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George Damian
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1/48 Hobby Boss Romanian IAR-80

September 2, 2021 · in Aviation · · 15 · 2.1K

This summer a bunch of photographs surfaced from a movie studio archive depicting some IAR-80`s in a very sorry state. The photographs were taken in 1954 during the production of a movie and stayed unknown until recently.

IAR-80 was the main fighter of the Air Force during World War II, of local conception and production, some 450 were produced before and during the war. Very few details were known about the state of those fighters during the years after the war, it seems that during the 50s there were still 80 of them around, 48 incapable of flying, the rest used for training. The surfaced photographs would be a great source of inspiration for a model, but instead I chose to drape a 1/48 Hobby Boss kit in some decals from RB Productions. Hope youll like it.

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15 responses

  1. That's a slick job, beautifully done.

  2. Nice clean build! I like the IAR-80, and need to build mine soon. The Romanian markings and yellow nose against that dark surface always makes it a standout!

  3. This is a wonderful build out of the seemingly good Hobby Boss kit, George.
    The IAR-80 is one of my favorite modeling subjects, hoping to build the Hobby Boss kit one day!
    Congratulations and welcome aboard!

  4. Welcome to this great community, George @georgedamian
    You made a great entry with this build.
    The IAR80 is a beautiful plane and your build clearly shows that.
    Hope to see more of your work shortly.

  5. Fine work on your IAR! I did one of these in 2019 and enjoyed the build also.

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  6. Welcome to the asylum, George! Very nice build of an overlooked but important aircraft!

    Here's mine:

    • I`ve heard a British modeller complaining on Youtube that IAR-80 never achieved mass-production status, which is real, 450 is not mass-production, but still was a good fighter. Really liked your build.

  7. I know nothing about this aircraft but I love the colour scheme, nicely done, welcome to iModeler, definitely liked.

  8. I really like the way your IAR 80 came out, looks great! One of my favourite fighters from that time.

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