GWH4809 - 1/48 Russian MiG-29 AS "Fulcrum-A" Slovak Air Force "Digital Camouflage" (Special Edition)

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Limited Edition only 800 produced for this one-time only special release.

Great Wall Hobbies make some of the most stunningly engineered and executed kits in the hobby today. 

See the review summary of the GWH basic Mig 29 kit by Scott Van Aken of www.modelingmadness.com below. Obviously this special edition has the incredible tiger markings:

This is the third MiG-29 kit to be released by GWH. It is not, of course, the only one ever kitted, but may well be the best. There have been several others, most notably by Monogram and by Academy. Those who are into the Fulcrum can regale you with the seemingly long list of things wrong with those kits in terms of shape. I am no major enthusiast of the MiG-29, but I would hope that this one takes care of all those ills. I certainly was impressed when I opened the box.

GWH has gone to considerable lengths to ensure that no parts are damaged during shipment. This includes having a tray inside the box. Atop this tray was the one-piece upper fuselage and wings. Under it were the rest of the parts. This includes the missiles being individually protected in plastic bubbles on a card. I do appreciate this and the fact that most of the missiles have all the fins as part of the missile. I truly dislike attaching multiple fins to these things!

I will point out now that the canopy and windscreen have a seam running down the center of them. This is required to get the proper 'bubble' shape as single molds will not do undercuts. There is a photo etch fret for seat harness, gunsight, the intake screens and the tiny vanes for one set of missiles, to name a few items. The  interior has ruder pedals, a nicely done seat and separate side consoles. The consoles and instrument panel have raised detail and there are individual instrument decals for the main panel.

Many of you know that the MiG-29 has intake doors for ground operation. There are upper louvers to let in engine air. The kit offers the option to have these doors and louvers 'up or down' to duplicate engine operation with the intake guards in place or in a static condition. Having these up will allow you to see the engine compressors if the doors are not in place. GWH provides two complete engines and they install from the underside, just as on the real aircraft. A maintenance stand is also provided to show off one of the engines. As there are those of us who will not want to show off full engines, I was hoping there was an option to just install the rear compressor section, tail pipes and burner cans, but did not see one.

Other options are for an open or closed canopy and an open or closed rear speedbrake. The kit can also be built with the gear up if one wishes, but without a stand, most will probably model it on the ground. The kit comes with a full load-out of six missiles and pylons that includes two R-27 'Alamo', and four R-73E 'Archer' missiles. Instead of the larger inner missiles, a pair of drop tanks are available. A centerline tank is also part of the mix. Holes in the wings need to be opened to provide attachment points for the pylons.

Full build video below:

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