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Old 01-17-2021, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This one just landed in my collection from the FlyingMule:

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Mikoyan MiG-29SMT Fulcrum-E
Russian Air Force, Red 20
Lipsetsk AB, Russia, 2012
1/72 Scale, Item: HA6550

Russia intends to upgrade first generation MiG-29 (9.12 to 9.13) to a new standard; the MiG-29 SMT (9.19). Up to 150 aircraft will have a larger fuselage spine with additional fuel tanks. The aircraft will have better HOTAS (hands on throttle-and-stick), two color LCD MFDs and two small monochrome LCDs; a new radar system; improved engines and an increased weapons capability. In 2012 Red 20 RF-92233 c/n 2960734100 was located at Lipetsk Ai

Lovely model by Hobby Master. The hump on the fuselage spine and the colors really makes this MiG-29 stand out. I was also surprised it came with the Kh-31 Missiles, seems a bit heavy for such a small aircraft (but whatever it looks good). Just like with every MiG-29 release: don't forget to attach those lights on the gear doors and add the antenna on the spine. Other than that, she's a beauty and I thin the colors came out great. Here's some pics:












You can choose to add a Witty Wings/JC Wings MiG-29 Display stand instead, it will fit perfectly and accommodate the center fuel tank.

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Old 01-18-2021, 03:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-18-2021, 07:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Model looks great however the new version of the '29' looks awesome at certain angles and very odd at other angles,if that makes sense? I'm trying to get used to that hump!!
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Hey! Thank you for posting the photo`s of your lovely SMT. I was holding back from purchasing one due to the darker tones on the pre-production photo`s. Now that i have seen yours, and seen HM have lightened them up a great deal, i am totally blaming you for making me part with my cash!!! Mig ordered!!!
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Hey! Thank you for posting the photo`s of your lovely SMT. I was holding back from purchasing one due to the darker tones on the pre-production photo`s. Now that i have seen yours, and seen HM have lightened them up a great deal, i am totally blaming you for making me part with my cash!!! Mig ordered!!!
I just about pulled the trigger on one Friday while checking with a retailer about the status of upcoming IRIAF MiG-29 from HM. It's temting for sure! Great pics btw.
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Thanks SKF. I just can’t get past HM’s refusal to paint the demarcation lines behind the radome properly. And not for the first time either:
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I just can’t get past HM’s refusal to paint the demarcation lines behind the radome properly. And not for the first time either:
It`s not perfect i agree, but at least they have lightened the dark grey, which was my biggest concern. The demarcation line although not right, can be easily rectified with mixing a bit of paint and some masking tape thankfully. Dark colours are easier to match (discrepancies are less visible)than light ones. And it`s such a tiny area that needs painting, it shouldn`t be too noticeable anyway.

I`m just thankful they toned down that grey!!!
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It`s not perfect i agree, but at least they have lightened the dark grey, which was my biggest concern. The demarcation line although not right, can be easily rectified with mixing a bit of paint and some masking tape thankfully. Dark colours are easier to match (discrepancies are less visible)than light ones. And it`s such a tiny area that needs painting, it shouldn`t be too noticeable anyway.

I`m just thankful they toned down that grey!!!
You’re right, I could fix it. I’ve fixed many models in the past. I just can’t be bothered this time, and we shouldn’t have to at these prices. They were given more than enough notice of this, they just flat out refused.
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I hear you my friend, but what more can we do. I suppose you have to look whether the plus`s of the model outweigh the minuses. whether your glass is half full or empty. If you look at things too minutely you can beat yourself up big time about it. I look at it like this... Could i build and finish a model as good as what is offered by the manufacturers? And do i have the time to build and finish a model, rather than buy one ready made?

Don`t get me wrong. I`m a bit of a perfectionist at heart, but sometimes you`ve just got to sit back and admire the model for what it is. I don`t have the time to build from plastic much these days. (Though i have 6 each of F-94`s/ 94C Starfires & P80/F-89`s/B47`s awaiting to be built! as well as a resin Anigrand XB-49).

Please don`t beat yourself up about it. It isn`t worth it. We all moan, and rightly so, but there is really so much to enjoy about this hobby to be downbeat.
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I just about pulled the trigger on one Friday while checking with a retailer about the status of upcoming IRIAF MiG-29 from HM. It's temting for sure! Great pics btw.
Just received my SMT today! and i am sooo glad i decided to purchase one. It is extremely good indeed! Very happy with it. (Just admiring it on my mantlepiece at the min).
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Old 01-28-2021, 07:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Just received my SMT today! and i am sooo glad i decided to purchase one. It is extremely good indeed! Very happy with it. ...

Glad you like it. Overall its really nice looking model.

...apart of that triangles.
And pitot.
And pilot.
And too long NLG


Yep, Hobby Master models are simply forcing us to use kinda ambivalent approach. If you buy one, you (...me, everyone) must often be easy on mistakes, must lower your/his/our accuracy level (at least those ´unfortunate´ of us who have higher accuracy perception - especially when it comes to their favourite airframes). We have to learn not to see the shortcomings ..... which are visible anyway. We should learn to look at the models "from the distance"...

But sad is, that those missing triangles as Adour noted (and they are visibly much more striking than I expected ), are actually not a mistake - this is deliberate decision of Hobby Master. Its like message: Collectors, you are not worth us to paint two small stupid triangles to deliver model as nice & accurate as possible. How much can such operation cost in the production? Cents? Dollars? Certainly not as much as to make collectors to withdraw from the buy. There´s just not will. Hobby Master knew about those triangles since the first day the artwork got public.

And obviously here we are again:
if Hobby Master knows that they sell everything no matter the number / severity of errors, they just don´t bother. But honestly, this shouldn´t be attitude of company operating in scale models business....
...just my two bitcoins.

Sad is that, as mentioned, the unpainted triangle is not for the first time - and not for the last time either (together with many other unnecessary errors). And let´s not forget that the origin of this problem is that obscure HM´s tight-fisted decision to make 29s and 27/35/33s upper/lower division lines horizontal, not slanted, just to make them as cheap to produce as possible, but much to the detriment of the beauty of the model. Again - this shouldn´t be attitude of any company operating in scale models business, imho.

Ok, finally, upon many collector´s requests, HM decided to paint the triangles on SU-35s and J-11Bs to somehow mask that hideous eyesore horizontal division line. But why not on Mig-29s? Are they less important or what? Thats just weird. Therefore its good that collectors ask/push/help Hobby Master to correct / avoid their mistakes on upcoming releases.
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Glad you like it. Overall its really nice looking model.

...apart of that triangles.
And pitot.
And pilot.
And too long NLG


Yep, Hobby Master models are simply forcing us to use kinda ambivalent approach. If you buy one, you (...me, everyone) must often be easy on mistakes, must lower your/his/our accuracy level (at least those ´unfortunate´ of us who have higher accuracy perception - especially when it comes to their favourite airframes). We have to learn not to see the shortcomings ..... which are visible anyway. We should learn to look at the models "from the distance"...

But sad is, that those missing triangles as Adour noted (and they are visibly much more striking than I expected ), are actually not a mistake - this is deliberate decision of Hobby Master. Its like message: Collectors, you are not worth us to paint two small stupid triangles to deliver model as nice & accurate as possible. How much can such operation cost in the production? Cents? Dollars? Certainly not as much as to make collectors to withdraw from the buy. There´s just not will. Hobby Master knew about those triangles since the first day the artwork got public.

And obviously here we are again:
if Hobby Master knows that they sell everything no matter the number / severity of errors, they just don´t bother. But honestly, this shouldn´t be attitude of company operating in scale models business....
...just my two bitcoins.

Sad is that, as mentioned, the unpainted triangle is not for the first time - and not for the last time either (together with many other unnecessary errors). And let´s not forget that the origin of this problem is that obscure HM´s tight-fisted decision to make 29s and 27/35/33s upper/lower division lines horizontal, not slanted, just to make them as cheap to produce as possible, but much to the detriment of the beauty of the model. Again - this shouldn´t be attitude of any company operating in scale models business, imho.

Ok, finally, upon many collector´s requests, HM decided to paint the triangles on SU-35s and J-11Bs to somehow mask that hideous eyesore horizontal division line. But why not on Mig-29s? Are they less important or what? Thats just weird. Therefore its good that collectors ask/push/help Hobby Master to correct / avoid their mistakes on upcoming releases.
That for me is it in a nutshell. All these companies have budget limitations. All these companies make errors - lots of them. That’s quite enough to be dealing with. HM refusing do some simple painting is really unacceptable IMHO. Of course Carlo’s right, if you “need” an SMT in your collection then you don’t have much choice. I’d have liked one, I don’t need one.

Same goes for the recent Italian F-104 foul up. I was really looking forward to it, but I’m not fixing it - even if on that occasion it was an accident. It was right, not cost-cutting? Then again, cost cutting is probably how that accident happened. And you can add the screwed up IX Sqn Tornado to the recent list too. There’s £225 right there for my beer fund - thanks HM. I know there’s new collectors coming in who buy everything right now, great. There better be. But here’s the thing, they won’t forever either, and standards have been dropping for a long time. Sooner or later the new guys will notice what HM are up to.
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Model looks great however the new version of the '29' looks awesome at certain angles and very odd at other angles,if that makes sense? I'm trying to get used to that hump!!
I personally thought the hump took away from the MiG-29's good looks, but it's tolerable with the splinter camoflauge. Camo does work, HAHA!
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I personally thought the hump took away from the MiG-29's good looks, but it's tolerable with the splinter camoflauge. Camo does work, HAHA!
I personally like the the Mig-29 with the `Hump`. I think it adds a lot of character, but i`m not going to take the hump with anyone who doesn`t.


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...apart of that triangles.
And pitot.
And pilot.
And too long NLG
Is it really that bad? Pitot and pilot don`t particularly worry me. Demarcation line can definitely be resolved, as previously mentioned. The NLG probably could, but it would mean cutting various parts of the gear/appendages to get it to sit and look right. Unfortunately this would mean weakening the leg, which i`m not prepared to do on a heavy die-cast. However, i display most of my models `in-flight` so this isn`t really an issue for myself.

It just looks to me as though the pilot has just released the brakes in full afterburner and is ready to roll!

However. If i was waiting for a HM F-35 and saw what a mess that turned out to be, then i WOULD definitely say that was BAD!! The only way to resolve that one is to wear sunglasses!! "Looks great to me!"

I think you could be waiting for a long time, (if ever) before someone produces another SMT variant. I know i couldn`t build and finish one this good. Is it REALLY THAT BAD?
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This is going to look great next to my other Indian Air Force aircraft!
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Hoping HM do the IAF SMT too!
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I love IAF birds. Their roundal placement makes em look somehow alive.
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