Soviet Blinder in 1/72 scale: modelling report using the ESCI kit by Meindert de Vreeze
|The Tupolev Blinder was a Soviet
bomber that was designed during the cold war. It served in huge numbers
in the former USSR, a limited number now still in service.
The Blinder appeared in various versions. ESCI from Italy issued a kit back in 1982, together with a "Backfire" kit. This was quite welcome as Soviet aircraft kits of such a large subject were at the time quite rare.
The ESCI model is in-accurate in dimensional sense. As no accurate information was available at the time, ESCI had to use some basic information only which resulted in a number of big errors in the kit.
NOTE: MODELSVIT has released a much better kit in 2016.
Surprisingly however, the kit can
be corrected to represent an accurate Blinder model in 1/72. However, it
takes effort to do so, but lets begin...
|The wings are very accurate in plan
view, only the main lower wheelbays need to corrected as reducing the aft
section onf the undercarriage doors. Also, the "cano's" were sanded to
be a little less blunt at the rear.
The fuselage nose contour needs refining as to make a more pintier impression.
The fuselage itself was lengthened
mm (1,2 inch) just before the wing ledaing edge.
The tailfin was reduced 6 mm in height.
The horizontal tail stabilizers were corrected to give a larger 4 degree sweep by removing root sections.
The undercarriage legs have to be detailed with the boogie installation. Use new nose wheels as the ESCI kit's nose wheels are far to small. The nose undercarriage bay was moved 10mm more aft and reduced 10 mm in length.
A Soviet Blinder is most striking
in a metal finish, so I sprayed 9at that time) various coats of Testor
metal paints, overcoating with Johnson Clear Varnish, re-spraying and adding
details with a paint brush. White panels are also scattered around the
Decals with the stars came from ESCI
kit and spare decal box.
The model was detailed with the interesting downwards firing ejection seats. Therefore, three openings were made and the interior detailed.
Three seats were made and in addition, a large Kitchen missile was added inside the lower midsection- fuselage.
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- Tupolev Blinder and Backfire, ALTAIR, Poland 1995, (includes excellent drawings)
- World Air Power, Summer 1998, Volume 33
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