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Hi folks, I hesitated a long time before posting this thread. I’ve a quite weird modelling practice that is not really compatible with WIP threads as I love working on multiple projects over years. I’m moving from one to another one and come back later. Moreover, in spite of the fact I’ve two SLR digital cameras and various lenses, I do not really use them that much anymore as it is quite time-consuming to prepare everything (batteries, lenses, support, etc.). So, taking pictures is not that easy and finally I’m simply using my mobile camera most of the time! However, this lockdown period changed the way I’m working. I never worked so much on a kit in what I consider to be a short amount of time. I thought about putting that thread in the Cold War group build but as we are now quite close to the end, this makes more sense to be located in the general WIP forum. Why an early MiG-27? Well, when I was a teenager, I received the Hasegawa 1/72 MiG-27 and I was immediately attracted by her mud-mover badass look! To me few jets have this brute stance. One major exception is another of my old favorites: the BAC Jaguar. Alas, this is another missing link in large scale. I was hooked and when the Trumpeter MiG-23 was released, I immediately hoped the 27 would follow… but it never came…! So, for quite some time, I hesitated before purchasing the LEM-Ruporator kit even if this was the only existing option. This was their very first 1/32 model, it had quite mixed reviews on the web and the shapes looked suspect to me. However, the casting looked incredible. Finally, this project became far more complicated than initially foreseen. The ones who know me will not be surprised seeing another Frankenstein creature developed in my laboratory ;-) Now, take a deep breath before reading the following posts!
Hi folks, Some days ago I got the LEM resin kit of the Ki-115. The kit is VERY nice: - Excellent shapes and seemingly accurate dimensions. It looks like they used the only set of detailed plans I know (also available on the web). - Good details with a fully riveted airframe - Nice level of detail - Excellent casting (I really had to look after them to find some very small air bubbles) The kit does not ask for a lot of improvements. Besides some basic improvements detailed hereunder, I recommend purchasing a set of RB belts as the kit has none. Directly, out of my head, I'm thinking at the following attention points: - The engine is correct but as for any other kit needs adding the wiring - The exhausts ends are not hollowed but they are so thin, I am not convinced it would have been possible to cast them otherwise. - The cockpit could have been a little bit more detailed. But this is essentially a classical matter of adding cables, wires and some missing details or elements here and there. The only point that annoys me is the floor as the full airframe had none! This is not terribly difficult to correct (just time-consuming) but could have been correct from the start (ten minutes of search on Google gave me a view of the actual structure). - Be prepared to add your own reinforcement parts for the seams between the wings, elevators and fuselage. Note that dry-fitting shows excellent assembly but simply butt-joining the parts with glue seems a little bit too risky to my eyes! - The kit has no instructions, just a CD with many pictures of the kit. So take your time to analyse things comprehensively. By the way, I got from the web copies of the instruction sheets of the 1/48 and 1/72 injected kits. This will help in assembling and painting. Last, the references about that plane are VERY limited. I have yet to find one good book dedicated to that plane. So, except some rare pictures from preserved airframes, the sources look to be quite limited. The old Monogram book from Mikesh has some elements but if somebody knows a good book about the plane, I would be interested in knowing it. Hope this helps. Thierry