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On 12/7/2020 at 5:27 PM, MARU5137 said:

I have been reading a book and Russian pilot and defector  states that The cockpit in MiGs were painted green color for its soothing effect.

Extract  from the book below:

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Soviet defector and MiG-25 Pilot Viktor Belenko claimed that this was done because it was found to be more soothing and relaxing for the flight crew to operate in a blue-green painted cockpit. This color was very common in both Russian military and civilian aircraft during the Cold War era.

When i worked at the electric utility company i asked why the turbine covers were all painted a soft green color. They said the studies showed it was a relaxing color. Many managers at the utility were ex military people. They must have all been reading those studies in the 60’s but the Russians really took it to heart!

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Hi All!

 

 

A few small things left to be  done in the cockpit and then the canopy will go on!

 

 

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The tabs om the stabilisators were quite weak so I made  new ones from 2mm diameter plastic rod.

OK, you guessed it, I broke them off….

 

 

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The landing gear legs are molded in a quite hard white metal and they were detailed with plastic parts….

I filled the wing root join with a strip of plasticard 1mm thick.

 

 

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The lower strake and some more intakes glued….

 

 

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The windscreen glued and masked….

 

 

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Stabs glued…

 

 

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More to come soon….

 

Stefan

 

 

 

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Hi All!

 

 

The wheel discs painted in the usual, awful green color (WEM Russian Wheel Hub color), common for most Russian aircraft

 

 

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The tires are painted with my usual mix of Dark Sea Grey Hu.123 and Matt Black Hu.33, assembled and ready to go;

 

 

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The canopies are masked in- and out-side;

 

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The seats are washed with a mix of Oil Paints  (Lamp Black/Burnt Umber) and white spirit;

 

(Full of resin dust, sorry about that....)

 

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The canopies painted with that disgusting turquoise (WEM MiG Interior turquoise) color that is supposed to be soothing for the pilot:

 

 

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More to come soon!

 

Stefan

 

 

 

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