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Attention Comardes! Official Pride of Mikoyan-Gurevich GB Launches....

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Attention Comardes! Official Pride of Mikoyan-Gurevich GB Launches....
Posted by Porkbits on Friday, October 24, 2014 7:15 AM

The Central Committee has "compelled" me to become General Secretary of this MiG group build, and I accept. :-)

Rules are simple:

1. Any MiG in any scale, any national markings. 

2. If you've already started a MiG, that's fine.

3. Officially starts RIGHT NOW, EST, and ends April 30th, 2015 (yeah, that's a BIG window, but I'm the World's Slowest Model Builder).

I'm in it with either the Kitty Hawk MiG-25 (a kit as infamous as Stalin) or the Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-19. Because of life/work commitments, I probably won't begin until sometime next month.

As this is my first time leading a GB, further rules/recommendations welcome.

Regards,

Comrade Porkbits

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Comrade Roll Call

Porkbits - KH MiG 25 or Trumpeter 1/32 MiG 19

Texgunner - ESCI/ERTL/AMT MiG-27 Flogger D

Modelcrazy aka Steve - Skarabey MiG 9

Theuns - Trumpeter 1/32 MiG 19

Hypertex - Tamiya 1/48 MiG 15bis

Dre - Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29M

Bruce - 1/48 Great Wall MIG-29 or 1/48 Eduard MIG-21

Matt - Revell's 1/48 Mig-29 with Eduard's AA-10's

Dean - Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-21MF

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Posted by Theuns on Friday, October 24, 2014 11:05 AM

Please put me down for a 1/32 Trump MiG 19

Theuns

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Posted by Porkbits on Friday, October 24, 2014 11:37 AM

Welcome, everyone!

Thread moved here, added Theuns and Hypertex along with build info.

Don't have a patch, though. Hm.

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Posted by Porkbits on Friday, October 24, 2014 11:42 AM

Added Dre and his Trumpy MiG-29M. Welcome, Sir Comrade!

Dre
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Posted by Dre on Friday, October 24, 2014 11:46 AM

Считайте меня в с Трубач 1/32 МиГ - 29М .

(Count me in with a Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29M)

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Posted by Texgunner on Friday, October 24, 2014 1:23 PM

Even though I have three stalled builds taunting me now, put me down for the 1/48 ESCI/ERTL/AMT MiG-27 Flogger D.   It's a pretty basic kit and if I can resist AMS, maybe I can knock this one out in time!Big Smile

Gary, aka Comrade Citizen Texgunner


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Posted by Porkbits on Friday, October 24, 2014 1:35 PM

Done! Looking forward to it.

You cannot resist the power of AMS..... Propeller

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, October 24, 2014 3:26 PM

Ah, man, I've been waiting for a GB like this. Problem is I'm committed to 5 GB's right now and that may grow another three next year.

Do you have a cutoff on when someone can enter? I'm going to do my best to get through the other GB's, then maybe get in on this one. I have several MIG's in the stash and would love to dig one out!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by Porkbits on Friday, October 24, 2014 6:23 PM

Five GBs lol. That's impressive.

But, no, I don't have a cutoff, other than the April 30th deadline for the group....and I'm sure that will get extended. :-)

So please join! The more the merrier.  Lemmeno what you want to build and I"ll add you to the roster.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:48 PM

Comrade Porkbits,

Alright, I'm in, not sure what I'm billding yet. either a 1/48 Great Wall MIG-29 or a 1/48 Eduard MIG-21. I'll let you know for sure once I start the build.

Comrade Брюс

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:59 PM

Comrade Porkbits,

Here is my offering to the State.

The Skarabey MiG 9, a kit witch was manufactured by our own workers in our very own Motherland!

Comrade Modelcrazy.

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Posted by waynec on Saturday, October 25, 2014 8:01 PM

did MIG build ant ground stuff or just targets?

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Posted by Porkbits on Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:16 AM

Welcome, Bruce! Added you to the roster.

And for Steve, a Skarabey MiG 9.

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Posted by hypertex on Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:25 AM

My Tamiya MiG 15bis is the chrome plated edition.

Look at that beautiful chrome. Too bad it has to go. It's a good thing this kit doesn't have a high parts count.

Chris

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:41 AM

Waynec,

From the research I've done, it looks like they only make targets. Mikoyan-Gurevich may have an offshoot company, but I can't find one if they do. Of course I'm not by any means a MiG expert.

Steve

Dre
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Posted by Dre on Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:44 AM

Modelcrazy- sweet, an old school MiG-9!!

Hypertex- shame that chrome has to go, it looks so good.

Wayne- as far as I know MiG OKB only makes aerial platforms to destroy ground targets and other aircraft, but I too am far from an expert on their products.

I stayed up late last night polishing out the usual Trumpeter pebble finish on the plastic, working on the wings and other control surfaces and then I started early this morning on the clean up work on the resin cockpit set...  I need to do a little online sleuthing to find the right color paint for the pilot's office.

Here's what I've done thus far-

I think that I'll order a MiG-17 as I have a donated Hobby Boss MiG-17 that a friend started, but hacked up in an effort to correct the kit's inaccuracies.   Since he included a couple of resin cockpits, i need a fresh kit to put one into... and I don't want to try and fix his "work".

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Posted by Texgunner on Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:50 AM

Dre, I built the 1/48 Hobby Boss MiG-17F a couple years ago and was pretty underwhelmed by the kit.  There were major fit issues with the fore and aft fuselage joint and also wing to fuselage areas.   Just a word to the wise; be on the look-out for those when you tackle it.

Gary

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/p/153727/1651604.aspx#1651604

slideshow:

http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Texgunner/slideshow/MiG-17


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Dre
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Posted by Dre on Sunday, October 26, 2014 12:05 PM

Comrade Tex- I remember that MiG-17!   Still a supersweet camo job.

The 1/32 Hobby Boss kit that I got from dude is..  rough..  even without his extra work.   I just clicked on a Trumpeter kit to replace it.   Probably not any better but it hasn't been hacked up!  (yet)

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Posted by waynec on Sunday, October 26, 2014 5:59 PM

modelcrazy

Waynec,

From the research I've done, it looks like they only make targets. Mikoyan-Gurevich may have an offshoot company, but I can't find one if they do. Of course I'm not by any means a MiG expert.

Steve

figured as much. its not as if i don't have enough GBs already

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:10 PM

Here is the update to the MiG-9M. As I figured, the fit needs quite a bit of filling. There goes a lot of the detail, raised of course, but I'll see if I can't scribe some new detail in or something.  Hmm

Dre
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Posted by Dre on Monday, October 27, 2014 11:25 AM

That's a significant seam line, modelcrazy.   I don't think I've ever seen one that bad ..  good luck!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, October 27, 2014 12:19 PM

Yeah, this is going to be a challenge all right, but I'll get it. In fact, my next few builds are going to be a challenge.

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Posted by Porkbits on Monday, October 27, 2014 2:55 PM

Lol! Now THAT, my friends, is a seam. :-)

Looks like this GB is off and running! Awesome. I'll join soon. Damned job, wife, and kids! ;-)

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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, October 27, 2014 4:03 PM

Porkbits

Looks like this GB is off and running! Awesome. I'll join soon. Damned job, wife, and kids! ;-)

 

Haha, you have the same problem as me! LOL!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

Dre
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Posted by Dre on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:23 AM

Does anyone have good quality (read: LARGE) photos of the MiG-29's gear legs and wells?   I can't seem to find much online that shows the wiring/hydraulics, which I want to add.

I was perusing another site and saw that someone had made some FOD covers for theirs...  I may try and make a pair for this as well.

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Posted by Texgunner on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:45 AM

Dre

I was perusing another site and saw that someone had made some FOD covers for theirs...  I may try and make a pair for this as well.

Dre, If I recall correctly, the old Monogram 1/48 MiG-29 kit come with FOD covers for the main intakes.  I built mine many years ago and would have to check it to be sure but I believe that's correct.  If that kit isn't up to current standards (remember, it was produced back when very little info was available about the Fulcrum), perhaps one could utilize those covers anyway?

Gary


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Dre
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Posted by Dre on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:54 AM

That would be OK, but this is 1/32...   shouldn't be too hard to make some as I "borrowed" a photo of the other guy's to work from.Wink

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Posted by hypertex on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:37 AM

I am having no fun at all stripping the chrome off of my Tamiya MiG 15bis. (This was a raffle prize, so the non-plated edition wasn't an option). My usual method is to soak the parts in nail polish remover  (with acetone) for 2 hours. Most of the plating and undercoat will just slough right off.

But get this, sprue B is different. The plastic on sprue B is a different color and the plating is absolutely impervious to nail-polish remover! And I mean impervious. Not one single flake came off. I have had to resort to my backup method of soaking in degreaser. This method only removes the shiny layer; the clear undercoat is unfazed. To remove the undercoat, I had to rub it off with a cotton swab dipped in Tamiya lacquer thinner. It's a ton of work.

I wonder if this super-sprue is an anomoly or if all these kits behave this way. I mean, why would Tamiya treat one sprue differently? (the sprue in question had the wings, wing tanks, gear doors, and other fiddly bits). One thing is for sure: I'm not going to buy any more plated kits!

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Posted by Texgunner on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:42 AM

I have the same kit and removed the chrome by soaking it in Simple Green for a couple of days.  I still had to "encourage" some of the removal by scrubbing with an old toothbrush, iirc.  It was tough stuff!

Gary


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Dre
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Posted by Dre on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:48 AM

Hypertex- try plain household bleach or brake fluid.   I recall hearing that they stripped chrome quite well.   I would be very wary of using any solvent-based products out of fear of melting or weakening the plastics.

Yesterday/last night's work...

first sprayed the resin cockpit pieces and IP screen a nice MM enamel Flat Black and let dry.

and then I mixed up a grayish-blue to use in the office.   It's a mix of MM enamel Aircraft Gray, Gloss White and some strong pure blue from the FS line...  still a bit too blue for some tastes but oh well. Under the right lights it looks spot-on, but under flourescents the blue really pops.

then I started on the landing gear legs.   Still a lot of work to clean up the seam lines and add some wiring and brake lines.

and lastly I tackled all the weapons pylons included in the kit- I won't need but a few for this MiG but I figured that the spares can be used on other modern Russian jets in the stash, thereby saving time down the line.

I need to go back and clean up the seams on these and then i can start to think about what weapons I'll use- probably some AAM's and a massive drop tank is all.

And that's all for now...

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