October 2015 News Roundup

 A catch-up on June, July, August and September 2015. We are now up to Issue 37 of the DeAgostini Millennium Falcon which more-or-less completes assembly of the low hull. After all the excitement of customising the Hall interior this became pretty … Continue reading

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On the Bench – 3rd Jan 2014 update – 1/48th scale OEZ Su-7 and a Kopro Su-17

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The OEZ Su-7 intake shock cone on the left. As you can see this took a lot of filler and no doubt will need some work after primer is applied. The Su-22 equivalent on the right is show here upside down and also shows a lot of filler.

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Two views of the Su-22 fuselage with the Cutting Edge resin exhaust pipe.

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Two views of the SU-7 fuselage sides with the Eduard photo-etch cockpit walls and control panel in place. The fit between the Eduard items is very poor leaving massive gaps between the side panels and the central control panel. On the starboard side I inserted a section of the Cutting Edge control panel to join the two. This assembly presents a unique challenge in that the cockpit wall need to be added AFTER the cockpit bath is in place because the different layers of wall structure overlap. In this case I have fixed everything in place for painting purposes and will bend the photo-etch out of the way in final assembly.

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On the left (above) the internal cockpit walls of the Su-22. Most of this area is filled with the Cutting Edge resin cockpit bath (shown below). The other modification here is the addition of the blower flaps for the auxiliary engine intakes. There are two each side of the forward airframe but only the upper two flop inwards under the force of gravity when the internal hydraulic pressure eases off. You can see pictures of both blower doors open inwards but this when the aircraft is hooked up to a power supply and the engine is running. As I will depict the aircraft unpowered and at rest this would not be appropriate. I did not add this feature to the Su-7 as so very few photos show these doors open. Note that these doors have been cut into the fuselage sides based upon scale plans not the kit panel lines. The kit shows these two doors as being the wrong shape and size. I have super-glued over the panels lines and will re-scribe these later on.

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Close-ups of the Cutting Edge resin cockpit bath for the Su-22. It is now ready for painting.

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Another two shots of the Cutting Edge cockpit.

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The Cutting Edge ejection seat for the Su-22 ready for painting.

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The Eduard Brassin ejection seat for the Su-7. This is without a doubt the finest piece of resin I have ever seen. The printed instructions give the impression that this has been entirely designed on a computer-aided design system. The moulding is crisp and flawless. Most of the photoetch is pre-painted. Here we see it assembled with all the photoetch [that was not pre-painted] attached. It is ready for painting.

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Closer look at the Eduard photoetch employed for the Su-7 engine exhaust. There is no resin here, this is a kit part enhanced with photoetch. Note the lovely afterburner ring and the exhaust petals.

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Here we can see three views of the Su-7 cockpit tub which uses some kit parts with Eduard photo-etch and a bit of scratch-building. The rear bulkhead is from the Neomega Su-22 resin cockpit. It has been cut to shape and the thinned down to fit. It really makes the rear of the cockpit come alive and look suitably ‘busy’. Unfortunately I could find no references for this area of the aircraft so had to rely upon the Eduard. They supplied nothing for the rear of the cockpit.

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On the Bench – 1/48th scale OEZ Su-7 and a Kopro Su-17 – Oct 2013

With the Finemolds Millennium Falcon complete on the 22nd August 2013 I took a two month hiatus to populate the Small Wonder YouTube channel as well as rip my CD collection to MP3. By the 27th October I was ready to start the Kopro kit. I opened the Cutting Edge cockpit detail set for Su-22M and compared it to the Neomega equivalent. Both are a respectable representations of the cockpit but I chose the Cutting Edge example as a basis for the Su-17/22. The Neomega instructions consist of one small piece of paper with an exploded view of the assembly – rather inadequate. The Cutting Edge kit is much better with an entire two sides of A4 – although it is mostly text. The Cutting Edge instructions are occasionally baffling and it isn’t clear where some of the parts go because they are not mentioned at all. More diagrams and less waffle might have helped. The Neomega set includes the nosewheel undercarriage bay whilst the Cutting Edge set includes the canopy frames so a hybrid of the two will be best.

You can visit the Kopro inventory page here: http://www.small-wonder.org/Projects_KP_Su-17.htm and the OEZ inventory page here: http://www.small-wonder.org/Projects_OEZ_Su-7.htm Continue reading