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GROUP BUILDS => The 2017 One Week Build => Topic started by: jalles on May 26, 2017, 07:25:21 am

Title: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on May 26, 2017, 07:25:21 am
To hedge their bets against the failure of the MiG-29, MiG creates the ultimate version of the MiG-23.  MiG ditched the VG wings, revised the intakes for better performance and integrated the latest air-to-air weaponry in a bid to keep the MiG-23 competitive.

So I'll essentially be putting some new wings and intakes on a MiG-23 I had lurking in the stash.

I've never finished a model in a week, so I doubt I'll finish but I'm going to give it a shot!

Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on May 27, 2017, 11:34:41 am
Started cutting and filling open spaces.  The new intakes expose more of the side, so it all needs to be filled and sanded.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4275/34888705966_b2ecd21b05_b.jpg)

New intakes come from an Su-34, they're too wide so they need to be cut down.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4196/34765527132_f47bc5a3c2_b.jpg)

Wings come from an F-16 with scratch built wing roots.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4199/34797550211_7c7ceacb7b_b.jpg)

Horizontal stabilizers are cut down Su-34 stabilizers.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4270/34542174860_5ddd584bbf_b.jpg)

Intakes narrowed and glued together.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4276/34888705376_466c3ec052_b.jpg)
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: sandiego89 on May 27, 2017, 03:19:55 pm
Oh I like this idea....might look a bit like a Mirage F.1
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Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2017, 01:08:16 am
So neat and tidy  :bow: Looking good  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Weaver on May 28, 2017, 07:47:25 am
Excellent - the MiG-23's got loads of potential. I'm considering it for a project of my own, but the result wouldn't be 'MiG' at all.
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: DogfighterZen on May 28, 2017, 04:10:27 pm
Oh yes, this will certainly look very good! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on June 01, 2017, 06:02:19 am
I've been spending every spare moment working on the MiG, I haven't had time for updates.  So here's a brief progress report.

Mostly just getting the intakes right.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4246/34179640004_9c54dea5cc_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4274/34636095020_191f960e6f_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4269/34891291871_e380c2d11f_b.jpg)

I got the wings on this morining.  I'm really hoping I get this done in time.
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on June 02, 2017, 07:21:44 am
Almost ready for painting!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4229/34887389072_094457948a_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4289/34663892910_9963c9c430_b.jpg)

I wish I had more time to scribe panel lines, but the deadline demands I move along.
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Gondor on June 02, 2017, 08:18:41 am
Looks a bit like a shrunken MiG-25

Gondor
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Captain Canada on June 02, 2017, 08:49:41 am
Wow what a great idea ! Love the shape so far nice one !
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 02, 2017, 11:40:20 am
Looks a bit like a shrunken MiG-25

Gondor

Thought of that too! Single engine Foxbat! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: AXU on June 02, 2017, 12:50:21 pm
Oh man this is awesome  :wub: and at the end it will surely be impressive .
Great kitbash  :thumbsup:

I wish I had more time to scribe panel lines, but the deadline demands I move along.
A complex camouflage with 3 colors will diminish the need for extra panel lines...as I said,will be an excellent model
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: strobez on June 02, 2017, 03:52:27 pm
Whoah... not even done, but an early contender in my book.  What a great idea! It seems so logical and yet creative at the same time.  Love it!
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: zenrat on June 02, 2017, 04:29:36 pm
Looking good.
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on June 03, 2017, 06:30:43 am
Hey guys, thanks for the kind words!

I totally agree that it looks like a mini Foxbat.

Just got the first coat of paint on.

A complex camouflage with 3 colors will diminish the need for extra panel lines...as I said,will be an excellent model

Hmmm...I was hoping for a simple paint scheme to save time.  In the end I'll meet in the middle, a few more panel lines, a little more complex paint scheme.
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: AXU on June 03, 2017, 07:54:30 am
Whatever you choose the result will be the same (http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/105.gif)
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on June 04, 2017, 03:14:28 pm
Yeah, I'm finally done.  I think that's the quickest I've built a model in 20 yrs.

To hedge their bets against the failure of the MiG-29, MiG created the ultimate version of the MiG-23.  MiG switched to fixed wings, revised the intakes for better performance and integrated the latest air-to-air weaponry in a bid to keep the MiG-23 competitive.

Work on the MiG-23MLGD and the MiG-29 proceeded concurrently with the MiG-23MLGD sharing most of the MiG-29 weapons systems and avionics. Early in 1978 a fly off occurred between the two types. While the MiG-23MLGD was found to have very similar performance it was felt that it was at the end of the line in regards to upgrades while the MiG-29 had considerable growth potential.

Regardless 48 Mig-23MLGDs were produced before production switched over to the MiG-29. 

Anyway, here are the pics.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4274/34290412953_f4b4cb8bc3_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4200/34290412283_37a6444d4f_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4270/34290412753_4b90c7098a_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4199/34713580210_2e01e5e45f_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4246/34713579610_a949a40d60_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4230/34290412423_62ee445dc5_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4214/34713578880_edfa46d5a4_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4233/34713578240_4ff752327f_b.jpg)
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Martin H on June 04, 2017, 03:17:50 pm
now that realy works.  :thumbsup:

One very tidy model.
I realy like the look of this one  ;D
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Thorvic on June 04, 2017, 03:21:34 pm
 :thumbsup: oh now that's looks very nice indeed. A great conversion and a great build & finish looks fully plausible  :mellow:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on June 04, 2017, 03:32:46 pm
:thumbsup: oh now that's looks very nice indeed. A great conversion and a great build & finish looks fully plausible  :mellow:
Can't put it any better! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Weaver on June 04, 2017, 03:58:14 pm
Excellent model and really nice paint - good job all round!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: AXU on June 04, 2017, 04:41:45 pm
The result is the one I expected  :wub: :thumbsup:  AWESOME !!! Is all I can say.
Great job !
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 04, 2017, 08:47:19 pm
I'm in love... :wub: :wub: Superb model and pics! :bow:
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Post by: Old Wombat on June 04, 2017, 09:17:15 pm
Sweet! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: ysi_maniac on June 05, 2017, 03:01:55 am
Just perfect!
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Post by: zenrat on June 05, 2017, 03:06:46 am
Fab.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 05, 2017, 08:10:37 am
My oh my, she is neat  :wub:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: strobez on June 05, 2017, 08:25:57 am
I'm tagging this one as the build to beat... just wow.  :-X
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: loupgarou on June 05, 2017, 11:37:31 am
Most beautiful!
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Post by: Gondor on June 05, 2017, 02:35:31 pm
This looks absolutely fantastic even if the pilot looks as if he needs a booster cushion  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: jalles on June 05, 2017, 03:34:57 pm
This looks absolutely fantastic even if the pilot looks as if he needs a booster cushion

Don't even get me started on the seat.  I swear I dry-fitted it earlier, but when it was time to glue in the pilot his head kept hitting the canopy  :banghead:.  I tried everything to get the original seat to fit but too no avail. After trying every ejection seat I had, I finally found an F-16 one that would fit with the pilot.

I was just happy the canopy closed  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: MiG-23MLGD
Post by: Captain Canada on June 07, 2017, 05:51:25 am
Wow. Great build ! The paint work is impeccable.....so good ! Love all the ords as well, always a sucker for a loaded up aeroplane.

 :bow: