1/72 scale Revell kit of the Mikoyan 1.44 test aircraft
review / modelling report
Mikoyan design bureau designed this fighter aircraft as Project 1.44/1.42 (also known as the MiG-MFI and NATO reporting name "Flatpack"). It was envisaged as the next generation Multifunctional Frontline Fighter as an answer to the American F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter . Work started way back in the mid 1980s but due to financial problems first flight was probably not earlier than mid nineties. The prototype was first revealed in the Western magazines January 1999. It showed large canards and an internal weapons bay to have some stealth characteristics. It is intended to have high super cruise capabilities with two Lyulka Al-41 engines. It is unknown if in the prototype actually a radar was fitted.
The parts and detailing are simple but OK for this scale. The plane is a rather clean design and so is this kit, it is also pretty bigger than I expected.
Parts lay out is seen here...
The model has two vertical forward
fuselage split and a rear horizontal wing-fuselage split. There is NO actual
intake ducting, I simple added some card but not a lot can be seen through
the intake. Engine compressors faces are provided and a set of good
The model got a basic grey primer coat first.
The next painting instructions are in Revell mixed colour recipes. I settled using these colours:
Upper colour light grey Gunze Sangyo
308 acrylic being approx Fed.Std 36375
The insides of the bays and doors were painted metal aluminium, although I am not sure if this is correct. Two simple decal options are provided. The model was given a coat of Johnson Future gloss before adding the decals.
The model finish was kept rather clean
as this is a new prototype aircraft using kit decals were used as per instructions
Only minor stains were added in selected
areas. Some grey panels were added such as on nose and wing tips.
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