Very pretty Fulcrum released by Revell and reviewed by Paul Carter
Revell 1/72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S Fulcrum
With design work started by the Mikoyan Bureau in the early 1974, the Mig-29 (NATO Codename Fulcrum) was developed for Soviet Air Force Advanced Lightweight Tactical Fighter programme in with the prototype taking to the air in 1977.
Entering service with the Soviet Air Force in 1982, the initial Fulcrum were deployed to replace the Mig-23 Flogger as a front line fighter for use in combat zones and within a short distance from the front, as opposed to its stable mate, the Su-27, with its longer reach for the Interdiction role.
The high thrust-to-weight ratio, excellent aerodynamics, rapid acceleration with a high rate of climb coupled with a look-down/shoot down and the world’s first in-service Helmet Mounted Site made the Fulcrum an excellent fighter aircraft.
The Mig-29S was developed in the 1980’s, the first variant to carry underwing fuel tanks, it had better weapons systems, a larger weapons load, and in the new hump along the upper fuselage, improved ECM and another fuel tank.
Operated by over 30 countries, the Fulcrum is powered by 2x Klimov RD-33 turbofans making the aircraft capable of better than Mach 2.3. Armament consists of one 30mm GSh-30L cannon with 150 rounds, and an assortment of AA- 8 Aphid (R60), AA-10 Alamo (R27T), AA-11 Archer (R73), FAB 500-M62, FAB-1000, TN-100, ECM Pods, S-24, AS-12, AS-14.
While packed in Revell livery, this is actually a rebox of the Zvezda model released in early 2016. The end opening box contains 192 parts on six sprues, upper fuselage, lower fuselage, various body parts, 2x weapons/engine sprues and a pilot sprue with both a sitting and standing variant. There is a single transparency sprue with a well moulded, relatively thin, canopy. The kit is complemented by a 16-page instruction booklet and an Italian printed decal sheet.
The plastic itself is of a medium grey and is decent quality, quite flexible so as not to break parts as you remove them, but strong enough to hold their shape even after some rough handling. As you would expect in a moulding of this age, the sprues are crisply cast, having very little flash while the recessed panel lines are nicely refined.
Construction is in standard order for aircraft kits; the well detailed cockpit is followed by the fuselage, wings, engines, tail fins, undercarriage and the weapons payload. This all goes together with no dramas and little filler.
After that it is time for paint and decals and the decals are my only real area of criticism on this kit, firstly there no stencils on the sheet at all, somewhat at odds with most releases nowadays, and secondly, there is only one paint scheme included, that of the ‘Russian Falcons’ display team in 2008, albeit with two Buzz numbers, Red 29 & 32. No front line jet, so why add the full weapons load-out in the kit?
In my experience, Zvezda (although in Revell packaging in this case) make good models of Russian jets and this is no different. It goes together really well with no major fit issues, on completion the main leg oleos may look a little long but there is little else I can see wrong with this model. All in all, a good product which will build up into an excellent representation of the Mig-29S but I would be tempted to pick up some aftermarket decals.
The Real Thing
Mig-29 Fulcrum – Warbird Tech Vol 41 - Yefim Gordon and Peter Davison, Speciality Press 2005, ISBN 1-58007-085-X
Mikoyan MiG-29 - Famous Russian Aircraft, Yefim Gordon, Midland Publishing. 2006, ISBN 1-85780-231-4
Authentic Decals AD7203 Aircraft Decals – Stencils & National markings for 6 nations including USSR Mig-29S.
Begemont Decals BT7237 Aircraft Stencils
Dream Model DM0503 - Resin K-36D Ejections Seat
Eduard EDSS555 Aircraft Detailing Set – Cockpit Interior for Zvezda Mig-29S
Metallic Details MDMD7206 – Detailing set for Zvezda Mig-29S
Scale Aircraft Conversions SAC72134 – White Metal Landing Gear
Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model stores. For details visit www.revell.de/en
Product: Construction kit
Price: approx £22
|Revell 1/72 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S Fulcrum|
By Martyn Chorlton
by Martyn Chorlton
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