MOCpages : Share your LEGO® creations
LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Tupolev Tu-22M-3 Backfire CMilitary
Welcome to the world's greatest LEGO fan community!
Explore cool creations, share your own, and have lots of fun together.  ~  It's all free!
Tupolev Tu-22M-3 Backfire C
Here is my LDD model of the Tupolev Tu-22M-3 Backfire C long-range strategic bomber. It is built to minifig scale and is fully articulating. Check out my flickr page for larger pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/118702264@N05/sets/72157641530933783/
About this creation

The Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire is a long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber. It was developed from the Tu-22 Blinder and entered service with the Soviet Air Force (VVS) and the Soviet Naval Aviation (AVMF) in 1972 and is still in operation with the Russian Air Force.


The Backfire uses a variable-geometry, or swing-wing, configuration to achieve supersonic speeds and still retain low-speed lift. The wings on this model are fully articulating.


The Backfire had a combat range of 2,400 kms and was considered a strategic, non-intercontinental bomber. Some speculated that the Backfire’s real combat range was more than twice that.


Apart from the original Tu-22M, there are three main Tu-22M variants: Backfire A, B, and C.


The original Tu-22M Backfire was a radical reconfiguration of the Tu-22 Blinder. Two Kuznetsov NK-144-22 engines were fitted inside the fuselage with intakes along the side, similar in design to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The swing-wing was introduced as well as the side-by-side cockpit arrangement. The original Tu-22M didn’t live up to expectations and only ten were produced.


The Backfire A replaced the underpowered NK-144-22 turbofans (originally designed for the Tu-144 “Concorde-ski” SST) with newer NK-22 turbofans and a longer wingspan. This variant was still a disappointment and only nine examples were produced.


The Backfire B was an upgraded A variant, using the more powerful NK-23 engines. The aircraft shed some weight, and received new avionics and entered mass production. 211 examples were produced before another, more powerful variant entered service.


The Backfire A and B variants were disappointing in terms of performance, which led to the development of the C variant. The C variant entered service in 1983.


The Backfire C variant had a recontoured nose and used the MiG-25 style wedge intakes and upgraded two Kuznetsov NK-25 turbofan engines, each producing over 55,000 lbf at full afterburner.


The C variant could reach a maximum speed of 1,490 mph (Mach 1.98) and achieve an altitude of 43,500 ft.


The Backfire C also received updated avionics, radar, and jamming devices. New materials, like titanium, were used in the airframe to reduce weight even further.


The Backfire had an internal weapons bay as well as fuselage pylons and was capable of carrying over 53,000 lbs of ordnance. The aircraft could carry air-to-surface missiles of free-fall bombs.


The AVMF used the Backfire in an anti-shipping role, carrying the large Kh-22 “Kitchen,” a 40 ft long, 12,000 lb air-to-surface missile and its eventual replacement, the Kh-15 “Kickback,” a smaller air-to-surface missile. Both missile types entered service with nuclear capabilities but were later reconfigured to carry conventional explosives.


Three Kh-22 “Kitchen” missiles could be carried in the semi-recessed bomb bay or on fuselage-mounted pylons or six Kh-25 “Kickback” missiles could be carried on a MKU-6-1 internal rotary launcher and four mounted on the external fuselage pylons.


This model has fully retracting landing gear and an internal bomb bay. Depending upon its mission, the bomb bay doors would be removed and a recessed niche for the Kh-22 would be installed.


On final approach! The flaps and inboard and outboard ailerons all move on this model.


The Backfire’s only defensive weapon is a rear-firing 23mm GSh-23 cannon that is controlled remotely.


I chose the blue/grey paint scheme favoured by the AVMF. Lego didn't make the exact colour so I improvised with their greenish-grey colour.


A crew of four (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, weapon systems operator) flew the Backfire. Each clam-shell canopy moves as well.


The crew sat side-by-side in a tandem arrangement: pilots in the front, navigator and weapons operator in the rear.


"Can someone get us a crew ladder?"


I love the pale blue of Russian cockpits!


The Backfire’s intercontinental strategic role was of concern to the USA. The Soviets maintained that the Tu-22M was not an intercontinental strategic bomber because of its limited range but the Americans feared that an in-flight refuelling probe might change that.


As part of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II) negotiations between the USA and the Soviet Union in the mid-70s, all Backfires had to have their in-flight refueling probes removed. This was to prevent them from being classified as intercontinental strategic bombers.


Compared to its counterpart, the F-111 and possibly the B-1B, the Tu-22M has relatively low fatigue hours, which is a measure of the cumulative stress placed on the materials and structure of the aircraft. As a consequence, the airframe should endure for many more years than expected.


Russia has tried to export the Tu-22M but there has been no real interest.


Over 150 Tu-22Ms remain in active service with the VVS and AVMF.


I've always wanted to build a Tu-22M Backfire. Its a great symbol of the Soviet Union's Cold War aviation design ethos: brutal, effective, and tough. Thanks to Wikipedia and ausairpower.net for the information and specifications.




Comments

 I made it 
  October 5, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler I somehow forgot to comment this nice model. The guys looking out the opened canopy are funny.
Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you noticed the pilots: the minifigs staring you down from the cockpit seemed the right thing to do for that shot!
 I like it 
  October 5, 2014
I somehow forgot to comment this nice model. The guys looking out the opened canopy are funny.
 I made it 
  August 6, 2014
Quoting Roy Bailey Ok, but I will be waiting... lol that was funny what I just wrote. ("I will be waiting...") Also, while I'm waiting, I'm going to try to remake my B-17 so I at least have something to bombard invaders with...
Thanks for the response. I look forward to seeing your B-17. The Flying Fortress is on my to-do list as well!
  August 5, 2014
Ok, but I will be waiting... lol that was funny what I just wrote. ("I will be waiting...") Also, while I'm waiting, I'm going to try to remake my B-17 so I at least have something to bombard invaders with...
 I made it 
  August 5, 2014
Quoting Roy Bailey I have interest for import! I could easily make it to where a mig-21 could refuel this BEAST, and it is very good! Any interest to export this model (add instructions)?
Thanks for your comments Roy. I haven't decided whether I will make the instructions available yet. Stay tuned!
 I like it 
  July 31, 2014
(Quoting Kurt and Kennith) I envy both of you! I can't even build this in micro-scale! XD (Also, I really need one this scale, as I need a bomber but can't get a tu-160).
 I like it 
  July 31, 2014
I have interest for import! I could easily make it to where a mig-21 could refuel this BEAST, and it is very good! Any interest to export this model (add instructions)?
 I like it 
  April 19, 2014
Hello Kurt, I am just wondering how you made the engine cone, I tried doing it since im also making a TU-22M, and I cant get the round shape of the jet cone, thanks for the tip in advance.
 I made it 
  April 17, 2014
Quoting Kenneth Vaessen An excellent LDD model of the Tu-22! I made one myself recently. That's how I encountered this outstanding piece! Definitely a 5 stars rating.
Thanks for your comments Kenneth. I am completely envious you were able to build a Tu-22M3 in real bricks! Thanks for adding to the Tupelov community!
 I like it 
  April 17, 2014
An excellent LDD model of the Tu-22! I made one myself recently. That's how I encountered this outstanding piece! Definitely a 5 stars rating.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2014
Quoting Lego NavySeal Great job on this. I am quite intrigued. I have to ask, will you be releasing the LDD file? It looks like an excellent model
Thanks for your comments! I appreciate your interest in my work. I'm sorry to say that I don't give out my LDD models. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have though.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2014
Great job on this. I am quite intrigued. I have to ask, will you be releasing the LDD file? It looks like an excellent model
 I made it 
  February 23, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 superb plane! you shaped this like a master! very informative post as well!
Thanks for your comments! I appreciate your interest in my work.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2014
superb plane! you shaped this like a master! very informative post as well!
 I made it 
  February 17, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti I am just going ape over the cockpit detail I too love the pale blue color and I love the canopies! You really nailed the airframe dimensions perfectly. I also love all the history you give with each photo . I like the light green color you chose I think it looks awesome. You know some day with these 3d printers you could click print and 30 minuets later instant awesomeness ! Excellent !
Thanks for your positive comments, especially "going ape": best comment ever. This model took a while to get right but I knew from the beginning I needed to do the fuselage as a SNOT build, especially with the curved bricks. I'm glad you like the info as well. Part of the fun of these builds is doing the research.
 I made it 
  February 16, 2014
Quoting alexandre belin Model very realistic, typical of the design of this time, watch to contact me: belin_alexandre@yahoo.fr
Thanks for your comments Alexandre!
 I like it 
  February 14, 2014
Model very realistic, typical of the design of this time, watch to contact me: belin_alexandre@yahoo.fr
 I made it 
  February 8, 2014
Quoting Dave Benson Really cool model! So typical of the Soviet Union in the years of the Cold war. Just brutal and very impressive. Well done.
Thanks Dave! I appreciate the comments. I agree with you about Soviet design philosophy. I think that is why their aircraft are so intriguing.
 I like it 
  February 8, 2014
Really cool model! So typical of the Soviet Union in the years of the Cold war. Just brutal and very impressive. Well done.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Woah, superb work. This is a seriously impressive creation!
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your interest in this work.
 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
Woah, superb work. This is a seriously impressive creation!
 I made it 
  February 3, 2014
Quoting World Of Recreation Good Job!! Im actually suprised that you are capable of doing this magnificent creations in minifig scale, and only a few people stick to this kind of builds and only people that do stick to this have been doing this for a long time and also have this as their LEGO Talent.
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate it. I have always been interested in building for minifigs ever since they introduced them in the 70s. Call it fulfilling a childhood dream!
  February 3, 2014
Good Job!! Im actually suprised that you are capable of doing this magnificent creations in minifig scale, and only a few people stick to this kind of builds and only people that do stick to this have been doing this for a long time and also have this as their LEGO Talent.
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Caden Hannington it`s cool but you did not build it it`s animated.
Thanks for the comments Caden but I'm not sure what you mean by "its animated."
  February 2, 2014
it`s cool but you did not build it it`s animated.
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace This is an impressive and highly accurate MOC. For me, what stands out is the way you have sculpted some of the subtle shapes of the shapes of the aircraft, like the engine inlets and the tapering of fuselage near the engine nozzles. Great effort!
Thanks for your comments and observations Matt! I really appreciate your support and I'm glad you like the model.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
This is an impressive and highly accurate MOC. For me, what stands out is the way you have sculpted some of the subtle shapes of the shapes of the aircraft, like the engine inlets and the tapering of fuselage near the engine nozzles. Great effort!
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 This is an absolutly awesome model! The details and accuracy is impressive. This creation should be build with real bricks! Great work! The Gears should be presented with an gif-animation.
Thanks for the positive comments. I would love to build this in real bricks; I would hate to see the bill for all those bricks! Perhaps I'll look into the gif animations. Sounds interesting...
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
This is an absolutly awesome model! The details and accuracy is impressive. This creation should be build with real bricks! Great work! The Gears should be presented with an gif-animation.
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Nice work! You really captured the looks :-D I'm not sure you can really compare this to the Lancer, though. The B-1 has a much greater payload than this, as well as a longer range (disregarding air-to-air refueling). I'd compare it more to the F-111, or possible even a larger version of the A-5 Vigilante....
Thanks for your comments. I agree that the B-1B is not in the same category as the Tu-22M but it has logged far fewer hours in the air since the fall of the Soviet Union so it will probably be more air-worthy longer than the B-1B. I guess time will tell!
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON] @kurt about the X-15, i can see the gears turning... go for it!
We'll see...
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
Nice work! You really captured the looks :-D I'm not sure you can really compare this to the Lancer, though. The B-1 has a much greater payload than this, as well as a longer range (disregarding air-to-air refueling). I'd compare it more to the F-111, or possible even a larger version of the A-5 Vigilante....
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
@kurt about the X-15, i can see the gears turning... go for it!
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Beautiful plane. The shaping is fantastic, the landing gear and cockpit are great and your presentation is terrific. So cool.
Thanks for your comments Dr. M. As I've already stated, this one took me a while to get the shape just right. It was worth it in the end. I'm glad you like it.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
Beautiful plane. The shaping is fantastic, the landing gear and cockpit are great and your presentation is terrific. So cool.
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON] thats amazing as ever, but tell me kurt, have you ever considered making that fasted plane that ever flew? the Hypersonic X-15...
Thanks for the ideas. I've never contemplated the X-15. Of course, I would have to make the B-52 to carry it...
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting arwenromel hanna WOW VERY EXCELLENT WORK MATE I LIKE ALL THE DETAILS
Thanks for your comments.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
thats amazing as ever, but tell me kurt, have you ever considered making that fasted plane that ever flew? the Hypersonic X-15...
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
WOW VERY EXCELLENT WORK MATE I LIKE ALL THE DETAILS
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Michael K. I love it!!! Beautiful curves. I especially like the opening landing gear and cockpit.
Thanks Michael! I appreciate the comments. It makes all the struggles worth while.
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Builder Allan Oh you're welcome :-) I built an F-14 when i was a kid, so i remember the problem. Greatly magnified with the size of the wings here i imagine!
Exactly. The F-14 has been on my radar for a while too but the Mad Physicist has a lock on that model. I can't see doing any better than his build.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
I love it!!! Beautiful curves. I especially like the opening landing gear and cockpit.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
Oh you're welcome :-) I built an F-14 when i was a kid, so i remember the problem. Greatly magnified with the size of the wings here i imagine!
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
I am just going ape over the cockpit detail I too love the pale blue color and I love the canopies! You really nailed the airframe dimensions perfectly. I also love all the history you give with each photo . I like the light green color you chose I think it looks awesome. You know some day with these 3d printers you could click print and 30 minuets later instant awesomeness ! Excellent !
 I made it 
  February 2, 2014
Quoting Builder Allan Awesome! A very cool and smooth looking bird, and you nailed the shape spot on with this build. Great functional details too, the moving wings seem to work very well. Impressive work :-)
Thanks for your comments Allan. Getting the swing wings and the landing gear to function and not let the wing root get too bulky was a bit tricky.
 I like it 
  February 2, 2014
Awesome! A very cool and smooth looking bird, and you nailed the shape spot on with this build. Great functional details too, the moving wings seem to work very well. Impressive work :-)
 
By Kurt's MOCs
Add to my favorite builders

37
people like this. See who.

1,894 visitors
46 comments
Added February 2, 2014
More from Kurt's
More across MOCpages
Morgue  You are at the end of this group.
 


LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Tupolev Tu-22M-3 Backfire CMilitary


You Your home page | LEGO creations | Favorite builders
Activity Activity | Comments | Creations
Explore Explore | Recent | Groups
MOCpages is an unofficial, fan-created website. LEGO® and the brick configuration are property of The LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, own, or endorse this site.
©2002-2014 Sean Kenney Design Inc | Privacy policy | Terms of use