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Xuntong 1:48 TU-2s medium bomber completed

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Xuntong 1:48 TU-2s medium bomber completed
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:22 PM

Seems like this kit it not built very often. Anyone tackle it and know of any issues? The instructiions are not very good and I had a dickens of a time figuring out how to build the bomber version. I found a Russian documentary which helped a lot  Sorry for some reason it won't let me link to the video

Thank You

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:40 AM

Wow, never even heard of that company. 

Please let us know how it goes, always interesting to see something different here.

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:07 PM

It was actually reviewed here.  It's not for the faint of heart or rookies like me, but I'm plowing ahead as best as I can.  Here's pics of the box art and some instruction pages.  The pieces are extremely small and fragile. Too small to use regular glue. So superglue it is.  Multiiple glued fingers. I enclosed the instructions for the control console and the lower gun and mount so you can see the scale.  I have no idea how they figured how someone was going to glue each lever into those slots.  Especially when the sprues attach on the base of the levers.  I managed to get them lined up somewhat with the slots but I did lose one of the buttons to the carpet monster.  I had to use double magnification just to somewhat see what I was doing. This will be a slow plane form china build for me

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Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:09 PM

Opps sorry the two pics are upside down but I think that you'll get the gist

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:37 PM

I remember when this and it's brothers appeared to mixed reviews. One writer said he hoped that they were the first of many from the company, but that has yet to happen, so you may be working on a "collector" kit or just a flash in the pan.

In either case it's an interesting aircraft, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it builds for you.

Mike

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:42 AM

Yikes!!! I can barely cement controls like that in place in 1/48th without losing 75% of them- in 1/72nd that's insane!

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:45 AM

Excellent start!  I'll be following this one.

Toshi

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:34 AM

Gamera

Yikes!!! I can barely cement controls like that in place in 1/48th without losing 75% of them- in 1/72nd that's insane!

 

Gamera it is 1/48 scale but it still is tiny.  I've got most of the interior detail stuff cemented on the fusage and I am gettign close to painting the interior.  I'll post some pics when I get it painted.  It took me about a hour to get the gun mount assembly glued together....managed to glue to parts to my fingers multiple times

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:37 AM

Toshi

Excellent start!  I'll be following this one.

Toshi

 

Thanks Toshi.  This was one of my welcome to modeling kits I bought when I first started.  At the time it was the only 1/48 kit of a Russian Bomber that I could find. So far it's been "interesting" to say the least

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:59 AM

DUH! You have it right there in the thread title 1/48th. Not sure if I'm getting more blind or stupid in my old age... Dunce

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:07 PM

Quick update.  Took some time off and just started working on this again.  For those who like a challenge this is a perfect model for you.  It's kinda above my pay grade.  I actually like parts that have some form of indexing that allows you to line them up.  This, to me, must be what scratch building is like.  My hat goes off to anyone who has built this model.  I'm at the putting the wings and engine mounts on the fuselage and the lets see if any of the engine cowlings fit stage right now.  As photobucket as been rather unpleasent as I just found out.  Any ideas for a good picture sharing site.  Thank You

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:36 PM
Postimage.org is really good

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, October 09, 2017 7:43 PM

Well I've finally finished.  It was a very challenging. I had to do more putty work than I'm used to. I used the blu tack worms for the camo pattern and was at least happy how that turned out.  It looked a little to stark so I faded it with light gray. Also you can see what happens when you touch decals covered in dull coat before its completely dry. I must admit this was the first model that I had seriously fight the urge to smash it with a hammer

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Posted by roony on Monday, October 09, 2017 10:37 PM

The harder the fight the sweeter the victory.  And that sir, is a sweet victory.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Monday, October 09, 2017 11:24 PM

Very nice. In 1982 I'd came across a genuine 1977 vintage Deutsche Demokratische Republik 1/72 VEB Modell Plasticart Tu-2 import; kit was simple build, had to use Tenax 7R in spots, this long before I'd started using cyanoacrylates. The VEB Tu-2 was one of a handful of Soviet Union aircraft builds I've done to date, Italeri's La-5FN I'd liked best. I'd also built a FROG (not NOVO) SB 2 in 1991, remembered it being a simple build as well; don't know when I'll build another "Russian" subject.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:38 AM

Despite the issues she came out fantastic! Great job on her! 

 

There must be something about Soviet twin-engine bombers- the worst kit I ever built, and yes I wanted to give it a good stomp was Historic's 1/48th Pe-2. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:02 AM

Very nice!  Looks great.

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:34 AM

Well with all the issues and wanting to stomp this build, it Definately looks fantastic.  You should be proud that you were able to finish this build.  You did a great job!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:50 AM

Thanks guys. At one point during the engine construction I was so frustrated that I ordered a Zvezda Pe-2 as a replacement for this one.  I had just completed the second engine build and for whatever reason the indexing was off on the second engine so the cylinder heads were parallel and not offset.  That screwed up the fit of the exhaust assembly and I had to pry it apart when the glue was mostly set. Then fudge the construction.  Sad thing was the "fudged" engine fit better in the engine mount.  I'm sure someone with better skills could have handled this plane better but at the time I bought it, it was the only 1:48 russian bomber out there. Some people thrive on challenges. Personally I like parts that fit

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:05 PM

Nice job!I made the ICM 1/72 Version and it is a very nice looking aircraft.Good job on the cammo and weathering!

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Posted by kensar on Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:11 PM

Looks very good.  I certainly haven't seen any of these built before.

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:55 PM

philo426

Nice job!I made the ICM 1/72 Version and it is a very nice looking aircraft.Good job on the cammo and weathering!

 

Thank You!  The Instructions over all were garbage especially trying to figure out how to build the Russian version and not the chinese. The Youtube video showed me the canopy scheme and the engine intakes There painting instructions were even worse.  At first it looked like there was some camo on the engine mounts under the wings and then I realized they put in the shading from the wing, so painting was best guess

Vir: I think you should feel happy. 
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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, October 12, 2017 3:58 PM

kensar

Looks very good.  I certainly haven't seen any of these built before.

Kensar

 

 

Thank You! There's not alot of pics of this model out there.  It was definately a "challenge" I'll be curious how the Zvezda PE-2 goes.  As I found out that has even more parts Tongue Tied

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Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:32 PM

As others have said ... you built a fine looking model from a kit that fought you along the way. You won!

Mike

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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:28 PM

Yup, you whipped it into a really nice build and finish. Always glad to see someone win the fight, and you sure did. Thanks for the post and photos.

Patrick

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:16 PM

1943Mike

As others have said ... you built a fine looking model from a kit that fought you along the way. You won!

 

Really wished I wouldn’t have screwed up that decal. Don’t think there would be any chance to get a replacement On this one I think it was more of a draw Stick out tongue

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:16 PM

patrick206

Yup, you whipped it into a really nice build and finish. Always glad to see someone win the fight, and you sure did. Thanks for the post and photos.

Patrick

 

Thank you sir

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:36 PM

I see they make a IL-4 model now.  Supposedly a better designed model but oh the glassware  Confused

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 13, 2017 8:02 AM

If you get the hankering to build another Soviet bomber I have two Zvezda Pe-8s (the military version and Stalin's personal plane) and they look fantastic in the box. No idea how they fit but they're very nicely molded and look to be well designed kits. 

Better than being nibbled to death by cats...*

 

 

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'Cats, Londo?'

'Yes, I feel like I am being nibbled to death by cats!' 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, October 13, 2017 8:46 AM

Gamera

*'Vir, what is that Earth animal. Webbed feet, feathers, goes 'quack'?'

'Cats, Londo?'

'Yes, I feel like I am being nibbled to death by cats!' 

 

Thanks for that. I really need to binge watch that again. I like the Pe-8’s I just wish they had it in 1:48 because that’s my scale. Sure beats the heck out of the IL-4’s. That’s one seriously ugly plane

Vir: I think you should feel happy. 
Londo: Yes perhaps. But every time I have been happy the universe has conspired to do something nasty to me

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