1/48 I-153 “Chaika”
This is the brand new ICM kit. What fun this one was! This is probably the most fool-proof biplane I’ve ever built. The parts are molded very nicely, it fits extremely well, has enough detail to make it look busy, and it looks like a “Chaika” when finished. Apparently, it has a few shortcomings when it comes accuracy according to a Russian gentleman who really knows his stuff on this plane over on Hyperscale. Nothing to kill the fun though! I built it out of the box adding only a scratch built throttle, seatbelts that I modified from some RAF items, and rigging from stainless steel wire. I painted it Tamiya TS-17 Silver Leaf overall, masked and sprayed the metal areas Humbrol #147 which is a match for Soviet ae9 gray. I then added Humbrol #151 US interior green squiggles and mottling. This color is a pretty good match for Soviet AII green. This camo was added in the field over silver doped and gray a/c at the start of hostilities in the far east with Japan and the GPW in the European USSR. I used the kit’s decals and they worked very well. This particular plane served with the 70th IAP against the Japanese at Khalhin-Gol in August, 1939. I have nothing but praise for this kit!
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