Ilyushin Il2 Stormovik Revell 1/48 (No.03932 year 2017)
Two months ago a combo build was started for the Ilyushin Il2 Stormovik together with Spiros @fiveten. This groupbuild grew rapidly and has already shown some great builds of this amazing aircraft and some excellent builds are still in progress.
I decided to participate this groupbuild with a single seater variant from Revell which originates from the Accurate Miniatures kit dated 1997.
Mostly build out of the box with a few exceptions.
Seatbelts are provided as decals, meaning very flat. To make them look at bit more 3D, I put the decals on a piece of masking tape and cut them out.
On some original pictures, it was seen that on some of those early Stormoviks, strengthening ribs were used on the fuselage, in the early stages the aircraft suffered from a weak fuselage construction, a nice addition to make the aircraft look a bit 'different'. The ribs are created by using plastic strips.
I was in favor of having this aircraft done in winter camouflage, as shown on the picture with the belly landed aircraft which also has the strengtening ribs, but was struggling on how to get that done until I was informed about using a washable white from MiG (thanks for that George @gblair). To me this was a new way to create a winter camouflage for me, but this technique did give quite a nice result to my opinion.
Other little modifications are the addition of brake lines to the main landing gear and opening the exhaust pipes to give a bit more realistic looks.
The full building progress can be found here:
I would like to thank all who participated, and still are, in the groupbuild. A lot of information was shared and did definitely help in getting this build done.