AN-22 Amodel in 1/72 Scale
22 "Antei" is a huge transport plane developed in the nineteen sixties
in the former Soviet Union. The Antonov design buro , specialized in transport
aircraft, designed this large plane with 4 large engines and counter rotating
props, a rear ramp for loading and unloading large cargo items and a very
large undercarriage enabling the plane to operate from many airfields.
From 1965-1976 about 66 planes were manufactured. The Soviet airline AEROFLOT
operated the fleet of An-22, known in the West with codename "Cock".
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walkaround at the Dutch IPMS NL site here......... .
This model is a huge beast and not
cheap. I ordered my model with considerable savings directly from the Ukraine
) and Yuri of this firm provided excellent service and the model is send
free of postage!.
The model is in length 80 cm (32")
and span 84 cm (33") .
WARNING: As all main material is fiber with harmful small glass particles and resin being used. So use a protecting face mask and hand gloves and work outside the house. Use plenty of water. Do not underestimate the risks so take precautions.
Also, drill / open up all fuselage
windows. Do all the other rough cutting, sawing and sanding as needed.
Do not forget to fill all the small tiny holes in the leading edge of the
wing and the upper fuselage. Fiber leaves some small holes sometimes and
they can be seen of a white model!.
So lets go into detail....
First make sure that the nose cockpit section fits onto the main fuselage so clean up as required.
The cockpit interior is fine and you get a complete interior but little of it will be seen.
In the bulkhead (#41), a door was opened to allow some light to get through from rear to front. It will add realism when looking in to the large cargo bay. The cockpit section was NOT yet fitted to the main fuselage.
The gear parts are a lot of work
and it is difficult to align the doors, the struts etc. But little of it
will be seen anyway later on. Leave of the main wheels in step 21 for later,
in order to get them touch all of them the ground ...... The wheels themselves
need some sanding and filling with putty. Assemble the rest as indicated
in the instructions. Be patient but it will be rewarding later on.
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