Wednesday 28 August 2013

Zvezda Model Visit

(all photos copyright Ken Duffey)

Zvezda design office.

CAD workstation for Su-27SM

1/72 and 1/144 Mi-24 helicopters.

Tank crew figure - using the Zvezda designers face!

Artwork for the forthcoming 1/72 scale Topol missile system.

The injection moulding room - undergoing refurbishment.

New injection moulding machines being installed - note the direct feed pipes for the plastic granules.

Massive warehouse containing the huge metal casting blocks.

More metal casting blocks.

Parts of the casting block for the Topol kit.

More Topol parts.

Casting blocks for the new Su-27SM kit.

Metal casting block for the 1/48 scale Sukhoi Su-2 kit - ready to go to the injection moulding machines.

More Su-2 casting blocks.

Detail drawings for the Su-27SM sprues.

Packaging section.

New kits from Disney's 'Planes' film....

Sprues for the 'Planes' kits ready for packaging.

Box art for the 'Planes' kit.

Boxed kits ready for dispatch.

Su-27SM designer Alexander at his CAD workstation.

Zvezda's trophy room - lots of awards from numerous sources.

More commendations adorn the walls.

Zvezda very kindly supplied us with going-away presents - the kits from the 'Planes' movie.

Yours truly trying not to get too excited in the presence of the Su-27SM casting parts....

... and with designer Alexander. - Photos courtesy of Gabor Szerekes

Me and the guys from Rostov - Andrei, Nikolai and Igor - at the 'Aviator' restaurant.

© Ken Duffey September 2013