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  1. 1:48 Polikarpov I-1 От ивна Catalogue #4801 Available from modelstroy@mail.ru for 65€ I got knowledge of this new release from this entirely new russian company on Facebook, and got in touch with Maxim, creator and owner of this new brand that called От ивна. Translating from Russian you got “Otivna”, that means…well according to Maxim is something like “ignition” for I could told from Maxim message. So a new manufacture in 1:48 launching the first Russian monoplane fighter, the Polikarpov I-1. The Polikarpov I-1 was the first indigenous Soviet monoplane fighter. It had to be redesigned after the crash of the first prototype, and was eventually ordered into production in small numbers, but it was never accepted for service with the Soviet Air Forces. The I-1 (I = Istrebitel or fighter) was a single-seat, low-wing, wooden aircraft. The first prototype, known as the IL-400, was designed around the 400-horsepower (300 kW) Liberty L-12 piston engine. It used the radiator and propeller of the Airco DH.9A. The fuselage and wings were covered with a mix of plywood and fabric. The landing gear was braced by wires and the wingtips were protected by tubular curved skids. On the IL-400's maiden flight on 15 August 1923, the aircraft stalled and crashed because its center of gravity was too far aft.[1] A second prototype, designated as the IL-400bis or IL-400B, was built, but it had to be redesigned to cure the center of gravity problem. A new, thinner, aluminum wing was designed and the tailplane and vertical stabilizer were enlarged. The cockpit and engine were moved forward and the radiator was replaced by a Lamblin type. It made its first flight on 18 July 1924 and was cleared for production on 15 October as the I-1.[2] Thirty-three aircraft were ordered, but the first production aircraft was still a prototype. The aluminum skin was replaced by plywood, the radiator was switched for a honeycomb type, and two synchronised 7.62 mm (0.3 in) PV-1 machine guns were fitted. The production aircraft differed from one another and all were used for testing. This showed that the I-1 did not easily recover from a spin and Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gromov was forced to make the first Soviet parachute jump during one such incident on 23 June 1927. The aircraft never entered operational service.[2] General characteristics · Crew: 1 · Length: 8.3 m (27 ft 3.75 in) · Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5.25 in) · Wing area: 20 m2 (215 sq ft) · Gross weight: 1,510 kg (3,329 lb) · Powerplant: 1 × Liberty L-12 piston engine , 298 kW (400 hp) Performance · Maximum speed: 264 km/h (164 mph, 143 kn) · Range: 650 km (404 mi, 351 nmi) · Service ceiling: 6,750 m (22,150 ft) Armament · 2 × synchronised 7.62 mm (0.3 in) PV-1 machine guns. This aircraft is represented here for the first time in 1:48. ICM a few year back (1999) release the First Soviet Fighter-Monoplane (pilikarpov I-1) in 1:72, and as far I know, it was the only kit available of this aircraft until now. So this new Polikarpov from Otivna and their first product, comes in sturdy box with a picture of the real aircraft, one of few pictures available. Let`s crack the box. Inside everything looks quite neat and very well protected. You got quite a few resin parts, and it is a full resin model kit with mask for the insignia but no seatbelts. Before getting to the resin parts, it’s a bit deception not having some PE in this model. The I-1 has an open cockpit so for me it’s a major detail missing, specially for the price you paid for the model. Anyway you will to scratch build one with no reference Maxim told me that a English DH9 Seatbelts could do but I would probably to some I-15/1-16 similar seatbelts. But let´s move on. The resin parts are “almost” flawless. The resin comes in grey color and all the parts are very well cast with no distortion or bubbles. The detail is keen and vey crystal in the surface. Example of that is the engine and all its components. The engine is a piece of art itself with very subtle and fantastic details. The exhaust are hollow and exquisite. Starting with wings, one wing is flawless with detail very well made and with two important location holes to be easier to get the wings in place. However my example did had one problem: one wing has suffered of some kind of reaction as you can see. Well, doesn’t look very hard to solve it Moving for the fuselage, you got two halves with the internal skeleton incastrated. A nice touch indeed but those will not be seen in the end. The external fuselage have really nice soft details. As for shape, not been a Polikarpov experts and for the pics I saw on internet, Otvina got the shilluete and look very well, with an elegant fuselage profile. The internal detail is quite good and comprehensive with the wood floor well represented, handles, oil pump, pedals, machine-gun, and the stick. The instruments panel does have good engraved details but with no decal, the modeler must get some on the spare parts to get a good dials representation You also get 3 intersections that represent an the interior support from the cockpit to the engine. A small clear part for the windshield is included and it in clear resin with very good transparencie. The remaining parts like the propeller, the radiator , wheels undercarriage ae in perfect shape and quality, with, like all others, very little resin block to remove. I love the resin gray look of this particular model. The instruction does have quite good design with a historical introduction of the aircraft itself in Russian and in English. Opening the instructions, you notice that it has no color carts or indications color name or any text. All you get are drawings. ~~ For this marking, a set of mask with star i givin. The mks reminds me the old mask sets from EDuard in vynil. Its a good extra and a necessary one as I already said, no decal sheet is given. There is an addendum in Russian, that I ask Maxim to translate and it said something like this: “The kit did not include some parts, the manufacture of which from resin would be either impossible or impractical, mainly due to the thickness. It is recommended to make them by hand. Well, since you bought this model, it means that you are a professional, and therefore any advice is superfluous) 1. Pitot tube. 2.Underwing arches 3. Pads for the gaps between the stabilizer and the elevators In fact, looking closely for the pics available in the addendum, you can see the missing details. These details are not very hard to scratchbuild but take attention to the pitot, it has a double end. Conclusion: I do have some mix fellings about this model. All of the resin are beautifully cast and has no flaw at all. There is a little flash in some areas, but this is so thin and will be easy to remove. The resin block are modelers friendly as theyare quite easy to remove. I confess that I`m a bit bored about the extra work that the wing will give me but I can live with that. None of the others castings suffer from seam lines or bubbles, distortion or chemical reaction. Pricey? This is no mass-produced TamigawaMeng kit. If you want a unique model that will stand out in any model contest or in your collection this is the one for you, and it will be quite unique. However for the price asked, I was expecting seatbelts and some dials for the instrument panels. Still I highly recommended to all modelers that would like to have in their collection an obscure aircraft but an important one Francisco Guedes Our thanks to Otvina (and Maxim) for shipping this out to us in such a speedy manner. To purchase this directly, sent an email to modelstroy@mail.ru
  2. 1/35 Cargo Cabin detail set for Trumpeter Mi-24V Hind E Helicopter Part Photo Etch Poland Catalogue number S35-018 Available from JADAR Model.s.c. for USD $21.42 Part, a Polish PE manufacturer for all scales and genre's of scale models, make PE sets for many kits and are well respected in the world of modelling. I have heard of them being described as the Aber PE for aircraft? There's no pre printed parts or self adhesive parts, but the sets they make are very nice indeed. The Trumpeter kit, number 05103. It's one of Trumpeters best large scale kits available in my opinion. PE make four sets of PE for the 1/35 Trumpeter Mi-24V kit, Weapons, Exterior, Cabin Interior and Cockpit Interior. So, onto this set, the comprehensive Cargo Cabin detail set. As mentioned earlier, there's no pre-painted PE or self adhesive parts, but the multi layered construction of the panels and locations for plastic rod here and there will give a very 3 dimensional cabin. The set is delivered in a sealed envelope measuring 85 x 130mm. there are three frets of brass and one small sheet of acetate included along with an instruction sheet. The two larger frets each measure 61 x 122mm. There are more than 500 PE parts in this set, CRAZY!!!. Lets look at some of the detail on those parts. Here we can see the main switch panel located between the cockpit and cabin. This will be visible with the doors open and is very complete. I recommend replacing the PE handles with brass wire. I assume it is deigned so you glue the faces onto the back panel in one piece, then cut away the joining tabs?? here's more detail on fret one, this time looking at the lower half. This is gonna look great painted and weathered!! Moving on to fret 2, we can see all the fuselage ribbing supplied, all with lovely rivet detail, crying out for a wash!! Again, moving down to the bottom half of the fret, yet more gorgeous detail.. Just look at those gorgeous window frames!!! Close up detail of some of the buckles and brackets, the parts above them are mounts for the machine gun rails.. This is the third fret, measuring 61 x 31mm. Note the right side of the fret, marked, spare parts. Thank you Part.. , I wish other manufacturers of PE would do this!! On to the acetate for the cabin windows and some other small parts. A single sheet measuring 28 x 59mm. The instructions are supplied as one off A4 sheet of paper folded in half to give four A5 sides of black and white printed pages. Page one, giving a schematic view of the frets and starting on the assembly of the switch panel and opposite wall. Page 2 covers a selection of sub assemblies and sidewall construction. Similar sub assemblies are covered on page 3, then we start to put it all together into the fuselage. Finishing up with page 4, the final pieces are fitted to the bulkheads and the panels are fitted between the floor and roof of the cabin interior. All in all, this is a lovely set, if a little complex, that will greatly enhance the kit interior, especially if being displayed with open doors. All the buckles, clamps and eyelets will really pop under some weathering and dry brushing. You may have noticed a small amount of flash between some of the more intricate parts, it's actually like gold leaf and is very easily removed. Thanks to my pocket for the set, which I purchased from Model-art.eu.. delivery was £3.50 for four sets, packaging was brilliant and the sets only took 3 days to arrive!!
  3. 1/35 Mi-24v Airframe Stencil data set Linden Hill Decals Catalogue number LHD35003 Available direct from Linden Hill Imports or Hannants for £6.40 The good old 1/35 Mi24v kit from trumpeter has been around for a long time, but is still the best kit out there of the Hind in my opinion. It's one of their best large scale kits to date. Over the years, there have been a few aftermarket accessories made for the kit, one of which being this stencil set from Linden Hill Decals. The decal set covers all the stencils required both inside and outside the airframe, (Note no cockpit stencils are included). The set contains one off sheet measuring 130 x 203mm of beautifully printed decals, all perfectly in register and shaded correctly for what references I have. The sheet is divided up into the relevant sections to include; Air Cleaners, Tail Rotor, Rear Cabin, Weapons Pylons, main Rotor and Fuselage. Soviet and Russian Red Stars are included. The placement guide is printed in black and white on one folded piece of A4 paper. It is well printed and clear, with descriptions and notes of variations across different countries. The back page gives guidance notes, reference suggestions and even kit suggestions. Funny they suggest 1/48 and 1/72 kits but no mention of the Trumpeter kit? Linden Hill claim they get their references directly from the real aircraft, looking at their sets I can quite believe it. they are VERY good!! If you enjoy your models with a Soviet slant, you should give these Decals a try. Their 1/32 Su-27 sets are awesome!! Thanks to my pocket for this lovely set. See my other Mi-24V reviews in this review section.
  4. 1/35 Cockpit Detail set for Trumpeter Mi-24V Hind E Helicopter Part Photo Etch Poland Catalogue Number S35-017 Available from JADAR-MODEL.s.c. for USD$15,40 Part, a Polish PE manufacturer for all scales and genre's of scale models, make PE sets for many kits and are well respected in the world of modelling. I have heard of them being described as the Aber PE for aircraft? There's no pre printed parts or self adhesive parts, but the sets they make are very nice indeed. The Trumpeter kit, number 05103. It's one of Trumpeters best large scale kits available in my opinion. PE make four sets of PE for the 1/35 Trumpeter Mi-24V kit, Weapons, Exterior, Cabin Interior and Cockpit Interior. So, onto this set, the comprehensive cockpit set. as mentioned earlier, there's no pre-painted PE or self adhesive parts, but the multi layered construction of the panels and locations for plastic rod switches and knobs will guarantee a very 3 dimensional cockpit indeed. With the glazing and door open on the finished model, all this work will pay dividends. Once we unpack the small 85 x 130mm packaging we find all this inside. There are over 200 PE parts in this set alone!! The main fret measures 61 x 123mm. Upon closer inspection we can see how 3 dimensional the panels are. they will take some skill to paint, but will look incredible if well done. At the top of the main fret we can see these beautifully etched panels. The centre section of the fret... note the multi layer parts and holes and slots for switch gear. The second, smaller fret measuring 56 x 30mm contains 25 parts and carries on with the beautiful etch work found on the main fret. The clear acetate sheet is printed with all the gauges and dials. It measures 48 x 90mm and has 22 separate parts. Once painted behind with white paint it will really pop. ] The instructions are very small, being made from one sheet of A4, folded in half to give four sides of A5 instructions. There is no colour and the printing could be better, but none of the instructions are illegible. page one, showing the frets laid out and dealing with sub assemblies. Note the bottom left corner shows how the lovely switch panels will be assembled. Moving on to page 2 we can see the main instrument panel coming together and the gunners side panel and pilots starboard console. Page 3 covers the pilots port side panel, more IP work and some canopy details. Page four covers the main assembly of all the parts into the kit fuselage. Surprisingly, no harnesses are included??? In summary, this is a lovely set which will take a lot of work, but will be well worthwhile in my opinion. The fact that there are no belts included is a little disappointing, I guess I'll have to get the Eduard set as well?? Thanks to my pocket for buying this set. I purchased my sets from Model-art .eu.. The postage for all four sets was only £3.50 and they arrived, beautifully packaged in only three days!! Highly Recommended Watch this space for the other three sets reviews.
  5. P-47D "White 39" 255 IAP, Northern Fleet Vaenga 1 Airfield, Winter 1945 VVS (Russian Air Force - Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily) P-47D’s which included 100 bubble-tops saw limited use in the last few months of the war. Like the Mustangs, Hurricanes and Spitfires the P-47 was not particularly liked by Russian pilots. The low altitude smaller and quicker turning P-39 and P-40 were preferred. P-47D’s were handed to the air regiment who trained the crews and deployed the planes to the units. Ground crews (English speaking) checked the machines, removed radio and electronics not compatible with Russian military or air regiment. The ground crews painted the soviet national insignia, usually over the USAAF national insignia and serial number. Field installations often took place for M10 Bazookas and Type B-7 underwing pylon and belly racks. Most Russian P47’s were deployed to northern Naval Units and operated over Norway and Finland in anti-shipping roles and fast recon. Other P47’s were used to protect oil fields in Polesti. KIT: 1:32 Hasegawa P47D ST27 AIRBRUSH - Iwata Eclipse HP-CS & H&S Evolution PAINT – Primer: Mr.Surfacer 1200; Upper: Vallejo Olive Drab; Lower: Vallejo Medium Sea Grey; Interior: Vallejo Gunship Green and Tamiya Yellow Green; Prop Hub and Wheel Covers: Vallejo Off White; Masks: Intercooler, US Insignia and Serial Number block then freehand edges WEATHERING – Flory Wash, MIG Wash, MIG Pigments, Thinned Black/Brown VARNISH - Alclad II: Klear Kote for decal prep then final with Semi-Matte AFTER MARKET – Barracuda: Wheels; Eduard: Photo etch Interior and Exterior; Hasegawa: Brass blast tubes; Scale Precision Masks: USAAF national insignia; Decals: Kit for stencils, AMLC “Americans In Stalin’s Sky” for national insignia and tail number; Belts: HGW Textile The Hasegawa 1:32 P47 had few build issues with exception of surgery to drop the engine/cowling. See WIP link: Jug Double Build
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