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||Il-2 Type 3, I-2 Type 3M,I-2KR,
By: Michal Ovcacik & Karel Susa
4+ Publishing Company
Catalog No. 022
A4, 41 pages of text, approximately 170 B&W and 34 colour photos, 13
colour profiles and fold-out sheet of 1/72 scale planes.
£14.95 from Hannants and specialist retailers worldwide
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Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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need to dispense with two possible misconceptions about the monograph
under review and the various designations of the Il-2 “Shturmovik”
one must pay attention to the subtitle in smaller print. This monograph
is not about all the variants of the Shturmovik. Rather, it is limited
to the incarnations of the two-seat, swept-back metal wing Il-2
Shturmovik, as listed by the authors: Il-2 Type 3, Il-2 Type 3M, Il-2KR
according to a number of writers on VVS aircraft, there was no other
designation for any variation, type or sub-type of the Shturmovik other
than Il-2, (except for the torpedo version which was the Il-2T). The
various designations described in the monograph are merely creations of
Western and, in some instances, East European writers. If there was a
specific designation of a particular type of model, it was based on the
type of motor. So, since all the Il-2 types and sub-types, which are
the subject of this monograph, had the Mikulin AM-38F engine, they would
all simply be designated as Il-2 AM-38F Shturmoviks.
author’s begin their monograph with an all too brief account of the
development of the IL-2 and each of the type / subtypes covered. They
also give a sentence or three to the Il-2 as employed by the Yugoslavs,
Bulgarians, Poles and Czechs.
monograph continues with a technical description of the various aspects
of the IL-2 AM-38F. The specific paragraphs cover the fuselage, tail
unit, wings, undercarriage, power plant, electrical system and flight
controls. All this is covered in three double columned pages.
monograph’s text, after a number of pages of pictures and profiles,
picks up again with a description of the Il-2’s colours and markings.
There are brief descriptions of the schemes applied by the VVS and the
other countries that operated the aircraft, including Mongolia. The
section concludes with a “call out’ of the colours of the cockpit and
controls. [Note: Erik Pilawskii published an excellent article on the
Three-Colour NKAP Camouflage for the IL-2 in Scale Aircraft Modeling a
few years ago. Sorry I don’t know the specific issue]
the text concludes with a description of the armament and equipment
carried by the IL-2 AM-38F. This includes a chart of the external
stores and drawings of various rockets, bombs and machine guns.
no discussion of the combat history or use of the Shturmovik.
of this monograph is made up of pictures. The bulk of the pictures is
made up of photographs, both colour and black and white, of the recently
restored Il-2. This aircraft was restored in 2005- 2006 and is presently
on display at the Aviation Museum of the Czech Republic at Prague-Kbely.
Basically, all the colour pictures are of the restored Il-2.
the color and black and white picture of the restored aircraft, the
monograph provides a walk-around of the Il-2.
a set of 1/72 scale drawings of the Il-2 on a two-sided fold-out. Not
only are topside and bottom views drawn, but also drawings of specific
details. Although nicely rendered, I cannot comment on their accuracy.
there are the profiles, a few of which may interest modelers in doing
post-war Yugoslav or Czech schemes. There is even an Il-2 in RAF
markings, done by the Czechs for a movie.
It is a shame that we do not have a definitive
work on the Il-2 Shturmovik like that which was done on the Henschel Hs
Be that as it may, this is a good addition to the
little bit we do have, in English, on this most interesting aircraft.
It can be considered as an addition and supplement to the older “In
Action” volume on the Il-2, as it does update our knowledge of the
camouflage scheme employed and provides scale drawings.
Thanks to 4+ Publications for
the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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