Hi everyone! Another day, another project!
Earlier this year, Zvezda released long anticipated new model of the famous MiG-29 fighter, namely the 9.13 version with slightly bigger spine than the baseline 9.12 version. Just a few months later, a new boxing was released with decals for the Swifts aerobatic group, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Upon first inspection, the model presents a typical new generation Zvezda kit. Finely engraved details but without rivet detail, nice wheelbay surfaces of correct shapes and dimensions but no wiring, basic cockpit and a nice selection of armament. Indeed, buying the Swifts version of the kit will considerably fill your armament spares box. Decals are printed in matt and appear slightly thick, but more on that when we get to decalling.
I will bring forward some downsides of the build so far, but follow closely, as not everything is as black as this post might suggest.
Part of the main wheel wells. There are pin marks in there, but truth be told, when installed, they are hardly visible, they are easy to remove if spotted before assembly (or warned by me :D) and are the only visible pin marks I have noticed in the entire kit.
Engine intakes are done similar to their Su-27SM – they are two part and split along the edge. I am not a fan of such design as it requires the seam cleanup along the entire length of the engine nacelle – luckily, there’s not a lot of details in this section, so the lost panel lines are easily rescribed and a plus – intake lips are really thin!
An unusual design of the forward part of the fuselage leaves some gaps (I am quite sure it’s not my fault as I’ve seen other modellers with the same problem). Luckily, cleanup again is quite straightforward, especially using water based putty like (Deluxe Materials Perfect Plastic Putty).
Cockpit and the ejection seat are basic – decals (slightly out of register) for the instruments mimic the photos of the real aircraft. As I am building this model OOB and with closed canopy, I didn’t bother with super detailing, but the next will certainly be improved.
The new generation of Zvezda kits includes the transparent plastic which has a soft elastic feel to it. Good thing is that it is not as brittle as normally transparencies are but on the other hand, clarity of the parts can be an issue and in my case, the main canopy was sort of squashed a little, sitting too low and too wide. Due to its elasticity, I force-glued it to the fuselage but nevertheless I couldn’t get a really perfect fit.
Despite my critics, I have to admit, those are the only ones I had during the construction of the model. Apart from some minor things mentioned before, the model really falls together, is very accurate and so far, I have been really enjoying building it.
Looking good so far.
Only thing that’s given me real trouble are the separate wing tips.
Thank you, Ryan. They are a bummer, but with a little care, they can be blended it in without many problems.
Looking good! I have the Trumpeter MiG-29 kits, (9-12,13 & 19)… but after getting the Zvezda Su-33 last week, I think I may have to get their MiG-29 too!
Thank you! I am still waiting to receive their Su-33. I have Trumpeter’s 9.12 in stash which I will be building up soon, but as I said, I really enjoy this Zvezda kit and the open auxiliary intakes on Trump’s kit are a big turnoff for me.
Just find a pilot somewhere and put it in the cockpit. No more aux intakes problem.
Zvezda gives you one seated and one standing pilot figures, as well as wheel chocks and engine exhaust and intake covers as a bonus.
Don’t be much happy for trumpeter kit. I have 9.12 and 9.13 and but are having a fitting issue with the cone. Air air intakes need attention too. to avoid creating “a step”. But their tooling and the way they have the pieces are top.
well, I’ll see about that myself soon. Having dealt with short-runs before, I practice the ‘dryfit before glueing’ method with all kits.
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Sebastijan Nice to see you making and reviewing this bird.
I’m so sorry for the canopy 😦 Bad thing