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Polikarpov I-153 ”Chaika” ICM 1/32

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Hi all!

 

A look at the kit before we start the build in ernest….

 

 

A little more then 170 grey and 6 clear parts, a small but well printed decal sheet and a instruction book.

 

I also have a instrument panel from Yahu and a set of seatbelts from HGW are on order.

 

 

 

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The clear parts;

 

 

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Nice, crisp and very well done injection, well detailed parts with very small injection gates(?) at the parts and almost no seam lines or ejection marks, all very neatly done.

 

 

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More to come soon!

 

 

 

 

Stefan

 

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Looks like a sweet topic to model. So glad of ICM to be releasing some much needed and missed VVS aircraft. (And figures too) I’ll keep a keen eye out here...

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Hi All!

 

Yes, this kit is a real gem!

 

I will get the Gladiator and I hope for many small aircrafts to come from ICM the next few years...

 

Now we have a brand we can hope for Tiger Moth, DH Chipmunk, Bristol Bulldog, YaK´s,  and many other small aircrafts from.

 

 

This build starts in the cockpit as most builds do and a really spartan cockpit it is…

 

 

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The fuselage is round as a little barrell…

 

 

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The fit is perfect and the canvas imitation on the sides are really well done, fine and restraint….

 

The wings went together just as fine and the canvas are just as well done here too.

 

 

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These frames are VERY fine and very, very fragile and easy to break if you are careless when removing them from the sprue.

 

I started with cutting off large pieces of the sprue to avoid putting any stress on the parts.

 

These parts are molded very close to the sprue so I could not use my trusted sprue cutter, I used a scalpel with a new blade.

 

 

 

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It took a while carefully cutting the parts from the sprue and then cleaning up the parts….

 

 

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The frame glued together and mounted on the cockpit base plate…

 

 

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Extremly fine parts with very small contact surfaces but the perfect fit makes the job easy.

 

 

More to come soon….

 

 

 

 

Stefan

 

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Nice work!

ICM seems to have understood what most modelers need: nice details, simple builds, great fit and interesting aircraft too!

Makes me want to buy all those new kits. I already have the I-16 Type 24 and it is very nice.

I am following with interest.

 

Alain

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Thanks Alain and Brian!

 

Yes, I could´nt agree more, ICM´s kits are lovely little gems and for the asking price, they are a steal!

 

I have the I-16 Type 24 too and It´s just as nice as this, but the Chaika is a really odd bird and have been on my wish-list for many years, that´s why I choose it for this build.

 

As the Gloster Gladiator was used by the Swedish Air Force during the 40´s and 50´s, I will definitely have one or two!

 

Cheers!

 

Stefan :)

 

 

 

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A biplane with retractable landing gear? What’s not to love! I am following your build with great interest, and you are off to a great start. Thanks for sharing your work.

 

Cheers,  Tom

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Hi All!

 

 

The stabilizator and the bracing assembled….

 

One thingie to note, the braces fit better on the opposite side compared with the instructions!

Right or wrong (me or ICM ?, I dunno know) but I placed the parts where they ”wanted” to sit.

 

I trust ICM´s outstanding engeneering here….

 

Hope I got It right....

 

 

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The rudders mounted with a bit of ”swing” to get some interest….

 

Very nice fabric texture...

 

 

 

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More to come soon!

 

Stefan

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