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Witty Russian

Type Fighter
Item no. WTW-72-014-014
Distribution 664 of 1000

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker, Russian Air Force Skm
Sqn. 305

Sky Guardians. Another Witty biggie, but this time with an up or down gear option. The colors are nicely contrasty and well applied. Fortunately, Witty can get their diecast through the manufacturing process without scratching the paint, which is something certain big boys in the business can't. Except for the canopy, which has a case of the pop-ups, everything fits well without filing, though some of the "open" wheel-well covers have to be affixed with sticky clay. (I tried holding the canopy down with clay daubs, but with limited success.) The riveting is pleasantly invisible to the eye, and is of the innie variety, rather than the maddening outie. (For the aspiring aeronautical engineer masters candidate, consider this thesis: "The Effects of Outie Rivet Turbulance at Speeds Greater than Mach 2".)

The Pitot was the first to go. Now the bad: there is almost no where to hold this model without coming into contact with, and breaking, some blasted little piece that is hanging, sticking out, or hidden between. The silver Pitot behind the canopy on the starboard side was the first to go, and it took half an hour to get it back in place, using super glue, tweezers, fingers, and some salty language. To work with super glue for that long without getting it somewhere unintended is nothing short of a miracle. I was blessed.

The next to go was the nose probe. I didn't know until after I turned the model from port side, pointing away, to port side, pointing to, that the blasted probe was no longer probing (see the photos). Of course, the pictures were the clue, so the probe was somewhere within the 800 cubic feet of the room (don't laugh: stranger things have happened than a floating diecast piece). I removed the two chairs, the tripod, and a couple model boxes, then got down on elbows and knees, flashlight in hand, to scan every square inch of the floor, preliminary to going through cuffs, tops of shoes, bedding, and the cracks between the floor boards. I finally found the piece and glued it on...then knocked it off again...pushed it back on again...bumped it crooked... straightened it... and finally finishing the picture taking. Not sure what I'll do with the probe now; I might have it bronzed.


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