Chinese aircraft models in 1/72 scale
Chinese aircraft are becoming more and more subjects of plastic model kits. This is also a large contribution of the Chinese kit brand TRUMPETER, who issued a lot of kits during recent years including those of chinese aircraft types. The Trumpeter kits are getting better and better.
Many models are of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (China) and Chengdu. Called after the city in the North of China where traditionally aircraft were being built, this manufacturing plant started with copies of Soviet types like the Mikoyan Mig-17 and Mig-19 during the Cold War and later also starting developing their own aircraft types. Nowadays, the company not only builds military aircraft, but aslo supplies components for commercial aircraft to major aircraft builders in Europe, North America and China.
This is a Chinese single-seat twin-engined air superiority fighter, with secondary capability for ground attack. Development started way back in 1964 ! However there were many development problems and the type went into service with the PLAAF much later, the numbers being unknown. PLA Air Force operates probably this type in 4 regiments.
It has one 23 mm Type 23-3 twin-barrel cannon in an underfuselage pack immediately aft of nosewheel doors. Also pylons are fitted below the delta wing, capable of carrying various stores and fueltanks.
Max speed is
claimed to be about MACH 2.2 but this seems a bit a too high...
References: website of Janes
A couple of drawings were discovered:
At 1/72 Scale the length is 295mm
and wingspan 130mm, and the Trumpeter kit matches with these figures.
Accuracy seems OK, which indicates
Trumpeter had access to a real plane. Detailling is as can be expected
for a kit at this scale but is not exceptional but with good undercarriage,
panels and exhaust pipes which are of enough depth. You may add some extra
details in the cockpit area. Stores are fuel tanks and chinese type PL-8
? missiles. The plane is rather "clean".
The kit was made straight out of the box. Only limited amounts of putty filler were needed, but nothing uncommon for the average modeller.
Overall, this is a model of a unusual
The overall model was assembled, sprayed
light grey to check voor any surface imperfections. After some minor correction
with putty, it was given a mat white and than gloss white coat with the
Badger 150 airbrush. The exhaust area was given a coat of metallic. The
nose, fin leading edge and gear wheel hubs were painted green. The nose
wheel leg has some blue areas.
Decals are very nice, although I feel a bit oversize, especially the special markings. Application of the decals went OK. Cockpit hood was set open and the model was ready.
2. Chengdu J-10 "New generation fighter"
Chengdu J-10 is a modern fighter which as similar design features as the
latest Western types like the Typhoon. It has canard, delta like wing and
central rectangular intake. Development
started back in 1980 and there were numerous problems resulting in several
"redesigns" during the project, with the prototype being flown not earlier
than 1997! The project also uses foreign
technology, from Russia and probably from Israel also.
Parts have fine recessed panels and look OK. Cockpit interior is simple so cries for some extra details. You also get some parts for the PL-8 AAM and PL-10 AAM missiles and fueltanks.
The model is quite good and assembly was straight forward. However I added a tunnel / intake so removed the vertical walls in the intakes (in parts A1 / B22). In the middle of the intake, a triangular piece of card was added to suggest 2 intake tunnels.
some filler was needed and take care to get the wing-fuselage joint well
are vague, I made the plane with several grey shades. Used were Humbrol
147 for H57.73 (about FS 36495) and Humbrol 127 for H308/308 (about FS
36375). The missiles seem to be white and the nose black. The lower
scheme shown by Trumpeter on instructions page 8 seems OK. The undercarriage
legs were painted white. An Badger model 150 airbrush was used to apply
The few decals
went on fine after a coat of Johnson Future was applied to give it a gloss
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