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Tupolev Tu-16 - OKB-144

From Napoleon’s campaigns in Egypt and Syria in 1798 and the Crimean War in 1853, there have been many wars fought in desert regions. Any of the conflicts involving desert warfare are fair game here, and builds may include anything related to the topic. This Group Build is sure to provide a high level of diversity!
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Tupolev Tu-16 - OKB-144

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Some years ago I've got this kit as part of a trade with my friend Lucas Rizzi. No box and the instructions have no mention of the manufacturer brand. Some research on scalemates revealed that it is made by a russian company called OKB-144.
My first impression was that it would be a tough build so it was kept in storage until now.
I plan to build it as an Iraq or Egyptian machine. Or even a Soviet one used in Afghanistan. It will all depend on which decals I will be able to source or print myself. And also if any modification would be needed. I still need to do some research.

But here is the contents of the kit:

The fuselage and wings are injected in a milky white plastic. Thick sprues and lots of flash.
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Other parts are injected in a greyish plastic. Very rigid, but there are some thin recessed panel lines visible.
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Transparent parts are thick but not too bad.
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Decals don't inspire a lot of confidence. The red color seem a little off, kind of pinkish. There is also a photo-etched sheet.
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The 4-page instructions:
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It definitely will not be an easy build.
After just some quick cleaning I tried to dry-fit some parts. Will need a lot more cleaning...
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Chapeau for tackling this one! It's like making a Mustang, Hellcat, Wildcat etc from the old Revell kits instead of one of the much better new Platz or Sweet kits.
But can be very rewarding, and the Badger sure is a beautiful plane.
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ID19 wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 13:36
Chapeau for tackling this one! It's like making a Mustang, Hellcat, Wildcat etc from the old Revell kits instead of one of the much better new Platz or Sweet kits.
But can be very rewarding, and the Badger sure is a beautiful plane.
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I agree. I like the nostalgia of some old kits. I have several of the reissues from the old Revell kits in my stash. My first kit was one of these when I was 7 years old.

But this russian kit is something different as I never built anything like that as a child. 😄

The different types of plastic used will probably give me trouble when glueing the parts together.

I spent some more time cleaning the parts. I used a round file to thin the lips around the air intakes and exhausts. The shape of the intake seems different from what I saw in some pictures of the real aircraft, but I don't know if I would be able to fix it.

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I've seen OKB kits on evilBay before but never seen one out of its box. All that delicious flash does remind me of some other brands from the same part of the planet. As Fritz said, there's an element of choosing a Revell Micro Wings P-51D over its modern Platz/Eduard counterpart here. But these builds can prove more rewarding in the long run, the logic being that you'd expect a Silk Purse from the Platz/Eduard kit but not from the elderly Revell one. And you acquire so many more skills along the way. ;)
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Thanks for the comments, guys.
I have been slowly progressing.
I pondered if it would be worth applying the internal PE parts as they will probably be invisible after closing the model, but decided for it anyway. Glueing PE parts seems to be really hard for me. I am developing a real aversion to PE...
But in the end it seems to have worked.
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Closing the top and bottom parts of the wing stub was also not so easy. The fit was pretty bad. I spent a couple of evenings sanding the seams. It seems to be fine now. And at least some of the PE parts will be visible from the air intake. 😊
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Then I started working on the main fuselage. There is no cockpit detail and my initial idea was to just paint it that russian blue green color. I think that the thick clear parts and the small windows would not allow much of the interior to be seen.
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But, I could not resist adding a rudimentary cockpit.
I will add some simple seats and crew. I plan to pose it in-flight as I think the landing gear provided in the kit is not that great.
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I have also been doing some research on decals. I could not find anyone who makes 1/144 decals for the Iraqi or Egyptian Tu-16. So I will try to print my own.
First test printing on a normal sheet to assess and adjust the size. I am also printing some markings for my Mirages.
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Size seems to be fine.
I will print these in white decal paper and I am also preparing another set of markings to be printed in the transparent sheet.

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There's some real good craftmanship going on! Eager to see your progress - and I absolutely share your feelings towards PE parts . . . :twisted:
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I spent quite some time sanding, sanding and sanding, just to make the stub fit into the fuselage. When I was finally able to make it slide into the opening, I see that the upper surface of the stub does not follow the same curve as the fuselage cut.
Maybe I sanded too much...
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I will have to insert some styrene pieces there to fill the gap.

The good news is that as I was checking my spare decals folder, I found a sheet I have bought several years ago. It was a sheet made in Brazil with mid-Eastern markings in 1/72. The egyptian roundels seem off center but the Iraqi triangles and Arabic numbers seem usable and the size seems ok for the Tu-16.
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It is an old sheet so I will coat it with a decal film first, just to be sure .

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Looking much better now:
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I filled the big gaps with strips of plastic, some putty and then I sanded, sanded and sanded.
I started preparing the wings and I can see that the wing-fuselage connection will also be troublesome. I think I will need to make a hole and insert something to use as an alignment pin.

Some progress on the cockpit too. Pictures later.

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Here is the cockpit. It is not perfect, but I don't think much will be visible when the canopy is in place. I just want to create the illusion that there is something inside.
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And the crew is being prepared. These are N scale railroad figures. I will probably need to cut their legs to fit in the cockpit.
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