HiPM 1/48 Petlyakov Pe2 M82
This is my build of the Petlyakov Pe-2 M82 from HiPM (Historic Plastic Models) in 1/48 scale.
The Petlyakov Pe-2 M82 was built to house the Shvetsov M82 radial engines. The reason for this was that there was a chronic shortage of the standard used Klimov M105 engines. At the end of the war only 32 aircraft were produced of which 24 entered service.
That this is a rare version is obvious when you try to search the internet for modelled Pe-2's in combination with these radial engines, I was not able find any example of already finished models.
The box from HiPM (48-503) was a limited edition and to create it like an M82, they provided several parts in resin like the nacelles, spinner and propeller blades. Although nicely shaped, parts of the nacelles were very thin. Even so thin that it was impossible to separate them from the holder without getting damaged. Some parts were eventually so badly damaged that I had to spent quite some time to correct them.
A nice number of photo etched parts was present and of good quality to give the plane some more details, like some cockpit controls, seatbelts and the entrance hatch.
Quality of the plastic parts however was not that great, lots of flash on almost every part had to be grinded to get it nicely shaped. Also, the point which holds the parts were pretty big.
Thickness of the plastic parts did also vary a lot. The fuselage halves for example had different thicknesses making it very hard to get them fit properly. Only severe grinding could solve this.
Following the instructions is not advisable. You have to figure out yourself what is the best order to get everything in place without being hampered by parts blocking your progress.
In general, to get this kit fit properly, a lot of grinding, filling, grinding, filling, and so on, had to be done. There was a certain point where I thought to just stop with this kit and start an easier one to relax a bit.
At the end I forced myself to continue with this one and tried to get the best out of it with my novice skills. After finally getting everything more less together, I applied Vallejo white surface primer. Next, I pre-shaded the panel lines and finished the top part with Vallejo light green (71.006) and the bottom with a 1:1 mixture of light sea blue and white, both Vallejo as well. Finally, I applied a satin varnish.
Applying the decals on the other hand was pretty simple since only six were provided.
This kit was built straight out of the box, besides a lot of putty and the antenna wiring, no additional elements were added.
Although this is certainly not my best build and I'm sure it can be done better, for myself the end result is not that bad considering the number of corrections and repairs that had to be made. I just tell myself that this plane is so beautiful by itself that the imperfections of the build are simply overlooked.