Tupolev Tu-16K-10-26 Badger C
by Lukasz Kedzierski
Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Tu-16 Badger C is available online from
Trumpeter has released 3 boxings of their excellent
Tu-16 Badger in 1/72 scale. I acquired two of them – Tu-16K-10 Badger C
and Tu-16K-26 Badger G. Because the badger C contains AS-6 Kingfish and
AS-2 Kipper missiles it is possible to make Tu-16K-10-26 Badger C mod,
which was able to carry both types of missiles and featured a huge radar
in the aircraft’s forward section.
Trumpeter's Badger C in the Box
All the parts feature nicely engraved panel lines,
however, some of them tend to disappear, especially those on the wings.
The clear parts are of the highest quality and there
is also a small photo-etched fret included in the kit.
This contains a plethora of small details, most of
which are going to be invisible on the finished model.
The only letdown of the kit (IMHO) is the tiny decal
sheet with markings for just one aircraft, but I suppose there is not that
many options for this aircraft available anyway, but some stencilling
would be nice.
I decided to build the kit straight from the box
focusing on the natural metal paint scheme as the main focusl.
The kit did not go smoothly together and needed some
work, but nothing major. As I already mentioned some panel lines required
rescribing and the cockpit floor sits too low and needs to be moved a
little bit upwards (none of the details in the cockpit can be seen through
the canopy so it was a pointless exercise).
My example featured warped tail section of the
fuselage, which required some treatment with hot water to straighten it
In general the fit is good, but I struggled a bit
with the nose section, which did not fit perfectly with the main fuselage.
The wing-engine nacelle and nacelle-fuselage joints required a smear of
putty and the excess of putty was removed using a cotton bud soaked in a
nail polish remover. That was done in order to minimise sanding, which
would mark the surface of the kit and would necessitate more preparation
to get a decent NMF.
It should be noted that there is no intake ducting in
the kit. Instead, Trumpeter offers intake covers. However NeOmega released
a nice resin set of the intakes for this kit.
All the access panels can be depicted in open
position, which is a nice touch especially with all the PE parts that can
be used on the insides of the panel covers, however, no interior detail is
provided which is going to be visible if the panels are left open. I
decided to close them all up, but it turned out that most of the kit
covers are too small for the openings, so some scratchbuilding was needed.
The undercarriage is a bit oversimplified and even
the PE parts do not help much, but at the end it looks not too bad
(Equipage produces a set of wheels for the Badger, which I think are
definitely worth having). The instructions want you to leave the main
undercarriage covers to be left in the open position, this is incorrect
since they were closed when the aircraft was on the ground.
As I said at the beginning I decided to build
Tu-16K-10-26 Badger C mod, which could carry one AS-2 missile in the
modified bomb bay in the fuselage and two AS-6 missiles on the underwing
pylons. It was rather unlikely that the aircraft would be configured for a
mission with all of them since it would severely limit its range. Usually
only one AS-6 missile was carried. However, I do have a photo of Tu-16
carrying all 3 of them.
The AS-6 missiles are quite nicely done and the PE
set contains the back plates for the missile engines, which improve the
overall looks considerably. The AS-2 missile is nicely done as well,
however, there is a serious problem with its location on the model. On the
real aircraft the missile was carried semi-recessed in a modified bomb
bay. In the kit the bomb bay has not been modified and the missile is
supposed to be inserted in a slot cut in the bomb bay doors and hang under
the fuselage. First of all this is incorrect, secondly there is no way the
model is going to stand on its undercarriage since the main legs are going
to be too short.
There are two ways to circumvent the problem
cut out the opening in the fuselage and insert the
missile there or
cut the missile so it follows the contours of the
fuselage and appears to be semi-recessed when attached.
I decided the go with the former option and cut the
opening based on scale drawings and the kit’s missile itself. If done
correctly the fit is going to be quite tight and there will be no gaps
around the missile.
This was my first attempt at using Alclad II paints
(I only used Alclad aluminium on this kit) and I must say I am very
pleased with the final result and subsequently switched entirely to Alclad
for my natural metal finishes.
I think I went a bit overboard with the surface
preparation, but at least I could be sure it was going to be nice and
smooth. The entire kit was firstly sanded with wet and dry 1200 grade
paper and polished with the Tamiya polishing paste. Then I applied a
glossy black undercoat and polished it up with different grades of
Micromesh polishing clothes and applied another coat of gloss black.
This was followed by a coat of Alclad aluminium (the
entire bottle was used!), which settled smoothly on the kit, although a
few areas required some polishing with Micromesh and reapplication of
Different panels were done with Testor's Metalizers
and Humbrol polished Aluminium.
The radome and tip of the fin were painted Humbrol
Decals were applied directly on Alclad and did not
show any silvering and the entire kit was sealed with Testors Metalizer
I do not think it’s absolutely necessary to seal
Alclads, but I had some Testors paints on the kit and they have a tendency
to stick to the fingers.
Finishing touches included the addition of the wire
antenna and some weathering around engine exhausts.
This is a fantastic kit and I really enjoyed building
it. There is only one serious problem – where the hell am I going to put
another one of those, not to mention Tu-95, An-12…………
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