Minicraft/Hasegawa 1/72 MiG-27 Flogger
|PRICE:||$2.00 on the junk kit table|
|DECALS:||Four options (basically red or blue numbers)|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Hasegawa produced a pair of MiG 'swing wing' aircraft with first the MiG-23S and later the MiG-27. These kits shared a few of the same components as the main difference in the two was the nose, intake and armament carried.
This is one of Hasegawa's raised panel line kits and due to the thinness of the plastic compared to their first releases, is what some of us call a 2nd generation kit. The 3rd would be those with engraved panel lines. As you'd expect from a swing wing kit, the main fuselage is divided horizontally with the nose section divided vertically. This also makes it easy to use the same main fuselage for the MiG-23. The one-piece wings are trapped between the upper and lower fuselage halves.
The cockpit is very basic with a generic seat and floor that doubles as the nose gear well. The instrument panel has a decal. No control stick, no rudder pedals and a pilot figure to hide the lack of detail. Landing gear are suitably complex for the kit. Intakes are quite long and as this is the MiG-27, have the simple and short splitter plates. A ventral fin is included and can be glued in the folded position for the ground. Those building the kit on a stick can have it extended. The kit comes with a goodly number of things for under the fuselage. These include a gun, air to air missiles, rocket pods, bombs and two types of fuel tanks; one for the centerline and one for the wing itself.
As this is a Minicraft boxing, the instructions are all in English with seven construction steps, each listing the items to be cemented in order. Generic colors are given for the painting guide. Markings for two somewhat generic aircraft are given. You are given Bort numbers in both blue and red. One can be an overall light grey while the other is in a brown/dark green over light blue camouflage. The decals are well printed and my set are so old as to be useless. Fortunately, you can find aftermarket markings for this aircraft. However, be aware that this kit is of an early preproduction variant and what few markings these had were Soviet.
I bought this kit already started. Apparently the previous owner of the collection from whence it came started kits to a varying degree from just gluing a couple of bits to having them about 80% done and then lost interest and moved on to something else. The shop where I bought this was selling what was there for his widow and there were easily 500 or more kits in this condition.
This kit had the fuselage halves together along with the nose, though they had not been joined. He had also assembled the landing gear (scrape seams?? what's that?) and glued the landing lights into the lower part of the intakes.
I took over by gluing the nose to the fuselage then attaching the intakes. For some reason, kits with side intakes NEVER seem to have these items fit perfectly. Putty was used for both bits. I then went to search for appropriate decals before going much further. Not really finding any (pre-production, remember), I put the kit back on the shelf and awaited inspiration. That came several months later and so I continued the build.
This consisted of masking and installing the canopy as well as attaching some pylons. It was then that I decided to start painting.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
I am quite sure that few if any of you reading this far will bother doing something like this. I did it just to clear another unfinished kit off the shelves. I wasn't concerned about getting things perfect and you can see a few areas of light overspray where my massive masking wasn't effective. No green radomes or wing lights, just a model that if anything else is unique. I've done things like this to slot cars for years and this is my first aircraft. Will there be others? Not sure about that, but at least this is different.
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