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Zvezda Be-200
Posted by Real G on Friday, September 11, 2020 4:16 PM

When I first saw photos of the real Beriev Be-200, I thought it was one of those oddball dead-end prototype aircraft.  I was quite surprised that in this day and age a jet powered flying boat would be relevant and enter series production.  A very niche aircraft, but nevertheless one that can perhaps perform certain tasks better than a land based plane.

One thing that immediately struck me was the shallow draft of the hull.  On water, the Be-200 looks like a conventional airliner that had ditched.  I haven't done the Wikipedia dive yet, but imagine that this aircraft was designed to operate on lakes and shallow water, not out on the open sea.

But anyway, it is a fascinating looking airplane so when I saw Zvezda's kit, I decided to grab one.  At 1/144 scale, it isn't very large.  Back during the Cold War, kits from behind the iron curtain were pretty crude, but nowadays they can be very good, and the Be-200 reflects that.

Parts breakdown is conventional, so no surprises.

And a stand is included!

One suprise for me was that in addition to civil markings, Zvezda offered a second option of a military scheme in what looks like that mysterious "eggplant" purple that some Su-34s use.

Looking at internet photos, the underside blue is horrifyingly bright.  The kit has optional underwing pylons with what look like depth charges that are to be painted orange.  This settled my decision to do this scheme.

On a side note, Zvezda will soon be releasing a 1/72 C-130H Hercules, which looks to be excellent.  No more correcting the nacelles on the Italeri kit, which is super long in the tooth anyway.  I am frankly surprised no other kit maker has seen fit to tool a new kit of this iconic workhorse transport.  I think this kit will sell well and spawn lots of variants.  Although tool changes would be extensive, I'll hold out for an AC-130A.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, September 11, 2020 8:18 PM

Now that is cool!  I've got a couple Zvezda kits and the really look nice.  I have the huge 747 and the Hind. 

What a unique airplane.  Diorama perhaps?   Water involved?

Thanks,

John

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

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, September 11, 2020 9:47 PM

Keavdog,

A more talented modeler might do a water base, but I'm lazy and will just do it gear down.

Is your M-24 Hind the new 1/48 kit?  If so, did you buy the rivet decal sheet for it?  It looks bonkers.  I noticed the upcoming C-130H has Japanese markings, so even though I have no business getting one, I might.  Zvezda is really moving from strength to strength these days.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:42 AM

yes its the 1/48 kit.  I'm not aware of the rivet decals but sounds like something I'd avoid.  Very interested in the C130!

Thanks,

John

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

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, September 12, 2020 7:20 AM

Keavdog,

The Mi-24 rivet decals are not “wallpaper” like a Star Trek kit.  But yeah, they are extensive.

And yes, a new (accurate) C-130 is wonderful news.  So far the word on the street is encouraging.  Zvezda got the flattened lower fuselage and correct window shapes in addition to the proper length engine nacelles.

I’d love a Combat Talon machine.  The last time I built a 1/72 Herky Bird was the Airfix kit in 1979.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:11 PM

A quckie slap together of the main components.

It's a pretty small model, similar in size to a Boeing 717.

Fit appears to be excellent.  This is one of those kits where no paint can be allowed on mating surfaces.  I did have to shave down the step inside the hull bottom insert just a smidge to get it to click into place.  I am liking what I see so far.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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