1/48 Xuntong Tu-2T
Xuntong’s first effort is my rendition of a Soviet Pacific Fleet member from 1946. Too late for the second World War, it served in several eastern bloc air forces in a number of roles.
While mostly a pleasure to build, it did suffer from several fit issues and somewhat vague instructions. The engines didn’t fit the cowlings until I ground out the insides of the cowlings and ground the valve covers off of the engines, not something one would expect to do in an injection molded kit. Alignment is critical when dealing with the engines/nacelles and landing gear, but difficult to achieve. There’s a lot going on inside the cowlings, but unless one chooses to leave panels open, which I don’t favor, it’s hidden for eternity.
I left this build clean but for some pre-shading, Painting was achieved with Model Master enamels in their VVS flavors and were masked with a close relative of Blu Tack to avoid a hard demarcation and Tamiya tape. I shot a coat of Pledge, formerly Future, over all, then used the kit decals, despite someone offering to make paint masks for the markings, but they never materialized. Another coat of Pledge, followed by a coat of Model Master Flat Clear and I called it done.
I’ve been eyeballing Xuntong’s Il-4, as I’d certainly build another “X” model kit, but have several kits in the stash that are calling my name.
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