Shelf of Doom Pt 1 Eduard 1/48 Polikarpov Rata
After about a year deciding whether to consign this to the bin or not I went back to it. I had been experimenting with brush-painting it entirely using oils having seen a brilliant youtube clip….
Anyway after failing completely I put this down indefinitely. Only when I bought a large bottle of turps did I feel It worth an attempt at a wash and restart.
The decals provided in the Eduard weekend kit represent the ‘mount of’ the famous Soviet ace Boris Safanov, however it is likely that it is just a plane he was photographed with for propaganda purposes (being the cleanest and least damaged I-24 available). In which case the extensive weathering here may be entirely unnecessary!
I’d like to think that the plane was used eventually – even if not by Safanov!
I imagine a lot of these get built due to the massive variety in types and schemes – after a false start this was a lot of fun!
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.