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!



OpenId authorization at

For avoiding multiple logins and passwords remembering — the OpenId just installed at ScaleClub.

No need to invent and remember new passwords — just use your Facebook, Google and some other existed accounts to login this site. If you already have account at ScaleClub — please link any of your OpenId with current login.

Best wishes, Michael 

Happy new 2011 year!

Dear Colleagues — modelers and sympathetic! On behalf of administration of I want to congratulate all of you (us) on the coming 2011 year!

This year as a whole was normal in our model hobby — many new releases, many build of models and published articles on the site  

From the life of the community first and foremost I want to note the past five years the site on which Saint-Petersburg arrived colleagues from Moscow, Petrozavodsk, Tver and other wonderful areas of our country. Well sat — «sorry, Piglet early out „© ;-( 

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RestModels 1/48 R-5SSS Razor finished

Resin, wire, monothread…

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Interview with Michael Fichtenmayer (Part II)

Continuing from

Your latest project is the Fish-Shaped Submarine. It is really great!

Thanks! Glad you like it. There has been a lot more interest than I have anticipated and it looks like I'll have to do a second run before too long as the First Edition has all been reserved and then some.

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Interview with Michael Fichtenmayer (Part I)

Most of you reading this like to build models. Some of you build them out of the box adding more or less different after-market parts. Some of you are building from scratch, using blueprints and photographs of original machines. But not too many people do scale modeling as a visual art and build things that have never existed in the first place, using their imagination instead of historically accurate references.
I do not think many of you have heard of the name Michael Fichtenmayer. Somehow we do not pay attention to one’s name, but do notice their work. Michael’s work cannot go unnoticed. Some of us know his models from different postings on the internet or directly from his site www.fichtenfoo.comand some of us are familiar with his creations thanks to MIG Productions.
But who can tell us about the artist (or the modeler) better than he can himself?   So here is the interview with Michael Fichtenmayer:
Michael, would you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
Well, I'm a 36 year old web and graphic designer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in the United States. I've always been artistically inclined with an interest in all things science fiction. As a child I wanted to be an astronaut, but later realized that art was my real passion. I would spend hours alone reading comic books and drawing. I also was very into cartoons. After high school I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with the desire to be an illustrator or comic book artist, but soon realized that if I wanted to eat and not be homeless I should find a job in graphic design. My first design job in 1994 started off quite boring with little pay working for an industrial news magazine which soon after decided to jump on the internet. I taught myself web design and have been doing that ever since either full-time or on a freelance basis. 

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New Walkarounds Project!

We have some new and VERY special project — Walkarounds at ! 

* 2 Tu-154 
* 2 BRDM-2 
* 2 Su-30 
* T-26 
* ZiS-6 Katyusha 
* Ansat Helicopter 

and much more in query for future 

Add link to browsers bookmarks and feel free to register and upload your own walks 

Best wishes from Russia! 

Scale tags fixed

Small but very ugly bug was fixed tonight — links to tags with scale was broken, but these works normally now.

Example: 1/72 

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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The Tour of the Boneyard - Davis-Monthan AFB

Recently I had a chance to visit the world famous Davis-Monthan air base in Tuscon, Arizona.  This is the place where the United States stows the aircraft that are currently not needed by the services. At the moment the base contains approximately 4400 aircraft.  part of the base is used to store flyable aircraft — i.e. aircraft that under deep conservation and will fly again, while the other part is full of aircraft being broken up for spare parts.  This air base is the only military base that actually bring the profit to the us government — over $600 million per year (if one is to believe a tour guide).  The planes on the base are kept as long as there are users for them anywhere in the world and there is demand for the spare parts.  As soon as the last of the type is retied by the last military the planes are quickly scrapped or sent to the museums.  Many long-lived aircraft like B-52 and B-1 are periodically cycled through the storage base in order to keep flying hour on all airframes more or less even and in case of a big war they can all be used

The tour is bus based and you are not allowed out of the bus.

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