Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-23BN Flogger H Build Review
By Fotios Rouch
|Date of Review||May 2020||Manufacturer||Trumpeter|
|Subject||MiG-23BN Flogger H||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||5801||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Builds into a nice kit using aftermarket items||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$69.95|
After a few days of modeler’s block, I decided to build another Flogger. This time I wanted to do a strike variant, the Mig-23BN.
I opened up my Trumpeter kit which had a bunch of upgrades I had purchased plus a bunch of other sets that I had in other boxes. The most important sets are the Cold War Studio nose fix and the exhaust set that can be purchased from different resin outfits. They make the biggest difference. The nose is a must because what Trumpeter offers is a caricature at best. Here is an image from the Cold War Studio Facebook page. Their nose profile and wind screen slope are really good. Maybe the detail is a bit heavy but that is fine. For reference, I bought the encyclopedic size Famous Russian Aircraft tome from Amazon. Thre are some good references here on Cybermodeler as well.
Construction started with cutting off the forward fuselage and testing out the resin replacement.
Then I moved on the cockpit. I chose to save a resin cockpit I had for another Flogger build and use as much of the kit parts as possible. It does not look awful although the cockpit tub side panel walls are horizontal and not inclined and merging with the cockpit side panels. The instrument panel is just okay. I used the instrument decals and they went down okay with lots of softener. The ejection seat received the Eduard LOOK harnesses. I did not use the amazing looking instrument panel because of its blue color which I did not have anything similar to for painting the rest of the cockpit with. This bright blue/green color did not like what I have seen in any of the photos I have seen.
The Metallic Details exhaust is a kit in itself with options for a powered exhaust or droopy unpowered exhaust nozzle.
The cockpit fits well between the resin halves. The resin halves were slightly deformed and benefited from a hot water treatment. The Cold War Studio set come with a small CD full of walkaround photos and PDF instructions. Very helpful.
I am getting to the point of closing up the fuselage. The rest of the kit will go fast after that.