Myasischev M-55 'Geophysica'

  Modelsvit 1:72 scale kit



Modelsvit box art.



12-page instruction 'booklet'.



Construction diagrams - note the 22-part K-36 ejection seat.



Painting....



,,, and decalling guide.



Excellent decal sheet.



Crisply moulded parts....



.... with superb engraved detail.



The double-curvature laminar flow wings are beautifully excecuted.



Upper wing centre section.



Packed sprues.



Intake and engine parts...



Tailboom and fins.



Horizontal tailplane and dorsal eqipment package.



Undercarriage parts.



Open or closed cockpit canopy, dorsal 'canoe' and K-36 ejection seat.



Etched brass parts.



Closeup showing the stunning surface detail.



Cockpit tub - made up from a floor, two side consoles plus front and rear bulkheads.
A control column and even rudder pedals are included. Decals are provided for the instrument panels.



Cockpit and nosewheel bay sub assemblies fitted inside the starboard front fuselage.
Modelsvit recommend 18 grams of nose weight.



Cockpit, wheel bay and weight....



Nose all buttoned up.



I'll add the K-36 ejection seat at the end....



The twin jetpipes made up from two halves with an internal nozzle.



Full length intake trunking.



Compressor faces (top) - and rear turbines.



Intakes and jetpipes in place inside the centre fuselage 'bathtub'.



The 'bathtub' is made up from a section of the lower fuselage plus two side panels.



The lower fuselage with side panels and tailcone attached - lots of joints!



Top view of the centre-fuselage sub-assembly.



Weak joint between centre and forward fuselage.



Plastic card tabs added to try to provide more mating area.



Forward fuselage attached.



A closer view of the strengthening tabs....





Rear fuselage cooling duct - with etched brass vanes...



Cooling duct in place on the lower rear fuselage.



Underside of the rear fuselage shwing the duct.



This is what it looks like on the real thing (taken by me at MAKS 2013).



Top wing centre section added - a couple of gaps to fill around the intakes.



Underside view.



Joint lines at the rear end.



The long-span wings are made up from a full-length lower section and a shorter upper section.
Ken Duffey

Nov 2019