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I-1 (IL 400b) ECM 1:72

Some 20+ years ago, I was a teenager walking his first steps alone in Santiago, capital city. I had built a Revell F15-E I bought in a school trip to Arica, full of mistakes but you know, what you build as a teen you love forever. Somehow I got to this new store, Mirax, which had a one meter long RC Airwolf helicopter hanging from the roof. Inside, rows of models. I bought there this ECM I-1 (IL 400b) just for buying something, because I really didn’t have too much money. Some years later I spent there my first salary full buying a 2 meter RC glider “Sophisticated Lady” which I still have (broken). Anyway, I wasn’t really excited about this I-1, so I store it at home and very soon forgot it.

The last year, sorting my kit stash, I jumped on this one. I though on giving it away to a dear friend, but then I though “what the heck, let’s do this d**n thing”.

Let me say that if the kit felt old, the result was beautiful, much more than I though. Was very easy to do and allowed me to try techniques to weather the engine area. Also, as this one should have to work in very rustic airfields, I added some mud to the undercarriage. I hope you like it.

8 responses to I-1 (IL 400b) ECM 1:72

  1. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those…doesn’t look like something I’d wanna fly in, though. LOL

  2. This is the first monoplane build by the Soviets in the early 20-ies and one of the first successful projects of the young Polikarpov.
    Therefore it is certainly a subject to model, especially for those interested in the history of aviation in its “booming” stage, when people started to use metal instead of wood or fabric and airplanes get a new, futuristic, shining look.

  3. I wish I could remember/still had some of the kits I bought when I was a teenager, maybe some Bandai/Tamiya 1/12 F1 kits……. anyway great memories, and a great build.

  4. Looks very nice. Well done!

  5. Love that early 20s “modern” looking stuff! We’re a long way from there, all the more reason to model them. “You can’t send that kid up in that crate!”

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