Zactomodels 1/32 MiG-29 Fulcrum C Conversion First Look
|Date of Review||June 2010||Manufacturer||Zactomodels|
|Subject||MiG-29 Fulcrum C Conversion||Scale||1/32|
|Pros||First-ever conversion for the humpback Fulcrum in 1/32 scale||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$44.00 + Postage|
Zactomodels is a small aftermarket company that does some of the most incredible engineering and casting to correct or convert selected beloved subjects. This time around, they've added another nice option for the Revell 1/32 MiG-29 Fulcrum A kit. This set is the first to provide the distinctive humpback of the Fulcrum C in 1/32 scale and it is almost a drop-in conversion for the Revell kit.
You can see in the images to the right the difference between the early Fulcrum A profile (below) and the humped Fulcrum C (above). To install this set, you do a little trimming around the rear of the cockpit to allow the front end of the hump to blend into the fuselage. You also modify the rear of the canopy frame to adapt it to the new profile using another resin part included in the set.
One aerodynamic change to the Fulcrum was to make ailerons extend all the way out to the wingtips, so Zactomodels includes replacement wingtips to add this new feature and change out the wingtip fairings as well.
The instructions walk you through this simple conversion that will only require a little time and patience to install. When you put this set together with Zactomodels' previous detail set for the Revell kit, including a new radome, IRST fairing, engine trunks, engine nozzles, missile pylons and wheels, you will have one of the most accurate models of the MiG-29 ever produced. Oh yes, they've also released a nice array of accurate air-to-air missiles to arm up your MiG-29 as well.
As usual, this is a nice bit of engineering from Zactomodels continue to enhance the Revell kit and will look really good with one of the colorful tactical camouflage schemes used by the Russian Air Force and some of its export customers.
You can learn more about this and other project from the Zactomodels website at http://www.zactomodels.com.
My sincere thanks to Zactomodels for this review sample!