Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle, Anigrand 1/144
Another short-run resin kit from Anigrand is the Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle, a bonus item in their offering of the Ekranoplan Bartini-Beriev VVA-14M1P in 1/144. This kit was ‚allmost done’ for several years and finally finished only few weeks ago. I decided to live with a few shortcomings in order to get it finalized. Overall casting quality is good without bubbles or casting defects. Panel lines are somewhat on the heavy side but ok if not further accentuated. Looking on pictures from the real plane, the fuselage nose often points into the sky but the main wheels are pressure-less, then. Other pictures show the Beagle fuselage almost parallel to the ground. Therefore, I shortened the front leg – probably a little bit too much – which broke into several pieces during this exercise. I rebuilt it into a nice-looking (but not too accurate) front landing gear. I also replaced the way-too-short gun barrels with wire and added few antennas from plastic sheet. Looking on the photos of the finished model, I should have flattened the wheel tires for a more accurate look – I will do later… For now, I am more than happy that I have finished another one of these exotic kits.
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