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Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

The present situation in the Ukraine has impacted many of us far more than we might have imagined. This Group Build is therefore a celebration of the positive impact the Ukraine has had upon our modelling world. A build of any kit from a Ukrainian manufacturer is welcome here. A build of any Ukrainian subject, irrespective of the origin of the kit, is also most welcome. For obvious reasons, the one limitation is that the build does NOT feature any weapons involved in the current conflict. If in doubt, just ask.
Runs from 20 March 2022 to 31 December 2022.
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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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rmasu wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 19:51
I think wheels doors and interior should be white? ..
https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/ind ... 2-blinder/
maybe FS36495 a very light gray used in undersides of early f-18 ?
Comparing the radome and underside white patches with the undercarriage, I'm still going for a very pale grey. (There's a marked difference between the two).

Thanks for the interest, guys and now it's time to stop procrastinating and time to start some actual modelling...
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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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For starters, I know full well that it is a 'short-run' kit, using basic tech and that some modelling input is likely to be required.
I note that the sprue gates intrude on all mating surfaces;

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Basically, this means that extra care and attention will be needed with those aforementioned 'mating surfaces'. ;)

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...Especially when some of the flash does a good impression of being part of the actual kit piece;

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The first instruction was to chop off the housing for the radar and rear gun, in preparation for a simpler affair;

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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The instructions would have me join all of the port-side fuselage pieces together and then all of the starboard side pieces, thus giving me two complete fuselage halves to put together, as with a more 'normal' kit.
However, looking at how the different fuselage pieces might not fit nicely...

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...I've decided to build each section of the fuselage seperately, starting with the mid-/rear portion.

It doesn't help when I can see that the tools actually slipped during the moulding process. Someone wasn't paying attention back in the factory;

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Seam lines, flash and a slipped tool!
Nice. :roll:

So I have to build the bomb bay, before I can close up the two mid-fuselage sections. The instructions are not very clear re the positioning of the wing spar against that piece I just showed you previusly;

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However, I did recognise it as a wing spar and I also noticed some slots in the fuselage that it's supposed to slide through;

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Obviously, with all that flash, they needed opening up a tad, but I was then able to fix the wing spar in place, temporarily ignoring the bomb bay;

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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Here's the assembled bomb bay and note that I had to scratch a clamp, 'cos one was badly short-shot;

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And here's the bay now in place in the fuselage half, snugged up tight against that wing spar;

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I've added some tabs of scrap plastic, to facitate a nice, strong join when I finally get around to joining fuselage sections together;

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Another sub-assembly was the rear 'bumper', although the parts didn't really match the instructions;

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I worked it out, though...

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Often, with short-run kits, you expect the interior fittings to be too big for the model, with the insides preventing a proper closure of the outsides.
Whilst a quick dry-fitting pleasantly surprised me underneath;

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The view from above didn't disappoint;

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There's a bulkhead in there that needs some 'surgery'!
I now have a relatively complete fuselage section, (the tap is holding things together until my glue sets);

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There are now two sets of closed doors that need inserting

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Because of my chosen method, I had an open fuselage section to work with, so it was easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy...

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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Here's that simplified tail cone that I made earlier;

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In place;

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With that section of the fuselage relatively complete, it's now time to move onto the forward section.
There's a nose-gear sub-assembly to build and this is almost a kit in itself...
On the instructions, I noted the need for holes.
Whilst these were not evident on the inside of the bay walls, they were shown on the outside...so, have been totally flashed over, I needed to drill 'em out;

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These are the pieces for the nose-gear...

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That's a standard tinlet lid, just so you can see how silly...er...'challenging' things can get. Still...this is a 1/144 Forum after all...

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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For a bit of respite, methinks I'll now play with something huge, like the engines!

Obviously, it is beyond the capabilities of Mikr-Mir to produce half tubes, so I have to do so...

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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Looking good. That nose gear is bonkers! I remember on the Mikromir Valiant it’s similarly complicated - added to which the instructions aren’t the easiest to interpret. I definitely ended up with a handful of etch which I was none the wiser what to do with.

Still this is coming on leaps and bounds. I’m building the C-133 from Roden and they have the same arrangement of four fuselage halves (if you follow). I’m also ignoring the instructions and doing as you have done here.

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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“That nose gear is bonkers!” - I second that statement! I’ve recently built two kits (Roden B307 Stratoliner & MikroMir Yak-23) with undercarriage components very true to scale. Makes for a lovely model if you can actually assemble them but not too confident that they can support the weight long term.

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Re: Merlin Plays a Blinder; The Mikr Mir Tu-22UD (2018)

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What I do is checking scalemates for instruction manuals of other (larger)models for the painting instructions...

On my Tu-160. It was a neutral grey or the like.

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