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Tupelov Tu-95RTs Bear-D
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Here is a revised version of my Tupelov Tu-95 Bear. My original Tu-95 was one of my first large-scale LDD models built to minifig scale and a sentimental favourite. As I’ve moved on to other projects and picked up new building techniques, I’ve always wanted to return and correct a few of the Tu-95’s problems. For this variant, I’ve cleaned up shape of the fuselage, the engine nacelles, and modeled as best I could the electronic suite of the Tu-95RTs Bear-D. I also “smoothed” the wing surface, employing a flat and stud design from my MiG-31. My biggest problem was introducing functional flaps and ailerons: the design of the wing (angle and taper) does not allow for an easy solution, especially with the awkward connection of the engine nacelles. I’ve tried a few variations but could not get the shape right. I opted, instead, for the profile over articulating elements. If anyone out there has any ideas on how to rectify this issue, please let me know—I would love to learn a new building technique for this wing shape. In the meantime, have a look at this new variant. As always, please leave a comment if you like. Enjoy!
About this creation

This version is the Tu-95 RTs Bear-D. The Tu-95 RTs (Razvedchik-Tseleukazatel’ or Reconnaissance-Targeting) was a maritime ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) and targeting variant that entered service in 1964. These aircraft provided over-the-horizon targeting for Soviet warships and cruise missile armed submarines. Here, you can see the addition of a revised electronics suite plus the addition of Plexiglas blisters under the tail, the addition of a rear bottom-mounted turret, and a revised profile for the anti-shock bodies.


The two major changes to my original Tu-95 included making a specific variant (Tu-95RTs Bear-D) and cleaning up the studded surfaces. I chose to round off the top of the fuselage and use the flat and stud plates on the wing was derived from my MiG-31. The angle of the wings makes attaching the engine nacelles and the boundary layer fences tricky. It’s a compromise I have to accept in order to get the correct planform of the Tu-95. If anyone has a solution to the wing design, please let me know!


The Bear-D was derived from the Bear-A airframe. It carried no offensive weapons but retained the ventral barbette, tail guns and Box Tail tail warning radar. It was equipped with passive and active targeting sensors intended to provide over-the-horizon targeting for submarine launched anti-shipping missiles. The passive detection suite included the SRS-6/7 “Romb 4’ series ELINT receivers, Kvadrat ELINT analysis receiver in the aft bomb bay, and the Vishnia SIGINT receiver system, all used to locate and identify the radar and communications emissions of Western warships.
The active sensor package is centred on the large ‘Big Bulge’ maritime search and targeting radar system, located in a large radome under a rebuilt bomb bay. The I/J band Uspekh-1A is credited with a range of about 400km against maritime surface targets but later replaced with the improved Uspekh-U. The Bear-A’s Short Horn attack radar was replaced with a steerable datalink antenna for missile guidance, under a ventral nose enlarged radome.


The Bear-D would initially acquire its targets using its ESM receivers or the Big Bulge radar. Once acquired, the radar would initiate tracking to support the project 651 (Juliet SSG) and Project 675 (Echo 2 SSGN) submarines, armed respectively with four or eight P-6 or SS-N-3 Shaddock anti-shipping cruise missiles.


A typical engagement would see the submarines maneuver into position, and then surface to elevate their Shaddock launchers. Once the Shaddocks were launched, they would receive midcourse command updates from the Bear-D via datalink once they passed beyond the datalink horizon of the launching submarine. Here, you can see the revised wing, engine nacelles, anti-shock bodies, and boundary layer fences.


Close-up! I also revised the profile of the contra-rotating propellers of my original design to make them rounded and more compact.


Given the wing design issues, retractable landing gear had to be forsaken. The nose gear articulation would not have been a problem but finding/creating space for the main gear on the wings proved problematic. In the end, I chose to stick with a more accurate profile rather than build bulky and ungainly anti-shock bodies to house the main gear. While not authentic, its a compromise I can live with.


So here is my latest variant of one of my favourite LDD builds. I am certain there will be more in the future. I am looking at a Kangaroo-carrying Tu-95K Bear-B and a Tu-95MS Bear-H, if I can get that chin radome modeled correctly! Thanks to Wikipedia and Air Power Australia for their specifications and information.



Comments

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  August 5, 2014
Quoting Red October I am speechless as to how incredibly one of my favorite bombers has been rendered in lego!
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you appreciate the Bear as much as I do!
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  August 2, 2014
I am speechless as to how incredibly one of my favorite bombers has been rendered in lego!
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  June 29, 2014
Quoting Lego 4 Life Amazing!
Thanks!
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  June 29, 2014
Amazing!
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  June 9, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) That's big!! I love the size and realism of it! 5/5 8-)
Thanks for the comments!
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  June 9, 2014
That's big!! I love the size and realism of it! 5/5 8-)
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  June 8, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Phenomenal MOC. You've really captured this aircraft nicely.
Thanks Dr.! Overall, I am happy with how it turned out.
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  June 8, 2014
Quoting Luke V Great job on the details!
Thanks for the support Luke. I needed to straighten out the variant details.The original Tu-95 was too generic.
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  June 8, 2014
Quoting Florida Shoooter Fantastic work!
Thanks for the comments!
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  June 8, 2014
Phenomenal MOC. You've really captured this aircraft nicely.
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  June 8, 2014
Great job on the details!
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  June 8, 2014
Fantastic work!
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  June 8, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Really nice job! The shaping on this model is very good all around. I know of the problems you had with the swept wing -- I had some of the same difficulties when I built the An-225, and I still don't like the solution I used (but that was at a much smaller scale).
Thanks for you comments Matt. I can imagine the difficulty of the wing design on your micro An-225: you don't have a lot of options at that scale. You did a great job though!
 I like it 
  June 8, 2014
Really nice job! The shaping on this model is very good all around. I know of the problems you had with the swept wing -- I had some of the same difficulties when I built the An-225, and I still don't like the solution I used (but that was at a much smaller scale).
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  June 8, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Lot of refinements, great work!
Thanks for the comment!
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  June 8, 2014
Quoting Marty Fields Great Bear. It is nice to see you starting your series with a more unusual variant. The compromises are perfectly acceptable; we are dealing with a limited range of pre-shaped toy bricks after all! What you have achieved is quite impressive.
Thanks for the comments Marty. I appreciate the support.
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  June 8, 2014
Lot of refinements, great work!
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  June 8, 2014
Great Bear. It is nice to see you starting your series with a more unusual variant. The compromises are perfectly acceptable; we are dealing with a limited range of pre-shaped toy bricks after all! What you have achieved is quite impressive.
 I made it 
  June 7, 2014
Quoting Spencer D Very impressive, Comrade.
Thank you for your comments comrade.
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  June 7, 2014
Very impressive, Comrade.
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  June 7, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Excellent work on a Cold War classic !
Thanks Clayton! I appreciate your comments.
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  June 7, 2014
Quoting Justin Davies Look at my models of the A-6 Intruder/EA-6B Prowler, A-7 Corsair II/F-8 Crusader, and my Harriers to see ideas how to handle moving flight control surfaces on angled wings. It should give you ideas for your application. :D
Thanks for the advice Justin. I've noticed how you've designed your wings and they're well done. The problem with the Tu-95 is that there are two angles in the wing and neither works when you use the angled plates available in LDD perpendicular to the fuselage. I've had some success with my Flanker and Foxhound with your techniques but the wings of the Bear are an enigma! To be continued!
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  June 7, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding I'm impressed with your ability to get the nacelles on the wing... I've never figured out how to make those hinged wings. 5/5
Thanks for you comments Bill. There are hinges inside the fuselage that give the wings their proper angle. Then it takes trial and error to come up with a blending solution from plates to angled bricks.
 I like it 
  June 7, 2014
Excellent work on a Cold War classic !
 I like it 
  June 7, 2014
Look at my models of the A-6 Intruder/EA-6B Prowler, A-7 Corsair II/F-8 Crusader, and my Harriers to see ideas how to handle moving flight control surfaces on angled wings. It should give you ideas for your application. :D
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  June 7, 2014
I'm impressed with your ability to get the nacelles on the wing... I've never figured out how to make those hinged wings. 5/5
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  June 7, 2014
Quoting Joshua O'Rourke I sympathize with your dilemma; unfortunately, I don't have a solution for the wings either. Despite that, the plane looks great! 5/5
Thanks for the support Joshua. I suppose the problem could be licked if I built this at a larger scale, but I am partial to minifig-scaled aircraft. The hunt continues!
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  June 7, 2014
Quoting killswitch95 [DEMON] i drool so much over dis
Thanks for the comments! I'll get you a napkin if you like!
 I like it 
  June 7, 2014
I sympathize with your dilemma; unfortunately, I don't have a solution for the wings either. Despite that, the plane looks great! 5/5
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  June 7, 2014
i drool so much over dis
 
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