Omega Models 32-003 1/32 MB bis Fighter
By Mike Norris
Here is my build of a Mosca-Bystritsky MB bis fighter, flown by the Imperial Russian Air Force from 1916. The full build is in my Work in Progress build thread.
The basic 1:32nd scale kit is resin and made by ‘Omega Models’ (Kit No: 32-003).
The list of changes/additions to the model are:
Detailed with Nickel-Silver valve push rods, copper wire ignition leads and replacement induction manifolds.
Modified or corrected:
- All wing support, landing gear, tail skid and gun mount struts were replaced with handmade Brass tube struts with internal reinforcing Brass rod.
- Rigging is 0.08 mm or 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament with ‘GasPatch’ 1:48th scale turnbuckles and 0.5 mm or 0.4 mm diameter blackened Brass tube.
- Upper and lower rudders were replaced with scratch made rudders from plastic card.
- ‘GasPatch’ spoke wheels and tyres used to replace the resin kit parts.
- ‘GasPatch’ Lewis Mk.1 Standard type (stripped front) used to replace kit part.
- ‘BarracudaCast’ British wicker AGS seat used to replace the kit part.
- ‘Kellerkind Miniaturen’ Russian pilot 1914-17.
- ‘Jadar’ WW1 1:48th scale control horns.
- ‘Aviattic’ Clear Doped Linen (CDL) bleached (ATT32044).
- ‘Aviattic’ Walnut woodgrain (dark and light) (ATT32060).
- ‘Airscale’ WW1 Generic instrument dials (AS32 WW1).
The kit decals were replaced with corrected markings, printed from an Inkjet printer and on white decal paper.
As usual I've created a downloadable build log in Adobe PDF format, for those who might want to refer to it for reference or build details. It contains full step by step descriptions of the model build, its modifications/changes and is also supported with illustrations and photographs. If viewed in Adobe Reader, each build log has book marked chapters/headings for easier navigation through the log.
My model website has the gallery page, so to view any model, go to the gallery and select it. If it has a PDF build log, it will be available to download using the 'PDF' icon on that model photo page. For any photograph, just click the photo to enlarge or reduce the viewing size.
© Mike Norris 2021
This article was published on Wednesday, August 18 2021; Last modified on Saturday, August 21 2021