Avia Decals Tu-144

Decal set for 7 paint variants for Tu-144 model in 1/144 scale, paint masks included. Designed for either ICM kit #14401 or #14402.

Background

The Tupolev Tu-144 was the first commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST). It was one of only two SSTs to enter commercial service, the other being the Anglo-French Concorde. The design, publicly unveiled in January 1962, was constructed in the Soviet Union under the direction of the Tupolev design bureau, headed by Alexei Tupolev.

The prototype first flew on 31 December 1968 near Moscow, two months before the first flight of Concorde. The Tu-144 first went supersonic on 5 June 1969, and on 26 May 1970 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2. The frequent comparisons to Concorde led to the Tu-144 being known as “Konkordski” in the West.

A Tu-144 crashed in 1973 at the Paris Air Show, delaying its further development. The aircraft was introduced into passenger service on 1 November 1977, almost two years after Concorde. In May 1978, another Tu-144 (an improved version, named Tu-144D) crashed in a test flight while being delivered, and the passenger fleet was permanently grounded after only 55 scheduled flights. The aircraft remained in use as a cargo plane until 1983, by which point a total of 102 commercial flights had been completed. The Tu-144 was later used by the Soviet space programme to train pilots of the Buran spacecraft, and by NASA for supersonic research.

Decal Options

Tu-144 paint variants available in this decal set:

  1. Tu-144S. Aeroflot, USSR, Reg.: CCCP-77106, -77107 and -77108
  2. Tu-144S. Aeroflot, USSR, Reg.: CCCP-77110
  3. Tu-144S. Aeroflot, USSR, Reg.: CCCP-77144
  4. Tu-144D. Aeroflot, USSR, Reg.: CCCP-77112
  5. Tu-144D. Aeroflot, USSR, Reg.: CCCP-77115
  6. Tu-144S. Aeroflot, USSR, Reg.: CCCP-77102
  7. Tu-144LL. Flying Laboratory, Russia, Reg.: RA-77114

Decal Contents

In the package there are 2 decals sheets (approx 9″ x 6″ and 2″ x 6″), a small mask sheet (4.75″ x 4″) and a 10 page set of instructions. The page numbering on the instructions only goes to 8 because the first couple of pages don’t have numbers.

The instructions are very well laid out and informative. Counting the cover as page 1, page 2 is the instructions for the masks. The masks cover all the windows, cabin and passenger and all the wheels. There are masks for the tyres and for the hub, so whichever order you like to paint your wheels you have a mask that will work for you. Pages 3 to 9 covers the 7 decal options and shows the placement of the decals individual to each aircraft. Page 10 shows the placement of the common to all aircraft decals; stencils etc.

The decal sheet has minimal carrier film and is comprehensive. The decals were printed by Begemot and are very good quality with no problems. The paint mask and correction sheet are as good as anything else on the market.

Conclusion

This is another good quality decal sheet from Avia Decals and the inclusion of a masking sheet makes this sheet stand out from the crowd.

Highly recommended.

Many thanks to Avia Decals for the review sample.

Source: Wikipedia

Paul Tosney – Model Builder International – www.modelbuilderinternational.com

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