1/72 Trumpeter Tu-16 Badger

Gallery Article by Sean Langley on Mar 11 2021



This is Trumpeterís old Badger, built as a Tu-16K-10-26 Badger-C mod of the AV-MF. Itís a fairly rough kit with a lot of mistakes in it, but it can be thrashed into shape. 

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Trumpeter give you a lot of photo-etch but I left out most of it because itís the wrong size or canít be seen. They got the intakes and exhausts wrong, and left out the left wingtipís refuelling fittings, all of which came from NeOmega instead. And they needed a lot of work too, good though they are. I've not corrected any of the major shape errors, but I've included flap cut-outs (to clear the missiles' fins), gear-down indicators, and a faired-shut recess where the AS-2 would go on the centreline. 

Armament is one KSR-5 or AS-6 Kingfish, plus all those guns in turrets. The paintwork is basically Halfords Peugeot Aluminium with a few other shades for the variety.

Sean Langley

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