trumpeter’s MiG-23/27 family of jets, what is in the box compared to their’s is quite a shock. As the ESCI kit is quite basic. Less than a 100 parts compared to almost 300 on Trumpy’s . Extensive weapons compared to the bombs in this kit. I will be using weapons from the extras leftover from one of their kits to load this baby up.
The instruction sheet is standard A-4 style which shows some pics of the real aircraft along the way with color call outs that did not specifically name any brands of paints. Though they are not accurate, as noting the interior in Lt Grey, which should be Green/Grey. But info in regard to Russian/Soviet aircraft at the time was not well known when this kit was produced in the mid-70’s.
The decals are for 2 Soviet aircraft in USSR service. I will be using the Linden Hill decals for an Iraqi variant that served during the Gulf War in 1991. I will be using some of the left over stencils from the Trumpy kit.
The first sprue in lt grey plastic contains the nose section, nose cone, exhaust nozzle and weapons.
1st looking at the exhaust nozzle, it is way too shallow. So I will be using a resin replacement.
The short ground attack nose is pretty much correct for the MiG-27, how accurate it is this I do not know, but I will use it as it is correct in representing a MiG-27. By the way the kit is pretty much a MiG-27, not a MiG-23, which has many differences. And one tell tale sign is the shorter nose.
1. Mig-27 style nose,short
Another difference on a -27, is the style of splitter plates for the intake. The MiG-23 extend well forward of the intakes, the -27 are short and do not extend forward of the intake. The MiG-23BN has the -27 style nose, is very similar appearance except that is retains the -23 style splitter plates and that is an easy way to tell the two apart. As well as some other details such as the avionics and other internal differences.
1. Mig-27 style splitter plates
The next sprue contains the main fuselage body, wheels, landing gear and doors.
The nose and main wheels. Do have nice detail and I will use them.
Unlike Trumpeter which I believe it almost takes 10 parts to build the main landing gear struts. ESCI has only 6.
1. Simple approach on the main struts
The landing gear door just have basic detail inside the doors.
2 piece nose strut.
Upper and lower main fuselage. Notice lack of detail in the main gear bay.
1. Really lacking in detail
The next sprue contains the wings, tail and stabs. The nose gear bay and intakes. The wings are basic with no option for slats and flaps. They are able to be movable in the full swept or forward position in display.
The intake trunks are basic with minor detail and no intakes back to the engine front turbine.
The nose gear bay is shallow and very basic detail here.
The ejection seat is really just a basic bang seat with separate side panels. A resin seat will be used to replace it.
Finally the clear sprue with canopy and windshield. Along with a couple of landing lamps lenses.
So a basic kit, fine raised panel lines. But at the time it was the 1st 48th scale MiG-27 offered in this scale. ESCI at the time is like todays Hobby Boss and Trumpeter offering models from European and Soviet Air Forces that most were not at the time. Though they could be hit and miss in quality. Like the Mirage F.1 was decent but the A-10 was not. The MiG’s like this one and the 23 were ok, shape was ok, not perfect, cockpits very generic. So some work will need to be done to get it to look a bit better than what is in the kit. More to follow as the build gets started.