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World War II: Soviet Union
Russian aircraft of WWII
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Tamiya 1/48 il-2 build
Gremlin56
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 03:01 AM UTC
Instead of sitting twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Airfix Typhoon to arrive I decided to pull something out my stash:
Tamiya's very elegant 1/48th scale il-2. I will be using Eduards coloured PE set and the Eduard Brassin tyres and weapons sets. The fit of the pieces is unbelievable and the detailing even without PE or Brassin is sufficient to do an OOB build:












Joel_W
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:02 AM UTC
Julian,
The "Pit" looks really nice. Looking forward to following your build.
Joel
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:35 PM UTC
Office looks great,going to be a nice build.I need to pick up one of these.
Gremlin56
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 03:54 PM UTC
Joel, Anthony,
thank you, still a way to go yet though. This is really a fantastic model, Tamiya engineered a real beauty here.
Gremlin56
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 02:16 AM UTC
July 3rd update:

cockpit finished, rear gunner's station finished, ( Spartan? no seat no harness, just a strap to sit on). Rear gun ammunition bin and traverse ring dry fitted. Fuselage halves glued together.






Joel_W
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 03:13 AM UTC
Julian,
The cockpit really looks good, with your weathering. Can't believe that the rear gunner had to seat on a leather strap. Ouch! that sure had to be mighty uncomfortable.
Joel
Gremlin56
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 05:05 AM UTC

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Julian,
The cockpit really looks good, with your weathering. Can't believe that the rear gunner had to seat on a leather strap. Ouch! that sure had to be mighty uncomfortable.
Joel



Hi Joel,
I think that has to have been the worst seat on the Eastern front. I read that there was an armored plate in the fuselage but that would only have provided protection for the lower body. The fuel tank and oil coolers and radiator got more protection
Joel_W
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 06:35 AM UTC

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Julian,
The cockpit really looks good, with your weathering. Can't believe that the rear gunner had to seat on a leather strap. Ouch! that sure had to be mighty uncomfortable.
Joel



Hi Joel,
I think that has to have been the worst seat on the Eastern front. I read that there was an armored plate in the fuselage but that would only have provided protection for the lower body. The fuel tank and oil coolers and radiator got more protection



Julian,
Same can be said for their T-34 tanks. Seems that their crews were more expendable then the equipment.
Joel
Gremlin56
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 06:44 AM UTC
Too true Joel,
Even their later T-72 had some nasty habits crew wise: the automatic shell loading mechanism often tried to feed the loader's arm into the breech
Gremlin56
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 02:57 AM UTC
July 4th update:
The model just falls together, the fit is unbelievable. That explains why there are not many photos of the parts coming together The wheel wells received a burnt umber wash before assembly, (not that much of that will be visible). The armored shutters over the oil cooler are fitted. The design of radiator and oil cooler on real aircraft is amazing, someone was wide awake and doing their job at Ilyushin.
The tail wheel has been fitted and any minor gaps on the airframe have been filled with Mr. melted putty, (or is it Mr. Dissolved putty?).






Approaching the fun part, painting.
Joel_W
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 05:39 AM UTC
Julian,
Just fantastic progress. Looking forward to seeing some paint on it.
Joel
Gremlin56
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 05:57 AM UTC
Thanks Joel,
alpha_tango
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 06:37 AM UTC
Cool build!

Maybe it helps me over my block on my Shturmovik (which is already painted and decaled) ... so keep the updates coming!!

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 05:42 PM UTC

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Cool build!

Maybe it helps me over my block on my Shturmovik (which is already painted and decaled) ... so keep the updates coming!!

cheers

Steffen



Thanks Steffen,
It's the Tamiya version you are talking about I take it, which of the three versions did you choose?
cheers,
Julian
alpha_tango
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 06:32 PM UTC
Hi Julian,

well, I do not want to capture your thread but here are two pix of it as it is now:




all the best

Steffen
Gremlin56
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 06:39 PM UTC
Beautiful work Steffen,looks great. Finish the build, you know you can . Tamiya chose for two very flashy paint jobs with this model. you can see by the longer cannon slots in the wing of my build that I am going for the Leningrad version.
Cheers and happy building


I see your rudder counter balance parted company from the build, I am having a devil of a job keeping it in place on mine.
alpha_tango
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 07:00 PM UTC

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I see your rudder counter balance parted company from the build, I am having a devil of a job keeping it in place on mine.



At some point it got so weak from bending here and there that I rather broke it than to loose it...

My problem is motivation. I used all possible eduard stuff and still have to attach a lot of lines and details to the undercarriage...
Gremlin56
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 - 07:15 PM UTC
Yes, know which ones you mean
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 10:28 AM UTC
Steffen,
Your build looks great. Excellent paint and decaling. And I love those graphics. You're in the home stretch. Just find your Mojo (as Mal would say), and finish your build. Sure looks to me like it will be well worth the effort.
Joel
Gremlin56
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Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014 - 09:40 PM UTC
July 6th update:
I am now in the process of fitting the hydraulic lines to the main undercarriage. I replaced the plastic cannon barrels with Albion Alloys brass tube. The propeller and hub painted, (Vallejo's "Aged White" nice parchment color).
Brass rail parts fitted to rocket rails and the bomb racks fitted next to the radiator/cooler.








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Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014 - 02:52 AM UTC
Julian,
You've made excellent progress. The landing gear looks really looks quite nice. Are the wheels removable? Looks like they would be rather difficult to paint as installed.
Joel
Gremlin56
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Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014 - 03:42 AM UTC
Hi Joel, thanks, yes at the moment getting the topside camo looking the way I want it. The wheels are removable at the moment
Gremlin56
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Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014 - 11:51 PM UTC
July 8th update:

Working on camo and decals.





All still squeaky clean and pristine.
Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 06:29 AM UTC
Julian,
The paint camo scheme really came out well. Decaling looks like they were painted on. and yes, it looks museum quality, neat, and clean. Looking forward to seeing some Russian weathering on it.
Joel
Gremlin56
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Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 06:49 AM UTC

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Julian,
The paint camo scheme really came out well. Decaling looks like they were painted on. and yes, it looks museum quality, neat, and clean. Looking forward to seeing some Russian weathering on it.
Joel



Hi Joel, thank you once again The Vallejo "Orange Brown" works well for the Soviet camo, used it on my "Frogfoot" I built for the Sukhoi campaign a couple of years ago.
Having some fun with the Flory Models weathering liquid at the moment, getting used to it without ruining the il-2
Pristine no more.................