New Kit News: 1/48 Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle from Bobcat
After the success of their first kit (1/48 scale Yakovlev Yak-28P Firebar), the second kit release from Bobcat of China is another interesting Cold War subject, the 1/48 Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle.
The Il-28 was Soviet Union's first mass-produced jet bomber, also licence-built in Czechoslovakia as Avia B-228 and CB-228 and in China as the Harbin H-5. Total production in the USSR was 6,316 aircraft. For a long time, it was the standard tactical bomber in the Soviet and Warsaw Pact forces, which makes it rather strange that we haven't yet seen a modern kit of this aircraft in 1/48. Good choice there by Bobcat.
The company has recently released the boxart for the kit, indicating that a release is imminent.
Here are also some recent shots of an assembled test-run kit.