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1/72 Tupolev ANT-25 (photo intensive)

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  • From: A Computer in Adrian, (SE) Michigan.
1/72 Tupolev ANT-25 (photo intensive)
Posted by Lucien Harpress on Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:43 PM

After a nice long, protracted battle with misshapen kit parts and flash that would make a grown man cry, I can say that I'm done with this little jewel of a kit.  After a bit of polishing, of course.  Wink [;)]

 

Despite being a bit of a bear to build, I'm really glad that I did.  The kit is made by a company named Ikar, and was the only kit that the company produced.  I have to personally thank John, a.k.a. jeaton01, for letting me have his spare kit.  Otherwise, there would be no way I could get my hands on this kit.  Thanks!

Decals went down suprisingly well.  The only improvments I made to the kit were the addition of small underwing details, a new vacuformed canopy, and a replacement prop from the Matchbox Vickers Wellesley, the kit prop being more trouble than it was worth to clean up. 

Any comments, honest criticisms, and/or questions are appreciated, and encouraged.  Thanks for looking! 

That which does not kill you makes you stranger...
-The Joker
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  • From: Vernon, BC, Canada
Posted by razordws on Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:52 PM
Wow MIke, that's a gorgeous looking airplane you have there and like most of your builds I'm not likely to see another one like it.  Unless John builds his of course Wink [;)]  Thanks for  posting the pics. Thumbs Up [tup]Thumbs Up [tup]

Dave

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  • From: A Computer in Adrian, (SE) Michigan.
Posted by Lucien Harpress on Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:59 PM

As luck would have it...

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Where I got the inspiration, actually....   

That which does not kill you makes you stranger...
-The Joker
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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, November 01, 2007 10:31 PM
Lookin' good, Mike!  I see you went whole hog and put all the antennas and wires on.  I used wires made of Buckyballs on mine, they are so fine as to be invisible in 1/72 scale, and my loop antenna must be retracted!

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, November 05, 2007 3:01 AM

Great build of a truly unique subject.  I'm going to google it, because I've never heard of an ANT-25.  It's such a large airplane for a single engine.

Semper Fi,

Chris

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    February, 2003
  • From: A Spartan in the Wolverine State
Posted by rjkplasticmod on Monday, November 05, 2007 8:49 AM

Beautiful build Mike Thumbs Up [tup].

Regards,  Rick

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Posted by Lt. Zogg on Monday, November 05, 2007 10:13 AM

Sign - Ditto [#ditto] the above Mike, nice looking build of a rarely seen aircraft.

 Jeff

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    August, 2007
  • From: Southeast Wisconsin
Posted by MaxSheridan on Monday, November 05, 2007 10:36 AM

Nice build!Thumbs Up [tup]Thumbs Up [tup]

Mike, you said they were pretty hard to find, so out of curiosity I did a search. I found one for sale on ebay in the UK for a starting bid of GBP 7.00(approx US $14.57). Don't know how much shipping would be. Just thought somebody would like to know.Big Smile [:D]

Mark

-Mark

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  • From: 40 klicks east of the Gateway
Posted by yardbird78 on Monday, November 05, 2007 1:09 PM

Mike,

Nice work on the ANT, especially the paint job.  You need to switch gears and build something REALLY big like a 1/72 scale XF-85 Goblin!

Darwin, O.F.  Alien [alien]

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The B-52 and me, we have grown old, gray and overweight together.

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  • From: A Computer in Adrian, (SE) Michigan.
Posted by Lucien Harpress on Monday, November 05, 2007 2:11 PM

...which is actually on my "want to build" list...  Big Smile [:D]

Lately I've been looking at a lot of WWI stuff, all of which is pretty tiny.  You may be seeing a few biplanes coming out in the following months..... we'll see.

Thanks for all the comments, guys.  They are all appreciated.

That which does not kill you makes you stranger...
-The Joker

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