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Tupolev tu 160 Russian supersonic bomber zvezda 1/144.
This looks like a pretty straight forward kit, wings can be set in three different positions, test fit of the fuselage looks good,a couple of sink marks on the top which I may or may not do anything about,only real issue I can see is the wings are a bit banana looking so they are clamped up and will be spending some while on a radiator,cockpit done and painted but to be honest the windows are so small you probably wouldn't notice if it wasn't there at all.20211002_194026.jpg20211002_204359.jpg20211002_204029.jpg
 

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Nice one mark , ive built this and its a great kit , nicely detailed and surprisingly large when done . Cheers tony
 

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Mark,
got this in the stash, and did quite a bit of research on what happens when the wings are swept back - there are precious few pictures with the vertical stabilisers deployed, - the wings are only swept in flight, so this feature is never seen on the ground ( if the wings are swept the plane tips over backwards ). I've been thinking of a way to show it in flight at supersonic speed................
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It's not surprising that photos aren't common a) It's Russian! b) You have to be going pretty fast to be able to swing the wings back - and even faster to be in front of it to get a decent picture!
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Mark,
got this in the stash, and did quite a bit of research on what happens when the wings are swept back - there are precious few pictures with the vertical stabilisers deployed, - the wings are only swept in flight, so this feature is never seen on the ground ( if the wings are swept the plane tips over backwards ). I've been thinking of a way to show it in flight at supersonic speed................
Dave
Hi dave, it's a nice kit goes together well and a nice quick one, a slight bow in the wings to sort out but no big deal.
 

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Dave,
you piqued my interest with the 'stabiliser' comment, so off i went looking around the web for more info, and I now understand what you meant by it...

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I also found this huge image of it's internal layout /Build up.. she's a big bird indeed.

They wings have three positions, there only half way back in the picture, it is big!not sure about wingspan but longer than a b52.
 

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Hi Mark
Looks to be a decent kit judging by the speed it went together. These things were huge. Are you intending to show it in flight?
Jim
 

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Hi Jim, yes a quick build,first zvezda kit I've done and will be doing more, won't be in flight,the wheels will add detail to what would be a plain looking plane otherwise as not many decals.
 
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