1/48 Beriev Be-4
I've always liked out of the ordinary aircraft and when I spotted this kit on EBAY I had to have it. Only 46 of these were produced and during The Great Patriotic War they served in the Black Sea area. Post war saw service as catapult aircraft aboard warships.
This is a kit by Mars Models and along with Modelsvit and Dora Wings are producing some very fine kits out of the Ukraine. The molding is top notch with very little flash. But be advised there are some
small and delicate parts and removal from the sprues without damage or loss is a concern. Added details to the kit are lead wire ignition to the engine, and the pilots canopy hatch was opened and replaced with a home made vacuform hatch. I also made the tail beaching gear strut from brass tubing as the plastic part will not support the weight of the kit. Eduard seat belts and Aeromaster decals were used replacing the kit supplied items.
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