Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum"
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MODELLING THE TRUMPETER MIG-29A "9.12"
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The Trumpeter MiG-29A "9.12" is the earlier Mig-29 type. The kit (no. 01674) costs about 22 Euro as it was released in 2016. The kit contains about 150 parts in the typical Trumpeter plastic. Everything is neat and beautifully engraved.
 
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parts
parts
partsparts
booklet
The instructions are fine with twin-coloured leaflets for the colour schemes and armament. 
leaflet
leaflet rear
The decals are for 2 schemes: a Hungarian gray aircraft of no.59 wing and a green camouflaged Russian aircraft as operated by No.120 GIAP with some nice colours. 
decals
The numerous smaller markings are also decals. The chaff dispensers for the vertical tail surfaces are separate components #F2 and F5. Very well done is the attachment of each horizontal stabilizer, a fine piece of modelling technology that offers also the stabilizers to be posed at an angle. 
 
Weapons, stores and pylons include two large wing fuel tanks of type PTB-1150. But probably these tanks as well the provided R-73 missiles never were used on an early MiG-29 version "9.12". But perhaps they were used for later modernized aircraft. The best way to find out is looking at a photo on the Internet or in a book depicting your desired model. Also in the kit are the more standard R-60 and R-27 missiles. A nice goodie here is the tow bar in the kit with quite some details. A welcome addition for the diorama modeller.
   
Unfortunately, the intake aux-doors on top of each main intake are molded "open" which is applicable only with the engine running on the ground or during takeoff.  
   
Here a photo of the real MiG... and an explanation drawing from a MiG-29 Flight manual
real
intake system
For a model suggesting a parked aircraft it is thus better to fill these open aux-doors with putty. It requires some work with sanding and the closed doors can be suggested a bit more with paint later on.  (Or add covers as done on the ICM model shown on page 2... ).
doors
In this kit the wing and upper fuselage is a single part so great for alignment. But there is a “slight step” at forward the wing-fuselage root joint. This step is not seen on photos of real MiG-29s (and also the ZVEZDA kit has a smooth area here). 
Here a real MiG-29 wing is shown..
flat area
 
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he difference between kit and real is not very big but still...  I improved this a bit which is not difficult to do.  
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junction
With a fine razor saw the front side of each wing half was cut in; Then I bended slightly up the wing section and bended down again the wing leading edge section. I glued the entire assembly, particularly in the middle. A little filler does the rest to get a smooth shape/curve. 
bend  
Note that this kit has the ailerons molded deflected which as such looks OK. 
junction
 

mbay

The main wheel bays in this kit are a bit too shallow. Therefore I opened them with a modeling knife before construction began.
opened up bays.
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The wheel bay box panels will be made of thin plastic sheet closing the tiny gaps with white glue.

Construction for the rest of the kit went well although some filler was needed here and there such as on the exhaust pipes and the radar nose. Some additional sanding was needed at the bottom of the lower engine fairings. Smaller details like undercarriage were not yet fitted at this stage.
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After the general assembly the model got a gray base coat with the airbrush to check for any flaws. This shows all irregularities and is a good primer for the final colors. Often I use Revell Aqua 75 "steingrau" acrylic paint, which is highly diluted with a mixture of distilled water and IPA (isopropyl alcohol). Any imperfections were corrected with a bit of filler and sanding.

The model was finished in a scheme of a special Polish MiG-29A aircraft. 
My modelling friend Bas gave me a CARACAL set CD72010 and it had a nice scheme for a MiG-29A "9-12" in memory of Polish pilot Pisarek. The indicated colors are FS36270 medium gray and dark gray FS36118 on top in a simple camouflage scheme. I assume these are equivalents of the actual colours of the real aircraft.
revell masking film
I airbrushed acrylic from Gunze Sangyo acrylic #306 FS36270. Next a bit of masking was done (I used Revell masking film) and than followed the FS36118 using Gunze Sangyo #305.  
mask
The CARACAL decals are nice but the big logo on the back was unfortunately 2 mm too wide in diameter (may be they were dimensioned it to a particular older kit). So I cut out very carefully around the round decal on the sides and then the decal was cut into three pieces and applied. 
emblem
On the model also the detail markings like the many stencils were applied with a mix of spare ZVEZDA and Trumpeter decals.
Final construction was now done such as the undercarriage, antennas and more.
The structure of the main undercarriage leg is shown a bit unclear. It has two parts and I did not achieve what Trumpeter suggests. Some rod was needed.
The dark gray antennas were not visible on the photos so they don’t need to be painted. But a small extra antenna was seen on the Polish MiG mounted on the spine. On the wing tips the small antennas are also molded in the kit and OK.  
The gun blast panel was painted aluminium. The wheel hubs were painted bright green using color Revell Aqua 364 "laubgrun".
exhausts
       
The exhausts were painted in various burned metal shades as well as the rear panels of the upper fuselage.

Pylons and stores were set on as desired. Small red and green anti-collision lights were painted. The mud guard behind the nose wheel was neat and was applied as per kit.
nose gear...reheat mirrors
The canopy as usual for this MiG-29 got 3 rear view mirrors from a etched metal set from REHEAT. The canopy frames inside and outside were also painted and I also added a few tiny decals to suggest the canopy sealing as sometimes seen on the real MiG.

A large number of "static dischargers" were now added as seen on a real MiG-29. They were made from very thin fishing line of 3 mm in length: 2 on each wing tip, 2 on each tail-end and two above each rudder. 
Below here the large fuel tanks are also seen installed as well as the stabilizers which are very good.
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That completed this very nice kit for a colourful Polish MiG-29.
 

MiG-29 Poland

poland map modern polish flag   poland roundel
 

The Polish air force was established at the end of World War One. Later on, several local designed aircraft were used such as from PZL. After the Second World War Poland became part of the Communist block "behind the iron curtain" and Warsaw Pact. Various Soviet aircraft were used including MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21 and MiG-29 Fulcrums as well as Sukhoi SU-20 and SU-22 bombers and many other types including the Polish PZL TS-11 Iskra trainer. 
After the collapse of the Soviet block in 1989-1991, Poland became really an independent democratic state again. For the "Polskie Sily Powietrzne" (Polish Air Force) in the 1990s some 10 additional MiG-29 were obtained from Czechia and the air force had dozens of MiG-29A, MiG-29UB and MiG-29G and as of 2017 some 30 are still active. Later starting from 2008 aircraft like the F-16 were obtained. 

poland forward view

rearview
 MiG-29A 9-12 "coded RED 56", in memory of Polish pilot Pisarek with special markings in 2012. This aircraft probably  flown by unit 23.BLT from 1996 until Sept 2016
side

poland

upview

side view poland

rear

upper
 .... and the model "posed in a realistic scene..."
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NOTE:  IPMS Nederland members can read my modelling report in Dutch in the IPMS NL Magazine MIP 2017-5

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