GoT (Game of Tupolev: Tu-22m3)

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  • david leigh-smith said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Fantastic work, Aleks – keep the updates coming.

  • Greg Kittinger said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Phenomenal detail in that cockpit! Seeing that almost cost me my mojo!!! Wonderful work.

  • Josh Patterson said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:

    I like the NeoMega pit! I have one for the Airfix Viggen and it is also nice, but your seats look much busier! I noticed the console between the rear seaters on the real plane. Some kind of gunship grey strategically dribbled down the side of the console! Yours looks great all painted up, I just wish they would put it out in 1/48. (And a Blinder!)

  • Aleksandar Sekularac said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Thank you all guys, really!

    Greg, don’t let go of the Mojo, man! “Got to keep on risin’,” to steal words from late Jim Morrison. I’d rather have the oblivion take me than to be know as the Mojo killer…;)

    Josh, many of the samples on display have important equipment removed from the cockpit. I know the panel you are talking about. Yes, the carefully applied paint drippings from the kitchen tray they used to close gutted central panel of the rear cockpit may be misleading…

    1:48 scale Tu-22m3 would be an impressive piece of model! But I have my hands full with this 1:72 version, thank you very much. With the base and vehicles, it will take some serious shelf space. So far, it’s the biggest model I worked on… emphasis is on so far…. 🙂


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  • paul teixeira said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    I think the resin cockpit pieces are the coolest, most complete resin parts I have ever seen in 1/72. I want to build this model just so I can use those parts. Must be a lot of fun working and finishing those parts. really make all that detail just pop. Cockpit will look so busy just like a real aircraft!

  • david leigh-smith said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Aleks, you are no mojo killer, this work is an inspiration.

  • Aleksandar Sekularac said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Hello friends,
    Front segment of the Tupolev bomber fuselage is assembled by now and work on seams and surface details begun.
    As the main landing gear bays from the previous post drew focus toward the rear, work has progressed on the armament, which in this case will consists solely of missiles. Of the two long-range cruise missiles carried under the wing, Kh-22  “Buria”,  one will be mounted on the pylon, with the other still waiting on the trolley. I used the separate Amodel kit of this missile and the trolley, as it is far more accurate than the pair offered by Trumpeter, and for the other missile I chopped the pair from the box into one that resembled the example by Amodel.  I also decided to configure them slightly differently to one another, as this would add more interest to the model and can be actually seen on some archival photos.
    Additionally, the central weapons bay will be loaded with six hypersonic missiles Kh-15, on a revolving launcher, but more on this next time…

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  • Aleksandar Sekularac said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Hello all,

    In the beginning of this project I considered to close the main weapons bay, as it will be near to impossible to see it on a finished diorama, but the sheer joy of detailing this interesting area of the model persuaded me to do otherwise.

    Mental note: consider putting a small mirror insert on a diorama base…

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  • david leigh-smith said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Un. Believable. This is a beautiful piece of modeling, Aleks. Just fantastic. I love the detail, the paintwork, the whole nine yards.

  • Aleksandar Sekularac said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Cheers David! The guys in the OKB will be very happy…;)

  • David Hansen said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Wow Aleks…..
    I don’t know what impresses me more: The scope of the subject, the extra effort going into adding the extra details, or the execution of the construction basics and paint work. All breathtaking! I don’t think i have the required amount of focus and discipline to see such a project through from beginning to end.

    When i saw the resin cockpit parts i thought o myself, “well, they look impressive, but how hard will they be to paint up?”. And then i saw the finished seats. And then i saw the finished cockpit parts. And then i saw the finished cockpit parts in the fuselage.

    I had to laugh when you mentioned the “Easter Eggs of Inaccuracies” scattered throughout the kit. With Trumpeter, it seems like when they take on most subjects they get you about 90% of the way there, and then they just take a combination of wacky guesses and shortcuts on the remaining 10%. So frustrating.

    I really dig the work you put into the weapons bay. Speaking as someone who just finished a Tomcat for a former VF-32 RIO, all i can say is the Navy took the Backfire *Very* seriously, and they’re glad that they never had to try to knock one down with the Phoenix missile system. The Phoenix has to work every time; A Backfire has to get lucky only once.

    I look forward to more 🙂

  • Aleksandar Sekularac said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Hi David,

    Thank you much for your kind words! 🙂

    It makes me very happy that you guys find my work inspirational. This motivational boost is essential in keeping the discipline – as you mentioned. It is quite a challenge on a marathon project like this not to start cutting corners.

    I will be now signing off for about two weeks – the OKB is closed for the summer vacation!


  • Aleksandar Sekularac said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Greetings all!
    If one was ever to question relativity of time, one should do this simple experiment: spend some days laying on a Mediterranean beach under a shade, enjoying the sound of the surf and going for a swim occasionally, drink an iced-coffee and repeat. Make an effort to position your sun-bed in such a fashion that your head and shoulders are in shade, lower body is in the sun and your preferred foot is splashed by waves. Then, spend same number of days as before in front of a monitor, in a hot room with homeopathic ventilation that makes your fingertips stick to the keyboard and computer fans complaining loudly at any effort by the CPU. Do you now agree that the time is relative? No? Then DON’T ever go to the seaside again, as you are clearly a robot and sea salt may damage your circuitry.
    Anyways, the summer vacation is over and I am back in the saddle… or in front of the screen as it were… Temperatures are high as a kite with no indications of coming down any time soon. With those beaches now behind me and the mountain slopes with snowy pillows still somewhere beyond the horizon of the winter to come, what am I to do?
    Ah, yes there’s that Tu-22m3 skulking on my desk, waiting for attention. Well then, if I am sweating, let’s make it count! Inspired by the heatwave, I decided to tackle the hot end of the airplane – the huge jet-exhausts of the Tupolev. Equipped with photo-etched set from Armory, some tools, burnishing fluid and a lot of patience I went to work…

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  • david leigh-smith said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Fantastic work, Aleks – great to have you back.

  • Greg Kittinger said 2 months, 2 weeks ago:

    Ok – mojo officially evaporated into stardust when I saw what you did with those exhausts. Simply phenomenal! And the ordnance work – beautiful too. I can’t wait to see the whole package – no more vacations until you’re done!

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