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Academy's 1/48 scale
MiG-29 UB Fulcrum B

by Bob Aikens

 

MiG-29 UB Fulcrum B

 


Academy's 1/48 scale MiG-29 UB  is available online from Squadron.com

 

Introduction

 

The copyright date on this kit reads 1993. This and it's sister Fulcrum A kit remain the only 1/48 Fulcrums on the market today.

The Monogram Fulcrum was issued in (I think) 1990 and was based on the early Fulcrum A design-and as far as I know was never upgraded. The awaited Academy offering was quite a step up from the Monogram-especially the very nice surface detailing.

 



I picked up this UB example on the swap/sale table at our local (Island Hobby Group) springtime show here in St. John's. And it sat there for many months (it looked like one of those intimidating Hasegawa kits in the box). I haven't built the 'A' version, but I assume it's fashioned in the same way presented here - with a main joint at mid-point - with the forward components being suitable to the single seat, larger-radomed 'A'.

 

 

Construction

 

The model itself is not complicated, nor does it have a superabundance of parts - but the component arrangement makes for quite a bit of filling and sanding work to smooth out the nose contours (see pic montage). The intake / nacelles also need attention - the front parts are 2-piece arrangements that must be fared into the rear nacelles. This lower arrangement is then fitted clamshell-like onto the upper fuselage section.

 



At first the landing gear and the doors looked quite daunting, but once the main legs were in , the coverings all set in
place very neatly with small drops of crazy glue.

 

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To have an open canopy, new seats at least are required. Someday this model may have them.


 

Painting and Markings

 

As mentioned above it took quite a number of the 'filling,sanding,priming' cycle to get the nose and the nacelle areas
looking adequate. That done however, the main painting went along very smoothly with the use of card masking held
slightly off the surface with rolled-up masking tape. Masking off the di-electric panels on the LEXs was done a bit more gingerly to ensure no under/overspray. Ditto for the small radome .

 



With the unfailingly clear vision that hindsight always produces I realized that I ought not to have used the kit decals.
The larger ones were merely adequate - the small warning markings all silvered. The pin-prick solvaset method helped somewhat, but slight blasts of the original colors were needed to get them to 'blend' with the surface.

I applied a bit of wash at the wing control surface indents- other than that the paneling looked quite adequate.

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2007 by Bob Aikens
Page Created 29 November, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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