Tech Manuals - new part of Walkarounds

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New part of Walkarounds@Scalemodels.ru apears — TechManuals. At this moment uploaded Boston, An-12, MiG-15UTI, MiG-3, Lagg-3, La-9 and other
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Group Build: Red Stars-2 at the ScaleModels.ru

Dear Colleagues, announces the launch of the annual aviation contest Building Together — Red Stars-2! Blows the dust off the boxes, uncovering the sprues, to lay out parts and loads of paint brushes, remove the trigger with the fuses and the taxi at the start.
Competition Rules
1. Timeline
1.1 The term of the contest on Feb. 23, 2011 — February 23, 2012 (12 months).


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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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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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Prop&Jet 1/72 Nikitin NV-1

 

NV-1, a sport plane developed by the Soviet designer V. Nikitin in 1933, was one of the tiniest aircraft built in the USSR and also the fastest plane with Shvetsov M-11 engine. Only one prototype was built. This nice, yet almost forgotten aircraft became a subject of a wonderful resin kit in 1/72 scale released by Russian company Prop&Jet. The model is beautifully done, with subtle, realistic fabric representation, delicate panel lines and razor sharp trailing edges. The fuselage is cast in one part, which spares the modeler some filling and sanding, but also makes painting of an interior a little trickier. Engine cylinders are molded separately, so are the wheels. The instruction suggests making thin struts using stretched sprue, which probably is the only way these tiny parts can be made.


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Nakotne 1/72 Polikarpov I-3

 

I-3 made its first flight in 1928 and entered service the next year, becoming a primary fighter of the Red Army Air Force with about 400 built. Although I-3 flight performance was on par with the Western fighters of the time and it had a certain potential for further development, the type was phased out relatively quickly and replaced with I-7 (a license-built Heinkel HD-37).



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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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1/72 Special Hobby TsKB-3 (I-15 Prototype)

 

TsKB-3, a biplane fighter powered by Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine, was developed in 1933 by Nikolai Polikarpov as a successor to his earlier design I-5. It was put in production in 1934 under the name I-15 and became famous in combat in Spain where it proved to be one of the best biplane fighters of its time.

If I was going to build a 1/72 I-15 today, I would probably start with a new ICM model. However, a few years ago, long before it was released one had to choose from three limited-run offerings from Aviation Usk, Pavla and Special Hobby (the last one was also sold under Azur label). After reading the (somewhat misleading) reviews and arriving at a conclusion that none of these models is perfect, I decided to go with Special Hobby.


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