IL-28 model in 1/72 scale
The Ilyushin Il-28, NATO code name " Beagle" was one of the first jet bombers of the Soviet Union developed in the fifties. It has a typical "old fashioned" look with high shoulder straight wing and two jet engines in pods under the wing.
Several kits can now be found, the Airfix kit of way back the 1960's being the first one. It was inaccurate to current standards, but still is remarkably good. It's biggest error being the shape of the nacelles.
The best kit in 1/72 is of Italeri, No. 060, issued in 1996. It has a lot of fine details and can be build rather straight from the box.
The kit has bomb bay, but it's doors don't fit very well. When closed, you will have to use putty. The same applies to the entry hatch at the rear, part no. 36A and the upper hatch Part no. 37A.
|Take care as to distinguish
between the left/right nacelle parts and putty is needed here to smooth
out the parts.
Make a wing spar for strength through the fuselage, its contact area being rather small for glue only.
I also added a nose undercarriage
bay with "side walls".
The doors are a bit to thick and add further details to the u.c. legs.
Nice touches of this kit are the JATO bottles and the wing tanks. I also liked the decals, several versions being provided.
The model was polished all over as to remove all scratches. A metall finish with Testor's metalizer was choosen, and aircraft being depicted on the USSR AF, Red "20".
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Created January 28, 2001