New book released: Stars on the wings - Building airplanes of Great Patriotic War, Zeughaus, 2011

So, colleagues — let me introduce a new book, just published by Zeughaus in the new 2011 year
Among aviation enthusiasts of the USSR VVS has long hovered idea of thematic collection, unified by one theme, one period — namely, the Soviet Air Force 1930-1950 period. The authors of the collection — famous modelers in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Germany. The firm view of the authors, building models of Soviet military aircraft, though somewhat more difficult, while at the same time much more interesting task than the assembly of another Bf-109 among the endless line of «clones».

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IL-2 Technical Manual

Does anyone know where I might find a copy of a GPW IL-2 technical manual?  I have a copy of the 1942 Flight Manual, but I have been unable to find a technical manual for the IL-2, such as I've found for the I-153 and the Pe-2.  Any help would be appreciated.  Spaseeba!



RestModels 1/48 R-5SSS Razor finished

Resin, wire, monothread…

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I-16 Type 17; Eduard 1/48

The model was built out of box, as a gift for my friends 30th birthday. I usually don't do WW2 aviation, but since he's a big fan of it and VVS as well, and since I got this kit for just 4EUR, I had to build it for him.

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Eduard 1/48 I-16 type 24 - The winter "Ishachok"

«Ishachok» means «the small donkey» on Russian. Started his career as not-trusted, speed and capricious for control plane of new generation, for some years it stand over a very popular and loved fighter for Soviet pilots.
The  Eduard kit of I-16 in 1/48 is a very good material for building a model of this famous USSR fighter plane. 
After Eduard's correcting the main error of first series of this kit — wrong form of front engine cowl by new part, the model has two major geometry mistakes — very squared form of gagrot and very tall keel. 
First of those mistakes should be fixed by 5-10 minutes of sanding, but second should be rather hard task — after correcting the tall and geometry of keel we should remake all caving in surfaces. After some minutes of thinking I decide left keel as is — but on the next Eduard's I-16 I should solve this problem.
All part looks very good and impressive at sprues, but the kit has some hidden nuances in assembly ñ as write this some later

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Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Kyushu J7W1 Shinden

Have you seen reviews of a new Japanese model kit, the Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Kyushu J7W1 Shinden?

This is a truly marvelous model kit, with incredible detail.  But perhaps its most unique feature, is how it is built.

You build this model like a real airplane, parts are installed onto a skeleton like frame!

Also, there are many optional features available in photo-etch, white metal, and resin, as well as figures to complete the model.

If you are interested in seeing completed pictures, email me.

David Cooper

Amodel 1/72 Petlyakov Pe-8 Strategic Bomber

The big planes have a kind a m

ystical charm – just imagine how these giants could rise up to the air and not need to say anything more. Some time ago, Amodel released a short-run kit of the ‘Russian Lancaster,’ the Pe-8 strategic bomber in 1/72 scale. It is a very interested kit that could not lose its attraction even when the new Zvevda kit was released. The Amodel kit has very lovely overlapped panel lines which should give very nice and realistic results, but will be much harder to assemble than the Zvezda kit.

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