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Here is Chris Wauchop's 1/48 scale Il-2m3 Stormovik
from Accurate Miniatures.
Chris built this when the kit was first released.
The fuselage to lower wing fit was a challenge with the kit cockpit in
place (on the lower wing part). A prominent actuator rod needed to be
threaded along the sides of the cockpit interior - care was required for
this part of the construction too.
The kit was mostly built straight from the box but
the bomb fuses were modified. The disks representing the propellers on
the bombs were removed, leaving the centre spiggot. Thin white
plasticard was then cut into short uniform lengths. These were applied,
one by one, the first four in a cruciform pattern with the appropriate
pitch on each blade. The remaining four blades were added in between.
Cannon and machine gun barrels were drilled out and
antenna wire added.
Undersurface paint was Gunze RLM 65 Light Blue.
Upper colours were mixes of other Gunze colours to match illustrations.
Wing root weathering is via silver pencil.
Decals were from Aeromaster and reference came from
a scratchy old publication called "Aircraft Encyclopaedia. This
reference was found by chance after Chris had already chosen the
subject. The old photo was unclear about the accuracy of the red nose,
but the red-nose interpretation looked good! Also, the reference seemed
to suggest that the name on the side was a propaganda-inspired addition
to the photgraph, and not actually on the plane.
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Last Updated 07 December, 2002
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