1/32 Scale MB 326 K Scratch Build Part 1
Time for an update for the Impala Mk 2, The build has been pretty much that same as the Mk 1, except for the single seat and the two 30mm DEFA cannon pods under the fuselage. I am building an aircraft that was responsible for shooting down a Mi 24 in 1985 in Angola.
In several encounters in 1985 in Angola with Mi 8 and Mi 24 helicopters, Impala Mk 2’s shot down a total of six, This happened during a crucial phase of the ground war, when Angola and Cuban troops were checked in an offensive against UNITA bases. This ended in disaster for the Angolan/Cuban alliance when their supplies were cut off by UNITA and the SAAF and front line troops ran out of ammunition. Helicopters were being used to supply the besieged troops and the SAAF cut off this link. Two Mi 24’s were shot in the first encounter while escorting MI 17’s. The Mig 21’s that escorted them flew too high to react in time. Two days later the Impala Mk 2 struck again, downing two Mi 24’s and two Mi 17’s. Attacks on unsuspecting helicopters were carried out with only two guns per aircraft.
Just a little History on a little known war fought in Angola.
You will see that there are a few open panels on the model as well as the one cannon bay, this I hope to fill with some detail work to make the model look busy.
Hope you enjoy the pics,
Keep safe during this trying time,
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