WIP : Italeri 1/72 MiG-37 Ferret E – Construction

Next up is what I initially hoped was a quick build. The MiG-37 is a fictional Soviet stealth aircraft designed by the Testors Model Company as the Eastern Bloc counterpart to their F-19 Ghostrider kit. My copy is a Italeri re-boxed kit.

Work begins with the cockpit which is very sparse and simplified although surprisingly, all the consoles have molded detail instead of decals. There’s even molded on harness details on the ejection seat.

I replaced the molded harness with 1mm tape instead.

The cockpit area itself is very bare.

So I spruced it up with bits of plastic plate. The kit comes with a clear part for the HUD but there’s no HUD mount so I made one up with plastic plate also.

Looks OK after a coat of paint, which is in the usual weird green color Soviet aircraft cockpits tend to be in.

After giving everything a thin wash of black, I added the HUD. Instead of the kit HUD though I made a thinner one from a battery blister pack.

The other parts came together quite quickly after that.

And then I sprayed white color to check for seamlines.

Yikes! The gaps that are revealed are quite bad, especially the wingroots at the bottom which look more like canals.

Elbow grease and time will be needed to get this to look decent which means this won’t be a quick build after all. Ah well… I should have known better.

Build Log
Part 1 – Construction | Part 2 – Painting & Finishing

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