Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:13

Just as F-Rsin are now making injection-moulded versions of their kits, Welsh are going to be using more resin.
Their Jetstreams sell out fairly quickly and the Varsity is well nice.
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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby smeg1959 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 21:44

Cost is the killer for me. The Aussie dollar is now only worth 47p, so the vast majority of Welsh kits are well in excess of $AUS60. Even the EDO floats to convert a C-47 to an XC-47C will set me back 30 bucks and that doesn't include postage. Could be worse - the straight XC-47C kit would set me back over $AUS75, again not including postage! Whilst on the Dakota, I noticed that Welsh now include a model of the XCG-17 glider which is simply a C-47 with its engine cowling removed and replaced with rounded fairings. As it is only the pair of fairings that set this apart from the routine Dak, I can see Welsh adding these to its conversion sets in the not-too-distant. Of course, these could be relatively straightforward scratched bits ... :idea:
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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby Jonathan » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:57

In any case, Mikr Mir has chosen a wonderful subject and everyone should have one.
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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:08

When MM first released the UT-1 trio then the Yak 11, we all thought, "Good, someone who is going to fill some of those many gaps in 1/144 Russian aviation". Based on the fact that almost all of the company's releases in 1/72 and 1/48 are VVS aircraft, that was a fair assumption. However, it then pulled a British bunny out of the hat with the Valiant and followed up with the Beverley. Now here's a company that definitely plays by its own rules and isn't swayed by what might sell squillions. From the MM website ...
"MikroMir is the company created modelers with years of experience to meet the creative needs of the brothers in the hobby. A distinctive feature of our company is production of scale models of rare custom-made military equipment. MikroMir team is ready to please you with new products, at least quarterly. Stay with us!"

More power to them, Brothers (and Sisters, of course)! It does make you wonder what's next on the list ... :?: :?: :?:
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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby MerlinJones » Mon Oct 19, 2015 13:36

Argosy.
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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby smeg1959 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:52

The Yak 23 is the most probable next release. Then the Argosy ... here's hoping.

And re: the Beverley, skip to the bottom of this page to see the beastie completed ... well almost completed. Very nice indeed.
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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby BigReg » Mon Mar 05, 2018 14:02

Having just completed the Beverley as part of the RAF group build here are some pointers that might help those building the model.
Read the instructions carefully, I didn't, after all I built my first model in 1956. I should have read the instructions
Page one shows that part of the trailing edge and root of the wing needs to be trimmed, I found I needed to be little more drastic than the instructions suggest. The edges of the instrument panel and rear bulkhead need a lot of cutting back to allow the fuselage hales to meet.
Micro Mir supply the cooling fans as discs they will need to sanded pretty hard to allow the cowlings to fit. Note that the engine nacelles are handed. I cut them all off the sprue and made a complete dog's dinner of it. :evil: :twisted:
The props are a 'mare the spinners need filing out and the 'teeth' on the back plate need to be cut back, dry fit and trial and error needed here.
The stub wing that steadies the undercarriage leg will have to have its location pins trimmed and the axles reduced in diameter to allow the wheels to fit. Also the location hole in the bottom of the wing is far too small. Only an idiot could manage to get one of the legs round the wrong way. :(
The cockpit and nose glazing are nice and clear and have really good masks supplied. Thats the Good News. Bad News is that they are too large. The nose glazing is a quick fix, just sand back the fuselage at the rear and top of the aperture. The cockpit sits WAY to high. I sanded mine back but no where enough there should only be a sliver of framing at the bottom of the windscreen.

I actually enjoyed this model and it looks impressive, I am disappointed I didn't sort the canopy and may revisit it again before she takes a place in my cabinet.

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Re: Mikr Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverley

Postby ajmm » Mon Mar 05, 2018 14:22

So helpful, all noted and bookmarked for my build - thanks David.

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