MiG-23 model in 1/32 scale of TRUMPETER CHINA
review / modelling report
MiG-23UB two seater (in former DDR) and the MF "HELL FIGHTER" scheme which I photographed at Kbely
The Mikoyan MiG-23 is a fighter-attack aircraft designed in the Soviet Union (USSR) in the early 1960's with first flight in 1967. It is special in design as it has a swivel wing that can be moved back and forth to change wing sweep depending on flight speed. A single big R-29 engine provides thrust so that the maximum speed is around 23oo km/hr.
Production started in 1970 and over probably 5000 MiG-23 's were manufactured in various variants such as the UB two seater. The NATO used the code name "FLOGGER" for the type. A special version is a dedicated ground attack version, the MiG-27 with a different nose and other intakes and other differences.
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The devil on
the tail lost nearly all its red paint.
This plane is
a MiG-23 MF Flogger, which has the longer finbase and some smaller
changes as compared to the Trumpeter ML kit.
The kit box top is seen here of the 1/32 Trumpeter kit of the Mikoyan Mig-23 ML Flogger G, kitbox no. 03210.
It is an excellent kit with lots of parts and many many stores. It has about 550 parts on more than 30 sprues in light grey, clear sprues and also an etched metal fret and metal parts for the undercarriage legs and (what I don't like) four rubber tyres as well.
Not all parts are needed for this FLOGGER-G, so Trumpeter will issue slightly different kits as well. Also, many parts are for the stores, of which there is a lot of them. I wish Trumpeter did not provide that many as 80% is often unused. The kit could be a bit cheaper I guess with less stores.
The parts have nice fine panel lines and good surface details. Also, the shape of the kit in a general sense looks great and the minor errors can be corrected, see this modelling report on how. As will be discovered, the fit is OK although filler is needed in some areas.
Also many stencils are provided and
lots of markings for the stores.
The kit is pretty good, but as always, some improvements can be made.
The most noticeable differences of
the MF as compared to the kit Mig-23 ML Flogger G are:
OK, let us
start the build!
The cockpit looks good with a number of decals for the instrument consoles and instrument panels. There are numerous raised details. A sliding throttle handle is missing on the left side wall, I added one from sprue. Also, some extra wires and cables were added.
The ejection seat includes several
parts and there are two different seats in the kit (not seen in the instructions).
The cockpit tub was set in the nose
The interior was given first a base
coat of green, later the partiucular typical green/blue colour of Soviet
planes will be sprayed on with the airbrush. Note the added detail like
the sliding throttle in white plastic.
For the splitter plates two perforated
Photoi Etched parts are there as well. They can be used. But first, the
splitter plates have some shape inaccuracies. From card some triangles
were made, seen on the right. On the left seen installed. Some putty and
sanding made things smooth and more better looking.
The wing swivel mechanism is OK as
seen in Step 7 , but I needed to make the holes a bit wider with a file
in part C15 to get a smoother operation.
Next, the fuselage was assembled with
the ducts as per instructions (Steps 8, 9, and following).
The intake colours are unclear, I
settled for light grey later on.
The main gear bays can be detailed
later, so installed at this point.
Wing assembly was straight forward as seen in Steps 5 and 6 of the instructions. The leading edge slats and trailing edge flaps are separate parts. Usually the Mig-23 is seen on the ground with wings swept aft, so the trailing edge flaps need to be set "up" for this model.
The GSh-23 twin barreled gun pack
for under the fuselage aft the nose gear bay is provided including the
ammunition boxes. When retracted, not a lot is seen on the interior.
Further assembly was done and mating the nose and rear fuselage.
As seen here some putty is needed at the junctions
The vertical fin is seen here, and at the base some putty and sanding is needed as well. Please note that the MF has a longer dorsal fin, not seen yet in this picture.
NOTE: TRUMPETER now has issued this variant as well as kit no. 03209 of the MF. If you buy this kit, this will reduce the conversion work
The vertical fin rear parahousing doors are kept open, just for fun.
The overall assembly is seen here.
Next, some details were added in the
main gear bays made from wire and sprue.
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