The Flying Tank
This is the Tamiya 1/48th Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik
It's built straight from the box. The only addition was the pilots seat harness. All the paints used were Tamiya acrylics. The wing joint was so good, I painted the fuselage and wings completely before gluing them together.
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Uau, that’s precise moulding engineer for ya!
Jolly good model Julian, love the paint work perfectly made
Thank you Pedro. The mouldings are very precise.
Nice build, can't go wrong with Tamiya...ugly airplane IMO, though...:)
Thanks Craig, your right, you can't go wrong with Tamiya.
Looks good, Julian. Revell have just released a new kit of this, also in 1/48.
Hi Rob, thank you. Is the Revell kit a new mould?
Julian, good job and a very nice build! I took a look at the Revell sprues today, and it seems to be a re-box of the Accurate Miniatures kit, which in the past was done by Italeri as well.
Thank you Boris. I thought that might be the case. I have one in my stash, but I've never got round to building it. Accurate Miniatures produced some nice kits, the Avenger was my favourite.
Yes I think the markings are new choices, but not the mouldings, apart from presumably stamping ‘Revell’ on them as is usually the drill on the reboxings these days.
Thank you Rob. I didn't know it had been released until you said.
Great work on the beast.
Hello Robert, many thanks.
Great to see this plane being built - 'as essential to the Red Army as bread and air' according to Stalin! And a cracking job you have made of it! It must have been scary to see the sky full of these monsters!
Thank you Paul. I believe Stalin did say that.
I like the model and the painting is excellent. One niggle, the lighting could be brighter to better show the eye candy. I've done the same in the past.
Hi Stephen, thank you. Yes, I agree, the lighting is not that great. I need to brush up on my camera skills.
Excellent work, Julian!
Hello Jeffry, thank you.
It might maybe a typical Tamiya quality kit but your finish has lifted it to a high standard. Anyway, I think it's an attractive looking plane in a similar way to the Boulton Paul Defiant, so there.
Hello George, thank you. Yes, I know what you mean. I think it looks like a Defiant around the windscreen area.
Julian, a really nice build here. excellent looking paint work and finish, Well done !
Thank you very much Terry, much appreciated.
Very nice - you did a great job on monster-looking aircraft!
Many thanks Greg.
Only a mother (or a modeler) could love an ugly s****r like the flying tank! But you make it look pretty, Julian, if that were possible.
Hello David, that's what my grandmother said about me when I was born. Only a mother could love it ?
She was such a character. She taught me so much.
Yow! And the bleeped word only makes my comment look worse. All I referred to was a certain hard candy confection found on the end of a stick and the site makes me look like a gen-u-ine heathen!
Hello David, I'm sure no one took offence.
I lived with my nan when I was growing up. That was her all over. I laugh now when I think about the sayings she came out with, such words of wisdom. I've seen photos of me as a baby, and she wasn't wrong ?
A stunning kit built to perfection. Well done!
Many thanks Morne.
Nicely done Julian. I have the Accurate Miniatures version but it stalled out
Hello George, thank you. I think the Accurate Miniatures is not as easy to build as the Tamiya kit.