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Tu-95 MS, Trumpeter 1/72 kit #01601, OOB Review and Build
Posted by Jeff Head on Monday, January 4, 2016 10:42 AM

My Review and Build of Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Kit #01601,
Tu-95 MS Russian Bomber


Last updated: January 4, 2016 - Main landing gear, noise landing gear, propellers



Introduction - Tupulov Tu-95 MS Fighter/Bomber

The Tu-95 is the longest in service Russian aircraft in their inventry. Like the US Air Force B-52 bomber, the Tu-95 design was so good and so versatile, that althugh it was designed and put into service in 1956, it is still in service today, approaching 60 years later.

To speak to how good and long lasting this aircraft is, one need only note the various US aircraft that have been used to intercept the Tu-95 over the years as it has been used to shadow US Navy forces, or to skirt the edges of, and some times enter into US (or its allies) air space.

The list reads like a who's who in US aircraft inventory.

There was the F-8 Crusader, the F-102 Delta Dart and the F-106 Delta Dagger who began intercepting the Bear in the 1950s.

There was the F-4 Phantom, the A-7 Corsair, and the original F-14 Tomcat who intercepted the Bear in the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s.

There is the F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, the F-15 Eagle, who have intercepted the Bear in the 1990s and 2000s, and along with the F-22, who intercept the Bear today.

So, as you can see, this long-lived and long range Russian aircraft, that was originally built under the Soviet Union, has persisted through to this day, and is still being intercepted by the latest US Navy and US Air Force aircraft (along with NATO aircraft and Pacific allies aircraft) to this day. The grandsons of pilots who intercepted the Bear in the 50s and 60s are now intercepting the Bear today.

As with the US Air Force B-52, in order to retain this ability, the aircraft have been upgraded over the years to keep them relevant. The genius of their design has been that their basic airframes have allowed for this.

The Soviet Union issued a new requirement for an intercontinetal bomber to both Tupolev and Myasishchev design bureaus in 1950. The aircraft would have to have an un-refueled range of 8,000 km and carry an 11,000 kg load to the target.

Tupolev, who had built the Soviet Union's first intercontinental bomber, the Tu-85 (which was a scaled up, reverse engineered version of US B-29 bombers that had been forced to land in the Soviet Union after damage over Japan), proposed an aircraft entiltled the Tu-95 Bear with four turboprops engines. These provided more power than the piston engines of the day, but were not as fuel hungry as the jet engines available at the time. This would provide the power to carry the weight needed, and the economomy to attain the range required.

In July of 1951, the Soviet gvernment chose Tupolev's design for the new bomber. The four Kuznetsov coupled turboprops each featured two contra-rotating propellers of four blades each, producing 8,948 kW (12,000 eshp) of power. This advanced turboprop engine was actually designed for the Soviets by German prisoner engineers who had worked for Junkersbefore being captured. The aircraft featured a mid-wing cantilever monoplane wing with 35 degrees of sweep, an angle which ensured the main wing spar passed through the fuselage in front of the bomb bay. Retractable tricycle landing gear had their strut units retracting rearwards, with the main gear retracting into extensions of the inner engine nacelles.

The first prototype Tu-95, flew in November 1952, with initial engines designated 2TV-2F. After six months of testing, this aircraft suffered a propeller gearbox failure and crashed, killing the test pilot. The second aircraft, featured four new 12,000 ehp, Kuznetsov NK-12 turboprops, which proved more reliable than the 2TV-2F. After a successful flight testing phase, series production of the Tu-95 started in January 1956.

Initially the Soviet Air force called the aircraft the Tu-20, but by the time it was being supplied to operational units it was already better known under the Tu-95 designation used internally by Tupolev, and the Tu-20 designation was dropped and changed to the Tu-95.

The aircraft was originally produced to be a long range intercontinental bomber, and the first Soviet Tu-95 division, the 106th Heavy Bomber Air Division, was formed in 1956. The division commander was a twice-Hero of the Soviet Union A. G. Molodchi. The 106th TBAD's base was Uzin near Kiev. The second, the 1223rd TBAP in Semipalatinsk, under the command of Hero of the Soviet Union Colonel V. M. Bezbokov, was raised in 1957. The 1223rd's targets were Canada and the northern part of the US.

But as the US and the Soviet Union developed and then instituted long range jet bombers, and then particularly Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) the use of the slow Bear for such missions quickly went obsolete. However, the aircraft had such long range and good stability and handling that it was also produced as a maritime patrol and bomber aircraft. This version, the Tu-95RT, which later would become the Tu-142, became a veritable icon of the Cold War as it performed maritime surveillance and targeting missions for Soveit surface ships and submarines. During the Cold war, most often it was this version being intercepted by US Naval aircraft.

But the aircraft also continued to be used to test Soviet nuclear weapons. In 1961, a modified Tu-95 carried and dropped the AN602 bomb that was also called the Tsar Bomb. The bomb was attached underneath the aircraft, as it would not fit into the internal bomb-bay. This weapon yielded 50 mega-tons (compared to the largest US weapon ever tested, the B41 which yieklded 25 Mega-tons). The bomb was the biggest and most powerful thermo nuclear bomb ever made and detonated.  It was ropped over Novaya Zemlya Island in the Russian Arctic Sea by the Tu-95.

Altogether, over 500 aircraft were built between 1952 and 1994. The later versions have been modified, modernized and improved.

All Tu-95s now in Russian service are the new Tu-95MS variant, built in the 1980s and 1990s and based on the Tu-142. They continue to be improved.

Although Tu-95 patrols looking at the western allies were suspended after the fall of the Soviet Union, In August 2007, President Vladimir Putin announced that Tu-95 patrols would resume. Now, once again, NATO and US fighters are seen intercepting Tu-95s as they perform their missions along the periphery of NATO and US airspace.

These days, Tu-95s sometimes act in concert with Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers and Russian airborne early-warning aircraft while accomplishing their patrol and practise missions..

During the Russian Stability 2008 military exercise in 2008, Tu-95MS aircraft fired live air-launched cruise missiles for the first time since 1984. The long range of the Raduga Kh-55 cruise missile means Tu-95MS Bears can once again serve as a strategic weapons system, and act in that role similar to USAF B-52 bombers.

In November 2015, Tu-95 MS aircraft had their actual combat debut being employed in long range airstrikes as part of the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War.

The sensors, avionics, and weapons systems of the Tu-95 MS aircraft are modern and capable. Although the aircraft themselves are relatively slow, they have long range and can fly in close enough to launch their cruise missiles against opposition who have strong air defense systems. Against less capable opponents, they can carry arious types of ordinance from shorter range missiles to iron bombs.

Currently a total of 63 Tu-95 MS aircraft are availble for the Russian Air Force and Navy. 55 of them are maintained in a combat ready status.

Charcteristics/Specifications:

Crew: 6–7; pilot, co pilot, flight engineer, communications, navigator (2), gunner
Length: 46.2 m (151 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 50.10 m (164 ft 5 in)
Height: 12.12 m (39 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 310 m² (3,330 ft²)
Empty weight: 90,000 kg (198,000 lb)
Loaded weight: 171,000 kg (376,200 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 188,000 kg (414,500 lb)
Powerplant: 4 × Kuznetsov NK-12M turboprops, 11,000 kW (14,800 shp) each
Maximum speed: 920 km/h (510 knots, 575 mph)
Range: 15,000 km (8,100 nmi, 9,400 mi) unrefueled
Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft)
Armament: (Up to 15,000 kg (33,000 lb))
Missiles:
- 6 x Kh-55, Kh-55SM or Kh-555 cruise missiles on a rotary launcher in the aircraft's weapons bay
- 8 x Kh-101/102 cruise missiles mounted on underwing pylons Gun:
- 23 mm AM-23 autocannon in radar controlled tail turret

What's in the Box - December 24, 2015

Trumpeter makes some of the best scale models on the planet, both ships (particularly 1/350 scale) and aircraft (particularly 1/72 scale).

This model of the Tu-95MS is no exception and is just an awesome model with very well molded and detailed parts, excellent instructions, excellent decals, and an excellent full color painting guide.

There are eight sprues molded in light gray and one sprue molded in clear plastic for the canopy. The fuselage comes in four pieces. Altogther there are right at 200 pieces to the aircraft.

This is a large model so you will have to have room to display it. Although the bomb bays can be shown open, the newer rotary launcher and cruise missiles are not cinluded with this kit (that innovation being newer thant he design of the kit) and the new pylons and wing mounted cruise missiles are also not available. I hope to eithe rfind and puchase the proper 1/27 scael Russian weapons, and/or scratch build the pylons and rorary launcher. we will have to see while building how that goes.

Instructions are very good, and the decals are also good, but not super detailed, although there are decals for either Russian or Ukrainian aircraft. I intend to build the Russian aircraft and will probably buy after market decals for more detail.

Painting schemes comes in full color glossy. Very nice.

Here is the model with its box, the parts, the decals and the instructions:







This should be a really fun build. I have always thought this aircraft to be one of the best looking long-range, prop driven modern bombers.

The Build Main landing gear, noise landing gear, propellers - January 4, 2016

I started the model by building the landing gear. First, I wanted to make sure I knew what color to paint the wheels. Russia has usually had a policy of painting all of its aircraft wheels green. But depending on the time frame, this varied with the main gear wheels of the Tu-95. I wanted to paint it the current Russian configuration. I used the following recent pictures to choose:

so, an off white for the main wheels, and green for the nose gear wheels is what they are currently flying with.

First I gathered all of the pieces for the tires/wheels themselves. I glued them together and then painted them accordingly.

Then I gathered all of the parts for the main gear. There are a lot of them, 19 parts for each gear. I glued these together, painted them, and then assembled them into the main gear wheel bay which will later be attached to the two inboard engine nacelles.



Looking good. Then it was time to do the front landing gear in the same fashion:

Finally, in this session, I gathered together and then painted the props...the counter rotating props for each Kuznetsov engine...and then dry fit those together in preparation for building each of the four engine nacelles.

This is all looking very good.

In the next session I will build the wings and all four engine nacelles, and then assemble them all with the main landing gear.


Schedule for Builds:

  1. By Feb 02, 2016: Complete Russian Tu-95MS in 1/72 Scale
  2. By Feb 15, 2016: Complete RN Merlin Helicopter in 1/72 Scale
  3. By Feb 28, 2016: Complete Complete RAF Typhoon in 1/72 Scale
  4. By Mar 31, 2016: Complete USS Hornet, CV-8 in 1/350 Scale

The completion of the PLAN Carrier group was centered on the already completed Trumpeter's 1/350 scale PLA Navy's Aircraft Carrier CV-16, Liaoning, (in addition to the other escorts already completed) included Mini Hobby's's PLAN Guangzhou, DDG-168. I recently pre-ordered a 1/350 scale model of the PLAN Type 071 LPD, Yuzhao Class, announced by Trumpeter and due out in October, 2013. I will end up adding two of those, propbably LPD-998 Yuzhao and LPD-999, Jinggangshan, add the PLAN- DDG-139, Ningbo, and the PLAN DDG-115, Shenyang, along with the PLAN Weifang, FFG-550 and thus build a PLAN ARG.

The completion of the US Carrier Strike group was centered on the completed Tamyia's 1/350 scale USS Enterprise, CVN-65, (in addition ot the other escorts already completed) included Trumpeter's, USS Freedom, LCS-1, Dragon's USS Preble, DDG-88 and Hobby Boss's USS Texas, SSN-775. When a 1/350 scale USS Enterprise, CVN-80 (or any Gerald R. Ford Class) is released from Trumpeter, Tamiya, Dragon, or whomever else, I will add it to this group along with another AEGIS Cruiser. Whichever Ford Class coms out in 1/350 scale, I will build it as the USS Enterprise, CVN-80.

The US ARG will include Tamiya's 1/350 scale, USS Iowa, BB-62 (which I have already completed), Trumpeter's 1/350 scale USS Iwo Jima LHD- 7, Gallery's 1/350 scale USS Sommerset, LPD-25, Bronco Models 1/350 Scale USS New York, LPD-21, Cyber Hobby's USS Independence, LCS-2, Acadamy's 1/350 scale USS Rueben James, FFG-57, and another Flight IIA US AEGIS class detroyer based on Trumpeter's 1/350 scale USS Lassen, DDG-82...all of these models which I already own.

The completion of the UK Group featured the Airfix 1/350 scale HMS Illustrious, R06 as its centerp[iece until a 1/350 scale Queen Elizabeth carrier is released. When that happens, I will add that carrier to the group as its centerpiece. The Royal Navy CSG will also include two Airfix 1/350 scale Daring Class DDGs (one of which is already completed), two Trumpeter 1/350 scale Type 23 HMS Duke class Frigates (one of which is already completed), and the Hobby Boss 1/350 scale HMS Astute SSN (which is also already completed) and Airfix 1/350 scale HMS Tragalgar SSN. One day, when a 1/350 scale HMS Ocean LPD come out, I will use tt to start building a Royal Navy ARG.

The Russian CSG was completed and is centered on Heller's 1/400 scale Charles De Gualle, R91. I also built the 1/400 scale Heller Russian De Grasse, D612 DDG, which is an ASW DDG, and the Russian Aconit D612 FFG and Gueprattet F714 FFGs, both of which are Lafayette class frigates. These four vessels round out my Russian CSG. As soon as a Russian Robin class nuclear sub, like the Russian Perale S606 SSN is released in 1/350 or 1/400 scale, I will add that to the group. Also as soon as the Forbin D620, Horizon class anti-air DDG is released in 1/350 or 1/400 scale, I will purchase it and add it to the CSG. One day, when the models come out, I will purchase two 1/350 scale Mistral Class LPDs so I can create a Russian ARG with those vessels.

The completion of the Japanese JMSDF group was centered on Fujimi's very finely detailed, 1/350 scale Hyuga, DDH-181. It will be escorted by Trumpeter's 1/350 scale DDG-177, Atago, an AEGIS class DDG and the JMSDF, DDG-174, Kongo class (which I own), Trumpeters's 1/350 scale DDG-114 Susunami and DDG-111 (both of which are Takinami Class DDGs which I own), and by the 1/350 scale SS-503 Hakuryu (which I own), one of Japans new, very modern and capable AIP Diesel Electric submarines. As soon as a DDG-115 Akizuki in 1/350 scale is released, I will add it to this group. Should a 1/350 scale Osumi Class LPD be relased, I will buy two of those vessels and create a JMSDF ARG.

The completion of the Russian CSG (centered on Trumpeter's Kuznetsov which I own) the Russian Kirov Class nuclear battle cruiser (CGN), the Peter the Great, by Trumpeter (which I own), the Russian Slava Class cruiser, Varyag by Trumperter, a Trumpeter 1/350 scale Udaloy DDG, Hobby Boss's Akula II class SSN, the new Yasen class Russian SSN, and the Zevzda Oscar II SSGN, all in 1/350 scale.

Recently I purchased Heller's 1/400 scale Foch, the Clemceau Class carrier that was sold to the Brazilians in 2000 and in 2002 was refitted and became the Brazilian CV, Sao Paulo, using steam catapaults. I built the model as the Sao Paulo and thus started a Brazilian group. I will need to find a 1/350 scale Type 22 DDGs and the FFGs the Brazilians use which are not available at present. I did purchased a set of 1/400 scale A-4 Skyhawks and S-3 Trackers and built those as a suitable airwing for the Sao Paulo.

Then, again, once the models are available, I'd like to build an Italian Carrier Strike Group centered on the Cavour and their Horizon DDGs, a Spanish Carrier Strike Group centered on the Juan Carlos and their F-100 AEGIS FFGs, and ultimatly an Australian Strike Group centered on the new Canberra Class LPD and the Hobart class AEGIS DDGs. If they ever build the models, an Indian Carrier Strike Group centered on either the Vikramaditya or their new ADS Carrier, the Vikrant, and their Kolkata class DDGs and Shivlak class FFGs would also be nice.

Years more worth of work!

You can see all of these actual carriers, read their histories and specifictions at my site:

WORLD-WIDE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS

...and most of their surface escorts at:

AEGIS AND AEGIS-LIKE VESSELS OF THE WORLD

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Posted by jelliott523 on Monday, January 4, 2016 12:59 PM

This will be a cool build. Excellent review of the history of the Tu-95 and the kit. I'm curious, how big is the wingspan on this kit? I've been wanting to do one myself, but not sure where I'd put it.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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Posted by Jeff Head on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:53 AM

jelliott523

This will be a cool build. Excellent review of the history of the Tu-95 and the kit. I'm curious, how big is the wingspan on this kit? I've been wanting to do one myself, but not sure where I'd put it.

Thanks!

I have been looking forward to the build for some time.

And it is large.  The length is like 25" and the wingspan about 27 1/2" 

Not as big as the B-36 I just did, whose length is 27" and wingspan is about 38 1/2 "

Here are all of the larger 1/72 scale aircraft I have an am planing to build and their respective sizes:

That's why we are having to get me an extra room just for the models!  Not to mention the numerous large 1/350 scale ships I have!

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 2:23 PM

Thank you for sharing such detailed information regarding your build.  It is very enlightening, I am eagerly awaiting the continuation of this magnificence aircraft!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 4:22 PM

Toshi

Thank you for sharing such detailed information regarding your build.  It is very enlightening, I am eagerly awaiting the continuation of this magnificence aircraft!

Toshi

 

You are very welcome.

I have been looking forward to this for some time...so I expect it is going to be a good thread with a lot of good input from other FS members.

You would probably really like the full thread for my completed:

Monogram 1/72 Scale B-36 Peacemaker Model

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/168844.aspx

God's speed!

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Posted by jelliott523 on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 4:22 PM

I built a 1/72 B-52 and a B-1B back when I was a teen...we wont go back to when that was.

I'd love to find another of each and possibly a B-2, but those kits are pretty high priced anymore.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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Posted by Jeff Head on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 4:50 PM

jelliott523

I built a 1/72 B-52 and a B-1B back when I was a teen...we wont go back to when that was.

I'd love to find another of each and possibly a B-2, but those kits are pretty high priced anymore.

 

Hehehe...I did the same, except it was in the late 1980s and I was in my early 30s!

 

I have three more years now until retirement and got started on my rather large stash a little early.

 

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Posted by rowdy on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 4:45 AM

a truely great aeroplane. these things sound like a B36, except louder(if thats possible). they sound magnificient on youtube!

looking forward to this build.

cheers

kris

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Posted by Jeff Head on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 3:31 PM

rowdy

a truely great aeroplane. these things sound like a B36, except louder(if thats possible). they sound magnificient on youtube!

looking forward to this build.

cheers

kris

Thanks.

I am working on the wings and the engine nacelles this week.  I wish there was one on display somewhere here in the states...I'd finf a reason to get by and see it.

Speaking of the B-36, if you haven't already, check out the B-36 build I just completed here:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/168844.aspx

AWESOME aircraft.  I got to see one in Ft. Worth as a kid and then later at Wright Pat.

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 3:58 PM

In my opinion, the TU-95 is the coolest, nastiest looking prop bomber ever built. It is just very menicing. Looking forward to this.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:31 PM

BrandonK

In my opinion, the TU-95 is the coolest, nastiest looking prop bomber ever built. It is just very menicing. Looking forward to this.

BK

I agree...it is an awesome looking aircraft.

I lieke the B-36, its size, capability, the six turning and four burning and all catch the imagination for an aircraft that was designed in the mid-40s and built in the late 40s.

But the Tu-95 has a much better look, style, and quality about it.

And now with the rotary ALCM launcher carrying six  missiles and being able to hold another 8 ALCMs on pylons under the wings...well, it just keeps on stayinhg relevant.

Awesome stuff to this day.

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 6:29 PM

jelliott523

I built a 1/72 B-52 and a B-1B back when I was a teen...we wont go back to when that was.

I'd love to find another of each and possibly a B-2, but those kits are pretty high priced anymore.

 

High priced is an understatement. Cheapest one I found through google was $200.00. Amazon is listing 3 for well over $500.00 each! Say what???

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Posted by Jeff Head on Thursday, January 7, 2016 8:09 AM

Straycat1911
 
jelliott523

I built a 1/72 B-52 and a B-1B back when I was a teen...we wont go back to when that was.

I'd love to find another of each and possibly a B-2, but those kits are pretty high priced anymore.

High priced is an understatement. Cheapest one I found through google was $200.00. Amazon is listing 3 for well over $500.00 each! Say what???

 

I buy a lot on ebay.  You have to watch for them.

There's a Testor's 1/72 scale B-2 on ebay right now for a Buy it Now pricce of  $60 +$11 shipping.  Not bad.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Testors-B-2-Stealth-Bomber-1-72-Model-Kit-HSO-7571-Hobby-Shop-Only-/321963673729?hash=item4af687c881:g:aQAAAOSwhkRWeL4b

There are three or more Monogram 1/72 scale B-52s up right now.  They are bidding and not Buy it Now, but one is at $41.00 + $14 shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-72-1-72-FACTORY-SEALED-BIG-BAD-BEAUTIFUL-B-52-STRATOFORTRESS-BOMBER-W-STORES-/252237949692?hash=item3aba8daafc:g:BbwAAOSw5dNWirTG

As I say, you can find them.

 

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Friday, January 8, 2016 10:38 AM

The Build Wings, Engine nacelles, assembly - January 8, 2016

In this session I began by gathering all of the various pieces for the wings. There are quite a few pieces and all of the control surfaces can be put together to be movable., Eight pieces for each wing. Once I had gathered them, I glued together each of the control surfaces and then painted all of them appropriately. I used Model Master paints and painted the leading edges in Medium RAF Sea Blue, the underside main flaps and areas around the engines in RAF Dark Sea Blue, and then the rest of the wings in silver.

Once they were all painted and dried, I then assembled each of the wings. Some care needs to be taken, These are large pieces and though the fit is good, there is still some warpage and slight variances that need to be controlled with rubber bands and clamps, which I used as shown.



At this point it was time to assemble the nacelles for the four engines. I started out by gathering the parts, and then painting them. Then it was time to assemble them, and for the inboard nacelles, this meant adding the main landing gear assemblies that had been completed in the earlier step.

The fit is decent, but the holding places for the landing gear wells is not very exacting and they tend to move around. One has to carefully position these while glueing the nacellles together, along with the attachment to the props at the front of the nacelle. I found that once together and drying, I had to align the main gear to be centered and then add aditional glue and hold them in place until that started setting...and then let them dry.

Once the nacelles were all completed, I then added them to each wing.



Once these were all dried solidly, I then added the two counter rotating props to each engine nacelle that I had painted earlier.

Now, these wings are looking very nice.

I hope, in the next session, to assemble and paint the entire main fuselage, including the cockpit, and then add the wings to it.

 

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Posted by roger_wilco on Friday, January 8, 2016 2:16 PM

Looking good Jeff! Do you airbrush (or use rattle cans) for your finishes or hand paint?

"Build what YOU want, the way YOU want, and above all have fun!" - RIP Modeler Al. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, January 8, 2016 2:38 PM

You are cruzin' right along. Those PROPS, they look so......COOL !!

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Friday, January 8, 2016 4:04 PM

roger_wilco

Looking good Jeff! Do you airbrush (or use rattle cans) for your finishes or hand paint?

 

Mostly by hand, but depending on the model and area being painted I have been known to use spray paint from the cans.

I always do the dull coat/finish paints with spray.

Normally I will paint things like this, and then go back and do some touch up to find and fix any issues. 

A lot of times, I find that me handling the model, and some of the scuffing and other things that happen between the intial painting and my touch up and then finish can be used as pretty effective "weathering," or "aging," without me having to go to the more sophisticated trouble.  LOL!

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Posted by Jeff Head on Friday, January 8, 2016 4:07 PM

BrandonK

You are cruzin' right along. Those PROPS, they look so......COOL !!

Thanks.  I still have some work to do on the tips of the housing for the propellers. 

Many of the aircraft have the very front end of the propeller housing painted.  some are blue, some black, red, etc.  I like that look.

I am going to pick a specific aircraft and paint it accordingly.

I am hoping to spend a good deal of thjime this evening and a bunch of hours on Staruday and Sunday to make some good progress on the fuselage.

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Sunday, January 10, 2016 11:57 AM

The Build Rear fuselage, satbilizers, cockpit, ballast, rotary dispenser, main fuselage, dry fit - January 11, 2016

I started this session by building the rear fuselage, which includes the vetical and horizontal stabilizers. The aft fuselage will fit into the main fuselage aft of the bomb bay. I gathered the parts and then assembled them, the fuselage first and then the stabilizers. I then painted the entire thing. Later I will come back and add the rear gun turret and the rear canpoy for this area.



At this point I did the cockpit area. There is a large deck and you could really detail this very nicely if desired. But it would involve needing to either make that part of the fuseelage open, or installing lighing...and even then, with the lighting, you simply could not see most of it due to the relative small size of the canopy glass. The pilot area is realtively nice, and for what you will be able to see, it will suffice.

I gathered the parts, painted them and then assembled them. I added ballast at this point to both sides of the forward fuselage. I am using some small black stones and pennies. You need quite a lot because otherwise the center of gravity would be well behind the wing roots and the plane would not want to sit on its gear...the tail would tilt down.

I then added the main wheel well and front landing gear I had assembled earlier.



I then decided to do the scratch built rotary dispenser in the main bomb bay for cruise missiles.. This is set up to hold six smaller, tactical cruise missiles, but I will be adding three of the larger, longer range KH-55 missiles (taking them from my TU-160 Black Jack model.

I used some thick plastic sprue, cut it to length, and then added the six attach points. I also notched the structure provided in the model at the front of the bomb bay, and then added some structure at the back of the bomb bay to hold it in place in the center. I painted the bomb bay and this rotary dispenser accordingly.

I then built and painted the cryuise missiles. Their fins fold nicely at the rear of the missiles to allow them to fit into the bomb bay. These then unfold when in flight...as well as two small wings that spring out in the center of each missile.



Now it was time to put the two parts of the main fuselage together.

With the cockpit, the front gear, the bomb bay, and some of the view ports that were added, you have to be careful to get a good fit, and you have to ensure that you use enough glue to hold it together, and then clamps and rubber bands to hold it in position until the glue dries.

I then carefully painted the entire outer fuselage silver and then painted the forward radar dome white, and a rear access area white underneath, aft of the bomb bay as it is on the aircraft.

Once this was completed, all of the major structural parts of the aircraft wee ready. So, I decided to dry fit them together to see how they would look.

It is looking very, very nice. The TU-95 has such a sleek, menacing look, and those turboprops with the counter-rotating propellers really make the aircraft pop.

In my next session I now have a tremendous number of small details to add. Landing gear doors, rear turret, antennnae, compartment/view hatches, the inflight refueling prope, the canopy, etc. I also hope to add scratch built pylons for more cruise missiles under each wing.

Another session after that will be required for final painting scheme, touch up, and then decals. I have ordered some decals specifically for this aircraft that I may have to wait on arrival before finishing.

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, January 10, 2016 4:42 PM

 Jeff that is looking great , fun painting all those prop tips aint it?

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Posted by Jeff Head on Monday, January 11, 2016 7:33 AM

TREYZX10R

 Jeff that is looking great , fun painting all those prop tips aint it?

Thanks...there are a lot of tips to be painted on this bear.

Sounds like you speak from experience.

It's been a fund build.  I probably could spend a lot more time and do it up perfectly...but I am enjoying the pacethat  I am working and it is really going to be a great looking aircraft.

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:45 PM

The Build Canopy, Antennae, refueling probe, sensors, gun, wheel doors, decals, touchup and completion - January 14, 2016

Lots to do in this session...but I had a lot of hours in the evening to spend this week...so I went to it.

First I decided to wait on the wing pylons....I do not want to put them on there until I have the appropriate missiles and I am having trouble locating them in 1/72 scale (or any other for that matter). Also...call me impatient...heck the model is just looking to good to let sit, and the special decals I wanted to order are out of stock...so I will use the decals that came with the kit from Trumpeter to complete the model. At least I did get the bomb bay done with the rotary launcher and the KH-55 missiles.

So, I started this session by adding the myriad of details...starting with the canopy. This canopy is molded very well, allowing me to make a go at painting it all by hand with no masking. It turned out well. I then began to add the various sensors and antennae, the rear gun turret and its glass, and then the doors for the landing gear. This took quite a bit of time, but was well worth it because the realism of the model is really coming out now.





I then did a little touch up and then it was time to add the decals.

The decals that come with the Trumpeter kit allow you to make either a Ukrainian aircraft, or a Russian aircraft. I chose the Russian markings. They are also very straight forward and only give the large, distinctive markings. The insignia, the aircraft number, and the Russian flag markings forward on the fuselage. Some day when I get the detailed decals I will add them...because you know there are a lot of details, panel markings, warnings, etc. on an aircraft like this.

Anyhow, the decals available really have the aircraft looking like the Bear it is!





Now that is looking REALLY nice.

With all of the details added and the decals markings on...it was only a matter of adding the finish coat and then showing off the aircraft in its complete form:





WOW! Despite not getting to do all I wanted... I just cannot get enough of the look of this aircraft. Here are some close-ups.



Now THAT is what I'm talking about. Your Russian TU-95M in 1/72 scale!

...and pretty close too:

Anyhow until I get more room for my models, I have used up the space to display my large, 1/72 scale aircaft. That means the XB-70, B-52, B-1B, Tu-160, B-2, and the Space Shuttle are all going to have to wait.

Too bad because I was really on a large aircraft roll after completing the B-36 and the Tu-95. Oh well, I do have room for my smaller 1/72 scale aircaft and I still have a lot of them to build. We are loking at using another room in the house later this year for my model shop and display area, so within a few months we may be able to get back at it.

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:33 PM

It looks amazing. Great work, cool plane.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:36 PM

What a beautiful finish!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 5:01 PM

BrandonK

It looks amazing. Great work, cool plane.

BK

 

Thanks.

Hehehe...despite all my ballast addition during ythe build...thinking I was pretty nifty to hide it all....after I added the rotary launcher and the three big missiles to the scratch built bomb bay, when completed the aircraft still wanted to lean back on its haunches.

You can see some more ballast I ended up putting in the front landing gear well to compensate.

Oh well...thses things happen!

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Posted by Jeff Head on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 5:01 PM

Toshi

What a beautiful finish!

Toshi

 

Thank you.  It was  a LOT of fun.

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8:11 PM

That is one clean looking build Jeff. Very nicely done Sir!

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  • From: West Chester,Ohio
Posted by roger_wilco on Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:23 AM

Nice build and she looks really good Jeff! 

"Build what YOU want, the way YOU want, and above all have fun!" - RIP Modeler Al. 

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Posted by Jeff Head on Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:36 PM

TREYZX10R

That is one clean looking build Jeff. Very nicely done Sir!

 

Thank you...it was a really fun build and there have been a LOT of really good comments here.

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:38 PM

roger_wilco

Nice build and she looks really good Jeff! 

 

Thank you too RW!

This is a heck of a great looking aircraft and still very relevant.

I had fun building it...but have to say, that B-36 was a little more fun and the historical connections made it equally interesting to me.

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