Erik Leijdens Looks fantastic Björn! Must be a great kit too. Good luck with it mate
31. December 2017, 08:24
Björn Svedberg Thanks Eelco and Eric!
The kit is great . Best fit of any model I have built, so I'm happy. Don't like to sand and putty .
I have put together the fuselage and wings now and it was a breeze. Except for the fact that I forgot to make the cut outs for the flaps in the wings. But a razor saw and some careful cutting solved the problem . Now I will go to celerate the new year! Cheers!
Björn Svedberg Thank you Spanjaard, Erik, David, Neil, Robert and Stephan for your nice words! I really appreciate them!
I finished the decaling. It really wasn't that hard as there are so few of them. But I really think they look good! I used Tamiyas Mark Fit Strong for the first time and it was really nice. My previous experience with Tamiya decals has been that they need alot of work and patience, but this time it went like a breeze. Previously I've used Mr.Mark Setter and Softer on Tamiya decals, but this was better.
7. January 2018, 13:01
Björn Svedberg If anyone knows what the russian text on the fuselage says, please let me know .
7. January 2018, 15:47
David Thor Just love the moment when you've put all decals on painted model and suddenly it looks totally different. Good job!
7. January 2018, 17:08
Yury Alexandrov Björn, exellent job!
Russian text: "Месть за Христенко" - "Revenge for Khristenko" (pilot of the 2nd squadron 566th ShAP, who died in early 1944) and "За Ленинград" - "For Leningrad".
And I see, you lost rudder balancer?
7. January 2018, 17:42
Björn Svedberg Thank you Yury for the translation!
Yes, I broke the balancer off early in the build, but I've saved it, so I can glue it back on when I've done all the weathering.
Björn Svedberg The Shturmovik is finished!
The build quality of this kit was really good and I just love Tamiyas clear parts. The BigEd kit for this model wasn't that big. Only cockpit, some exterior parts and the flaps. I also left some of the really small parts in the bag. I must admit that I rushed the build a little and left quite a few seam lines unattended as you can see in the pictures. It's an iconic plane, and I just had to build it .
Next up, the Mosquito.
9. January 2018, 17:23
David Thor Beautiful result! This plane really looks alot like a tank.
9. January 2018, 18:58
Spitfire21 Exzellent Il 2 Björn i like the Iron Gustavs
Björn Svedberg Thank you David, Hato, Yury and Stephan!
@Hato, I watched a documentary where they said that the german troops called them "Iron Gustav" but they didn't explain why. I can get the "Iron", but why Gustav?
Spitfire21 Hello björn, the Iron Gustav was an unbrecebel man so in 1900 in Germany . Je was in Opposition with the Governor of Berlin.
11. January 2018, 10:46
Spitfire21 Gustav Andreas Theodor Hartmann (* 4. Juni 1859 in Magdeburg; † 23. Dezember 1938 in Berlin) war ein Droschkenkutscher aus Berlin-Wannsee und wurde als Eiserner Gustav bekannt. Wikipedia.de
11. January 2018, 11:23
Björn Svedberg Thanks Erik!
And thank you Hato for the info! Your knowledge seems limitless
11. January 2018, 12:30
Eelco Gregoire He looks very nice Björn. I like this plane.
I see on picture 16 between the wings some little gaps. Look at this small thins next time. It is easily fixed.
11. January 2018, 13:36
Yury Alexandrov Hato H., Thanks for the clarifications! One more question: is it possible that the nickname "Eiserner Gustav" comes from the title of the book of the German writer Hans Fallada (de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Fallada)?
11. January 2018, 16:17
Björn Svedberg Thank you Eelco!
Yes, I know. I rushed the build and made some mistakes along the way. The next one will be better, hopefully