Kit Ref: 04673
Price around: £16.99 GBP
Review by Geoff Coughlin (Dec 2014)
Our thanks to Revell for supplying our review sample. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model stores. For details visit www.revell.de/en
A little bit of background
The Tupolev Tu-95 (Russian: Туполев Ту-95; NATO reporting name: “Bear”) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least 2040. A development of the bomber for maritime patrol is designated Tu-142, while a passenger airliner derivative was called Tu-114.
The aircraft has four Kuznetsov NK-12 engines, each driving contra-rotating propellers. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today. The tips of the propeller-blades move faster than the speed of sound, making it one of the noisiest military aircraft. Its distinctive swept-back wings are at a 35° angle.
The Revell Kit
Here’s a brief summary of what’s included:
- Detailed surfaces with engraved panel lines
- Detailed engine nacelles
- Rotating propellers
- Detailed undercarriage
- 2 large radomes under the fuselage
- 3 machine gun positions
- In-flight refuelling probe
- Decal sets for two USSR Air Force versions.
Model length 35.4cm, model wingspan 35.3cm
The model is produced in silver plastic that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The surface detail looks heavy, especially for the small 1.144 scale. Check out the photo of a real Tu-95 above and you’ll see that although there are metal panels in different shades, hardly any panel lines are visible. Personally, I think that the panel lines may prove too deep for many.
- Propellers – they are all moulded as one-piece assemblies and lack refinement – profile is slightly suspect as well, although I didn’t have very good references
- Undercarriage legs and wheels – better, with the former well-tooled and detailed
The clear parts look clear although they are quite thick and will need to be carefully removed from their sprues
Instructions and decals
The decals look to be good quality – certainly good subject choice:
SMN Quick summary Star rating out of 5
|FEATURE||STAR RATING (out of five)|
|Quality of moulding||**|
|Level of detail||***|