Mig-17 & Mig-15 UTI Conversion model in 1/32 scale
Trumpeter / Hobbycraft
The first area to be covered next are the cockpit areas of both kits.
The cockpit areas received bits and
pieces based on looking at pictures. The kit tub is a good starting point
for this. Especially the 4+ book is very useful on getting the details
right. I also used pictures I made myself in various museums.
The Mig ejection seats were the first
generation seats developed after the great "patriotic war" (after 1945).
These seats are very simple with merely a rocket fitted to some sort of
pilot carrying seat structure. I used the kit parts as starting point,
added some card and strip. I drilled out the area between the headrest
The instrument panels were made from card, the instruments faces drilled out. The card was painted black. I than added aft of the sheet thin acetate clear sheet. Next steps was to add the instruments aft of the clear sheet. These were obtained from a home-made instrument print from which I cut out various instruments.
Basically the Mig-15 and Mig-17 cockpits are quite identical. The main area to add details is aft on the side boxes on the right and adding details aft on the seat. Also, add the very prominent de-misting pipes near the cockpit edges and under the windscreen.
Special attention is needed aft of
the cockpit rear bulkhead. A sliding rail is present for the rear sliding
canopies. (on any Mig). This was made from Slater strip. Also, there are
plates with punched out weight saving holes in the canopies themselves.
These were made from card.
Below, the Mig-15UTI rear sliding
canopy can be seen (in fact a part of the FT-5 kit); it also needed
some extra details, including a vertical structure made with rod.
The legs got some brake piping from thin wite and I added some detail in the main bays. These consists mainly on wires and piping with some structural stiffeners.
1. The Mig-15 UTI lower trailing edge
flaps (parts #B15 + B18) were added. These have some detail moulded in
which is adequate. I only added some sliding rails that are needed for
6. The wing tanks on the Mig-15 are
usable but need some correction; first, fill the small locator gaps with
white glue (and paint) as the tanks should be slightly positioned
more outboard. Also, their angle relative to the wing is incorrect. Cut
off 1 mm from the brace parts #C30. Add a 2 mm high piece of round rod
on the rear stub; in fact this you can see on the real plane also! The
tank will not be more horizontal.
After completing these steps, the models got a matt coat using a combination of Johnson Future and Tamiya matting agent ; look here how....
After final finishing, add an antenna wire from thin fishing wire between the vertical fin and the forward right fuselage area. Please note that the wire ends at the fuselage (and not on the blade areal #C48).
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