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I must be dreaming - Revell An-225 Mriya

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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
I must be dreaming - Revell An-225 Mriya
Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:01 PM

A Happy New Year to all you FSM-ers!

As the clock struck midnight on 12/31/19 this was on the dining room table.  I decided my New Year's eve build would be something preposterous, and not many kits can fit that bill compared to Revell's 1/144 An-225 Mriya ("Dream").

I had to move out to the dining room table because the model is just too large to maneuver on my desk/workbench.  How big is it?  Around 23"x24"  Here is a 1/144 MiG-15 for a sobering size comparison.

And this is what is left in the box after the major airframe parts are extricated:

The kit is well engineered, and for the most part, fit is great.  I must commend Revell for their novel “tabs + spar” wing and stabilizer attachment method, which seems to work extremely well.  One pleasant surprise was that the assembled inner fuselage tube fit perfectly within the outer fuselage halves, something I have never got out of the box.  Usually, much savage trimming and sanding of the contact surfaces is required before a gapless fuselage fit is achieved.

The kit offers options for in-flight and landed configurations, and provide parts for "kneeling" landing gear to build the model in the cargo loading position.  I will be buttoning my kit up, with the landing gear in the "taxi" configuration.

I had grand fantasies of modding the kit to carry the recently acquired Ark Models Buran shuttle, but I think I will build them as separate models.  The Buran may mutate into the BTS-02 atmospheric analog flight article (it had four scabbed-on turbojet engines that permitted runway take-offs), so it would not need a lift to go anywhere!

I am still on the fence about markings.  The kit provides livery for the current Ukraine heavy lift scheme, but Begemot is working on a decal sheet for the old Soviet scheme with the thin red fuselage stripe and big old classic Cold War "CCCP" on the wings.

 

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:10 PM
I'll definitely be watching this.

 

  • Member since
    September 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:47 PM

Cool!

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 2, 2020 12:47 PM

Many thanking you for watching Johnnytempest!  Stick out tongue

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, January 2, 2020 1:24 PM

    Got my attention.

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:53 PM
Be interesting to see it next to a C-5

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 2, 2020 5:50 PM

Nice!  Following.  I have the zvezda 747 to build.  Looking forward to long seam tips ;)

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, January 2, 2020 5:53 PM

Wow!  I'm following this one for sure.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, January 6, 2020 4:58 PM

I am going to build the model buttoned up, so the inner fuselage shell could be glued together without painting.  I am leery about this type of inner/outer shell construction never fitting, so I was careful to clean all molding seams to get the tightest fit possible.

Interesting that the aircraft has a solid aft bulkhead, so no rear loading doors like other military airlifters.

While test fitting the outer fuselage shell pieces, I noticed the wheel wells would need a little help snugging to the lower belly, so they were glued together.  I think this is the way to go, as it saves the builder from a lot of annoying difficult clamping. 

The cockpit is comprised of only one piece.  I noticed the right side pilot's head rest was not fully formed, but am not sure if it is even worth the bother fixing it.  The windshield is a typically small airliner style, so not much will be seen from the outside.

The enormous wings have many flap track fairings, and they are all different, so a system must be employed to keep them sorted.  This is my low-tech method.

Despite the kit's intimidating size, construction so far has been very smooth.  The parts count is actually relatively small for such a large model.  Once the cockpit gets painted, the fuselage can be buttoned up.  The wheel wells are easy to access after construction, so they will be painted afterwards.  The novel landing gear mains were tested to make sure they could be inserted afterwards as well.

 

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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