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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2016, 01:52:24 am »
This one's creeping ahead in my estimation! :thumbsup:
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37
« Reply #31 on: February 29, 2016, 02:11:13 am »
Finished.  Just need to snap some pics.
I've written the usual load of old tosh to accompany the pics so it should all be up here this time tomorrow.
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37
« Reply #32 on: February 29, 2016, 04:49:20 am »
This one's creeping ahead in my estimation! :thumbsup:


Haha ! Almost missed that one  :lol:

Looking good Sir ! Love the prop.

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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2016, 12:34:09 am »
Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 "Zvezda Vopit"

The Cold War saw the Soviet Union constantly working hard to maintain itís technical lead over the USA by pushing the frontiers of engineering.  This was reflected in the range and number of experimental and prototype aircraft designs that came out of the numerous OKBs (Opytnoye Konstruktorskoye Buro - Experimental Design Bureau).

Designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB in the early 1950ís the purpose of the Ye  37 (Ye = Yedinitsa Ė single unit or prototype) was to further the development of high speed propeller and turbine power plant design.

First flown in May 1953 the Ye-37 was a MiG 15 fitted with an experimental Klimov TV1-117 development engine driving a six bladed propeller.
The TV1-117 was a Turboshaft/jet hybrid designed to provide both a shaft output and thrust with afterburner.  Transferred via an output gearbox, the shaft passed beneath the pilot to the propeller.

Right from the start noise was a problem.  As the tips of the propeller blades broke the sound barrier (which they did at anything more than a fast idle) the shock waves caused broken windows, sent loose objects flying and even knocked over unprepared ground crew.  Take off runs had to be carried out on runways well away from other aircraft, personnel and buildings to avoid damaging them and pilots complained of hearing loss, numbness, loose teeth, tinnitus and incontinence following test flights.

The experimental life of the Ye-37 wasnít long.  On August 27 1953 senior test pilot Fedor Fedorovitch strapped on his heavy duty flight truss, adjusted his adult nappy to a more comfortable position, put in his heavy duty ear plugs, donned his sound proof helmet, bit down on his vibration dampening gum shield (his fillings had already been reinforced as a precaution but he was proud of his winning smile) and took the Zvezda Vopit (Starscream - as it was nicknamed by those working with it) up to 40,000ft for the first full power afterburner run.

The result was 720mph in level flight and a corridor of sonic destruction 23 miles wide.  There were broken windows, ruptured oil tanks, cracked paving, shattered ceramic tiles, dead and panicked livestock, deafness (both permanent and temporary), miscarriages, heart attacks, seizures, strokes, at least one outbreak of terminal flatulence, a two headed calf was born to a bull and the small farming community of Vludibarstod, which had the misfortune to lie directly under the flight path, vanished into the ground as the permafrost liquidised.

A post flight inspection revealed severe vibration induced airframe fractures and the Zvezda Vopit was grounded never to fly again.
The programme did however provide a vast amount of data which was fed back into both the propeller and engine development teams.
The engine was removed but the airframe remains on display at the Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino.

Eventually reports of the mysterious swathe of destruction leaked to the West who for many years were so convinced that the name Starscream related to some kind of secret airborne sonic weapon that they allocated millions in research funding in an attempt to find a way of combating it.

The model.  Dragon 1/72 MiG 15 lengthened slightly with scratch built spinner.  The inlet cone is half a bomb of some sort filled with lead and the prop blades are cut down resin C130J scimitar blades (by OzMods I think Ė they come as part of a set with 4 engine nacelles I am saving for those special Whiffs).  Nose gear is lengthened.  Guns are removed.  Paint is silver car paint and metalisers.  Decals are (IIRC) Airfix Pe3.  Red stars only as from my in-depth research (reading Gunston & Gordons book on the MiG 21) it appears that Soviet Prototypes generally didnít carry numbers.
There are some sink marks on the top of the wings above where the flap hinge lines are on the underside.  I didnít fill them as to do so would mean sacrificing all those wonderful rivets to the gods of PSR.  Other than that though itís not a bad kit.
Pilot and ladder are from a Hasegawa Pilots and Crew set.
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2016, 02:49:32 am »
 :bow: :thumbsup:
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #35 on: March 01, 2016, 03:47:20 am »
An absolute SCREAM, (pun intended) I love it.  :wub: :thumbsup: :bow:

The description of the final test flight had me in stitches, I'm still grinning now.  :lol: ;D

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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #36 on: March 01, 2016, 03:48:57 am »
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  Fantastic!!

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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #37 on: March 01, 2016, 05:41:58 am »
An absolute SCREAM, (pun intended) I love it.  :wub: :thumbsup: :bow:

The description of the final test flight had me in stitches, I'm still grinning now.  :lol: ;D

An absolute WINNER Fred!  ;D

What the esteemed gentleman in the hat said! ;D :bow:
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2016, 05:51:19 am »
An absolute SCREAM, (pun intended) I love it.  :wub: :thumbsup: :bow:

The description of the final test flight had me in stitches, I'm still grinning now.  :lol: ;D

An absolute WINNER Fred!  ;D

What the esteemed gentleman in the hat said! ;D :bow:

I second that comment.  :bow:
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2016, 06:58:55 am »
Great build, marvellous story. I was in tears of laughter  ;D :bow: Only time I've heard of terminal flatulence prior to this was in reference to some of my "better" ones, but that referred to their effect on others  :rolleyes:
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2016, 07:43:13 am »
An absolute SCREAM, (pun intended) I love it.  :wub: :thumbsup: :bow:

The description of the final test flight had me in stitches, I'm still grinning now.  :lol: ;D

An absolute WINNER Fred!  ;D

What the esteemed gentleman in the hat said! ;D :bow:

I second that comment.  :bow:

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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2016, 09:45:53 am »
An absolute SCREAM

What he said ! Great stuff. I really like the model, the wee dio is perfect as well. Great story.....thanks !

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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2016, 10:10:53 am »
That's great - love the back story: Vludibarstod is presumably in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Bakovbiondistan is it?  ;)
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #43 on: March 01, 2016, 06:00:57 pm »
Mamma mia...  :o That thing would be a weapon of mass destruction, imagine a squadron flying over a target, they wouldn't need anything else... :blink:
That backstory, LMAO reading that, thank you!  ;D :thumbsup:
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Re: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-37 Zvezda Vopit
« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2016, 10:03:50 pm »
Thanks folks.  Glad you like it.

Vludibarstod is indeed in Bakovbiondistan H.  It's about 150 miles North of the administrative capital Stalinsarsich...
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