Hans Posted January 23, 2011 Share Posted January 23, 2011 (edited) Gentlemen, Here are some in-progress pics of my build of the Hobby Boss Il-2 single-seater, known to the Russians as the "Gorbatyi" or "hunchback". First impressions of the kit are favorable: it is made out of a hard, good quality plastic that can easily be sanded and sawn, surface detail is very refined and fit is exellent. As Jason (learstang) has pointed out in his review of the ski-equipped version here on LSP the areas that could need extra detail are the cockpit and undercarriage. For detailing the cockpit I used pics found on the net and photos from an old issue of the French modelling magazine "Replic" (No.75, november 1997). What I found out was that the equipment of the cockpit remained more or less the same and in the same place over the entire production run when comparing the illustrations of the Il-2 flght handbook of the single seater with photos of the twoseater in Prague that was build in december 1944. Very useful was a set of cockpit scale drawings from a Soviet modelling magazine, ca. 1975, found on ScaleModels.ru showing the size of the various parts and their placement. A lot of this equipment, including the steering column was made of brass, left unpainted. Hobby Boss has chosen to give the builder the option to show the wing bomb bays in the open position. As a consequence of this and in order to have a solid wing-to-fuselage joint as a compromise they had to make a step in the cockpit walls. I opted for smooth sidewalls as per original so out came the hacksaw. The protruding parts were sawn off following the wing contour on the outside of the fuselage and the remaning rim on the inside sanded off. This was not done in the front cockpit part of the left fuselage half where the side console sits against it. The removed parts were then thinned on the outside by 0.5mm as well as the adjoining wing parts and after this operation superglued to their former position, see the accompanying pics. after smoothing the walls the various pieces of equipment were added. Edited May 30, 2011 by Hans Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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