1/72 scale kits of the MiG-23 and MiG-27 family (NATO "Flogger")
review / modelling report
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Kit #1621 from 1993 is for a MiG-23S "Flogger-B" as quoted by Academy. It looks very similar to kit #12455 but some parts have different numbers and look slightly different. It has the vertical tail with dorsal fin and the thick radar nose.
The kit itself is very basic and the
cockpit is a basic seat "hump" with a floor and no side consoles and no
As noted for the MiG-27D, it seems that the nose section looks inaccurate. So similarly as described above, another RV Aircraft spare nose was crafted on this model.....
Another extra was replacing the Academy kit vertical tail with a spare one from an RV Aircraft kit #72019 using part #18. NOTE: I made an error by using the kit boundary layer splitter plates for the Academy kit , so now had to make new ones from plastic card. I used the RV kit intake parts are template.
And similarly with the horizontal
stabilizer, using RV Aircraft #72019 spares. These replacement parts have
nice recessed panel lines.
This model was made in a scheme of a MiG-23MS of the Sudan air force seen in the book "Soviet and Russian Military aircraft" in Africa (see references) shows a drawing on page 236. These aircraft were delivered by Khadaffi's Libya and I used old Sudan style roundels found in the decal spares box.
Colours to be airbrushed used were:
The nose section radar "demarcation" line was set more forward and painted to suggest the simpler nose and the nose pitot configuration adapted.
The model was ready for the decals,
but first a couple of gloss coats were added with my
usual technique. The Sudan AF markings came from the decal spares box.
[ initially as one Sudan: 2,500,000 sq.km | between 25 - 35 million inhabitants ? | capital: Khartoum ][ now "north" Sudan 1,880,000 sq.km | between ]
The former British colony Sudan was the biggest country in Africa. Some local aircraft were in the 1950s C-47, Provosts and Pembrokes in this British region. In 1961 the just independent country turned to the Communist Block for economic cooperation and after an military coup in 1969, Soviet aircraft were starting to be delivered. Also the relations with China were strengthened. In 1987, a dozen of MiG-23 including MS aircraft and a UB were delivered that came from Khadaffi's Libya up North. The country was divided with a civil war with a separate South Sudan declared independent in 2011. Local conflicts are still ongoin.
The MiG-23MS is shown in a Sudan scheme.
Zvezda MiG-27 (kit# 7228) kit
This kit from Russia looks fine, but
there are quitre some issues as it is rather basic. In the cockpit only
the "floor" and main panel #38A was installed at this stage. Here the parts
The kit's panel lines are "raised"
but I did not bother to rescribe these as the model would get a camouflage
paint scheme. And it has the small splitter plates, the simple MiG-27 shorter
exhaust and as separate parts the LERX: extended wing root glove for a
The scheme choosen now was for the Cuba air force (" Defensa Anti-A?rea Y Fuerza A?rea Revolucionaria") using the Aztec decal set 72-049.
I had to interpret the Cuban colours
and using for years now acrylic paints, choose the following:
Masking was obviously needed using
low tack tape and paper.
Discovered too late, I had to saw
off these LERX bits. I than used a lot of putty to get a straight leading
edge at the wing glove as all other MiG-23 versions have.... Now it was
Next came the decals, but first two gloss coats of Johnson Future were airbrushed at very low pressure ( 0,8 bar) at a mininum nozzle-model distance of 20 cm. Wait 30 minutes between each coat application.
The Aztec decals went on fine.
I used a PAVLA resin KM-1 seat
from set S72010 and completed the interior with some spare "instrument"
"America's back yard", the first military aircraft in Cuba were
Curtiss trainers in 1917 and some DH.4 bomber biplanes. A hurricane
destroyed many of these in 1926 and not earlier than the mid thirties
that a small Army aviation and navy aviation was established with WACO
and Stearman aircraft. After the war, in 1948 some P-51 Mustangs and
B-25 Mitchells were obtained. The first jets were T-33's from
1955 by the Fuerza Aerea Ejercito de Cuba.
Fidel Castro became active with guerillas in that period and March 1959 the existing Batista regime over thrown and a Socialist regime established and support from the Soviets announced. (The USA still had and has their Guantanamo Bay base). The Cuban "Defensa Anti-Aérea Y Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria" got their first MiG-15 in 1961. The first of the MiG-17 were obtained in 1964.The first MiG-21 starting with the F13 arrived in Cuba end September 1962 in utmost secrecy. Many more followed and these hundreds of MiG-21 formed the back bone of the Cuban air force for many years.
> For more information about Cuba look on the MiG-21 page here...
MiG-23BN , code 723, l/n 8542 that also flew from Santa Clara, Cuba
Italeri MiG-27M (kit #075)
This kit originally comes from Zvezda of Russia which has a number of MiG-23 kits in 1/72 scale. But here the Italeri kit box top shows the peculiar LERX "extended wing root gloves" of the "M" and this is nice! A lot of comments as noted with the Zvezda kit as described above. This kit was made in a similar fashion and all parts are better separate from the sprues with a razor saw to avoid damage.
Main parts assembly was done simply
as per kit instructions.
A very nice photo was found on the
internet of a Kazachstan Air Force MiG-27M.
Light blue lower surfaces: AKAN
73008 acrylic: applied first also not forgetting the doors and pylons.
The model was ready for the decals, but first a couple of gloss coats were added with the usual technique.
Some decals came from a SU-25
set from "Authentic decals" 72-47 to get the Kazachstan markings.
These decals are very thin, so better put on top a coat of Microscale Decal
Film to keep each decal in one piece.
The main wheels have "holes" to fit the main gear legs, but I found these pegs to pose an inaccurate look as with the Zvezda kit. This was adapted to get a correct "sit". Also, there are 2 types of main gear doors. The nose wheel doors #2C and 3C have small bulges which is correct. The nose wheels have here no mud guards so some spare wheels from a RV Aircraft kit were used.
Also, an extra pitot tube on the nose was set in place. The laser window did not fit in the nose, MicroScale Kristal Clear did the job. The various blade antenna's are way too thick, replace with plastic card.
From an ICM 1/72 missile set, an Air-to-Air R27 missile and two FAB500 bombs were set in place. On the intakes, red protection covers made from thin card were set.
The model got a final semi-matt coat
with the usual technique.
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