Soviet Backfire model in 1/72 scale made by Meindert de Vreeze
The Tupolev Backfire was a modern 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 with the Russian AF.
released a much better kit in 2009
|The ESCI model (Kit no. 9070) is
in-accurate in dimensional sense and outline. As no accurate information
was available at that time, ESCI had to use some basic information only
which resulted in a number of big errors in the kit.
I tried to correct the kit to have a better looking Backfire model in 1/72. However, it takes effort to do so, so how is it done?
The fuselage height in total fuselage length is far too heigh, 3 mm should be removed. A long cut is made on the upper fuselage parts to remove the plastic.
The nose contour needs to be far "rounder"
in cross section, so make cuts and bend round. Fill and sand the entire
highly modified fuselage until this is really smooth.
The rear fuselage section needs new exhaust pipes, Make a cut along the kit's parts, remove a section, bend round and glue.
The tailfin was reduced 6 mm
in height at the top.
The intakes should thus be corrected also to reflect the 3 mm reduction in height. This gives a far better appearance. They were also set at an LE angle downwards.
The wings are acceptable in plan view,
but the wing root itself should be moved 15 mm more aft. This requires
major surgery on the fuselage and the wing pivot at the root, cutting is
loose from the fuselage.
The cockpit wind screen can be used, but fill the lower part with putty to get a correct look. It requires some carefull looking at pictures and adjusting the position an look of this clear part.
The model was detailed with the cockpit hatches opened and adding ejection seats. Four were made and in addition, an U9-68 bomb rack was added below the fuselage.
The wing glove with the pivot is not so accurate, but can left as is. The main lower wheel bays should be kept in the same position as in the original part but lengthened 15 mm. Replace the m.u.c doors with larger ones.
The horizontal tail stabilizers are correct but were set 10 mm more to the rear. The nose undercarriage bay was moved 5 mm more aft and reduced 5 mm length. The nose wheels should be replaced with larger ones
The undercarriage legs are a bit too long and have to be detailed with the boogie installation. After a lot of modelling, the model was ready and much better than the original kit.
made is of the Backfire Tu-22 M-2 of Soviet Naval aviation, Ryazan Centre,
No. 49 RED of 1995. It has the straight intakes with canon in the
rear tail. See references listed below for more info
|A Soviet Backfire usually has a "blue"ish finish (Humbrol Hu-87 enamel )with white undercoat, so the model was sprayed. White antenna panels are located at the airframe. The aux doors at the intake were simulated with decals.
|Back to 1/72 jet models....
- Tupolev Blinder and Backfire, ALTAIR, Poland 1995, (includes excellent drawings)
- World Air Power, Summer 1998, Volume 33
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Created January 26, 2001