Mig-29 (9-13) Exhaust

Published: July 24th, 2019     
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Reviewed by: 
Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models
Price: $21.99
Product / Stock #: AMG 72011

IPMS/USA continues to welcomes the return of the Advanced Modeling/Amigo team for sending us this new-technology set; their lineup continues to grow! And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

Advanced Modeling/AMIGO (Hereafter referred to as AM for simplicity) is a Russian company specializing in modern Soviet and Russian aircraft accessories; their first items released a few years ago were weapons, and they have recently branched out into other items, in this case an upgrade to Zvezda's Mig-29 9-13 kit exhaust, augmentor tubes, and afterburner nozzles.

Once again, AM's accessory shows the extent 3-D printing has improved the appearance of our available aftermarket... included are 8 resin parts: Exhaust augmentor tubes with excellent cooling liner details, along with the turbine/flameholder, and the dual-layer Exhaust augmentor petals, a hallmark of the Mig 29. These fit together like they should, and are astoundingly detailed.

The 3-D printed Flameholder frame/grid is just amazing; fine, multiple layered details abound, just waiting for the impatient builder to make a muck of it by being in a hurry or using a knife. This is a DISASTER RECIPE if you are not careful and use the right tools. Read on...

Each exhaust as molded by Zvezda has three parts, and detail is limited by scale and molding. Zvezda is improving every new release, and I'm impressed with what I see. How to remove the flameholder from its backing frames and legs is the hard part, but the secret weapons to successfully attack the beast follow: Use a variable-speed rotary tool, like the Dremel, spun up to medium speed, very little pressure, and a bullet-shaped Emery stone grinder.

Everything just needs to be removed from casting blocks, including the aforementioned flameholder grid. Carefully, patiently, and not under the influence of alcohol, apply the grinder stone to patiently (there's that word again for a reason) take off the back flashing of each and every part of the grid. Start from the center to the outermost area, and experience success. This way the strength of the part itself preempts bits from blasting off due to vibration. The fact all are still in place on my example shows the success of this technique. If it works for me, it can work for you.

The medium speed prevents killer vibration and harmonics from snapping off the tiny stuff. Really.

Sand down the flashing on the tail nozzle fairing in the traditional flat-table way, and insert the nozzles from BOTH sides like the instructions state. It will make difficult work if you need to putty and sand to get the fairing to "Fair in", but the final product is night and day from the kit item.

Assemble, painting along the way, and weathering as well as appropriate. When finished, I shot all the exterior parts with Testors rattle can "Titanium". Looks good to me.

This is an impressive, high quality upgrade, making the Zvezda Mig-29 that much better. Full marks to Advanced Modeling for providing what we old Cold-war dinosaurs desire. Your sets fill the gaps on Eastern weapons and accessories, something we have only dreamt of in the past. ...And thanks once more to Phil and John for approving my working the latest products!

  • Package
    Package
  • Parts Detail
    Parts Detail
  • External Augmentor
    External Augmentor
  • Flameholder
    Flameholder
  • Internal Exhaust
    Internal Exhaust
  • Turbine Detail
    Turbine Detail
  • Comparison vs. the kit (kit on right)
    Comparison vs. the kit (kit on right)
  • Completed- Underside View
    Completed- Underside View
  • Completed - Top View
    Completed - Top View

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