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Takom – 1/144 Lun-Class Ekranoplan – Full Build

Kit Number:
3002
Scale:
1:144
Published:
Friday, January 14, 2022
Manufacturer:
TAKOM
Retail Price:
$63
Reviewed By:
James Wechsler

Takom – 1/144 Lun-Class Ekranoplan – Full Build

This is the full build review.  For the first look review, go here:

First Look

Construction

I started the construction by immediately deviating from the kit’s instructions.  The fuselage (hull?) is broken into front and back sections with a left and right side for each.  The kit instructions have you building the front half entirely and then attaching the back half to it.  I’ve built a number of aircraft models that are designed this way too.  My experience is that it’s best to try to attach the front and back of each side together and then attach the two sides.  This way, if there are fit issues, they can be dealt with easier than if the full assemblies are already built.

Sure enough, while the fit is pretty good, there is some filling and sanding required to smooth out the joint between the front and back of each side.

Next I turned to the cockpit.  It’s a pretty simplified design with just the two control yokes and the main tub that has the seats and instrument panel.  This is enough for this small scale and it’s barely visible behind the windows.  I painted it in a blue-green that is typical of Soviet/Russian aircraft and matched the photos I found online.  Then I painted the seats and the control panel and gave the whole assembly a light wash.

Afterwards, I installed the cockpit and the various windows and closed up the two halves.  The fit is pretty good on the top and bottom with only some basic filling and sanding needed.  Then I proceeded to attached the rest of the canopy glass and the other cockpit parts as indicated in steps 1 and 2 of the instructions with the exception of the nose probe which I saved until the end to avoid damage.

From here, I proceeded to build up the other sub-assemblies.  These are the empennage (step 3), engine pods (step 4), wings (steps 5) and missile tubes (step 6).  The fit is generally fine though the fit of the horizontal tails to the vertical tails required a notable amount of filling and sanding.  One other note is that you need to paint the engine fan faces and the exhausts ahead of time as it’ll be very hard to do later.

Then I glued all of the assemblies to the fuselage.  Most fit well but the fit of the engine pods to the upper fuselage was a bit of a problem since the curvature didn’t match.  This required a lot of sanding and filling to fix and then some panel line rescribing was necessary to restore the ones sanded off.

Finally, I attached the nose probe.  Normally I’d leave it off and paint it separately but the fit isn’t great so it needs some filling and sanding.

Painting

I chose to paint the model in the first scheme shown in the instructions.  This is the one that represents the one vehicle that actually flew and was operational.  The others are hypothetical. The scheme is solid medium grey with the bottom of the hull and outriggers a medium blue.  The color call outs are for Mig Ammo paints but I used Tamiya paints since I had them. For the gray I used Tamiya Sky Grey (XF-19) and then panel faded in a lightened version.  The blue is Tamiya Flat Blue (XF-8).  I painted the domes on the tail and nose in Tamiya Medium Grey (XF-20).

After a gloss coat I then added the panel lines using Raw Umber oil paint.  Typically I’d use a dark grey for aircraft paneling but I went with the Raw Umber to give the model a slightly weathered look reflecting it’s constant use in the sea.  Then I flat coated it and added just a bit of weathering.  Along the top of the wing behind the engines, I used a little Tamiya Smoke (X-19) to reflect the engine exhausting over the wing.  I did the same on exhaust deflectors behind the missile tubes.  Finally I added some grime streaks off the control surfaces and flaps.  

Conclusion

This is such an interesting subject and makes for a striking model.  Overall the kit is easy to build with just a little sanding and filling needed. 

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.

Thanks goes out to Takom for this review kit.

Reviewed by James Wechsler

 

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