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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:



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!







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….














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.














The lower strake and some more intakes glued….







The windscreen glued and masked….







Stabs glued…







More to come soon….






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  • 2 weeks later...



Hi All!



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







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






The canopies are masked in- and out-side;





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


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






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








More to come soon!






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