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  1. Learstang

    TU-95 Bear-D Intercept

    I do have this kit. I have thought about building it as a Bear-B; I even have the Amodel Kangaroo missile I could use for it. And I have thought about converting it into the Bear-D, but I don't know what I'd use for the huge under fuselage radome. I do have parts to convert it into a Bear-E. Regards, Jason
  2. As some of my quotes appear in the original post, I should add that I have built models in all the media mentioned, polystyrene, vacuform, and resin. A few years ago my preference would have been polystyrene, resin, and vacuform as a distant third. Lately though, I've become disenchanted by resin, partly because of the health risks (I'm not getting any younger), but also because I don't like the medium as I find it too heavy and too brittle, and I would rather use solvents to glue parts together as opposed to adhesives (they seem to create a stronger bond than adhesives such as CA). Yesterday, just working on some resin AM parts (I still use those), I broke them three times, one part being broken twice. I had also mentioned the weight of the resin models - they are heavy! I have a vacuform Boulton Paul Overstrand and a resin Grumman F2F-1, both in 1/72nd scale. They have both been subjected to some rather harsh treatment, being in boxes that were moved some 160 miles from Houston, Texas to a small town outside of San Antonio, Texas. The Overstrand, a much larger model, had some superficial damage that was easily repaired. The F2F-1 had to be largely rebuilt. Yes this is anecdotal evidence, but it does seem to illustrate the respective toughness of the types of models. Properly-built vacuform models are light and quite strong; properly-built resin models are still heavy and brittle. To be honest, the more the merrier when it comes to kit/subject choices, and if some resin kit appears of some aeroplane that I've despaired of ever seeing in polystyrene or vacuform, I will certainly consider buying it, but I would now put my preferences firmly as polystyrene (IM), vacuform, and resin. Regards, Jason
  3. I actually added the idea for the Soviet Hurricanes to my ever-expanding list of book/short story ideas. At the length it is now, I will have to live approximately 534 more years in order to complete all the books on the list. Wasn't there a figure in mythology, perhaps Norse, who as long as they (or perhaps it was someone else, like their mother) kept weaving (something or other), they would not die? Or did I dream it? At any rate, I'm attempting to do that with my books. I may just add your idea about the British lend-lease aircraft (a book about Western lend-lease aircraft sent to the Soviet Union is not only on the list, but contracted for with my publisher, the fine folks at Fonthill Media). If contracted, the British lend-lease book should extend my life for another year or so. So you have that on your conscience now, PC. Best Regards, Jason
  4. Well, they're neither in proper Soviet markings, but this might still be amusing. Hmmm, now this gives me an idea about a book regarding the Hurricane in Soviet service... Regards, Jason (not at all obsessed with all things Soviet aviation-related)
  5. Learstang

    Single seat Il-2 just been raised from Russian lake

    It is indeed, Zac. I don't know much about the earlier single-seater, but I believe it may be being restored by the same outfit (Wings of Victory Foundation) that restored the straight-winged two-seater which was pulled from a Murmansk lake in much the same condition as this aeroplane. I do know that at one time an original single-seater (the 'single-seater' at Victory Park in Moscow is a modern conversion of a two-seater) was being restored in Saint Petersburg. However, this organisation (Wings of Victory) is based in Novosibirsk, in Siberia. I 'misspoke' earlier - the single-seater I referred to being recovered from the Murmansk lake was the two-seater that was restored to flying condition. Regards, Jason
  6. Nice photographs of those shot-up Il-2s! There's no doubt that the Shturmovik could take a real beating and still fly back to base (or close enough). In doing research for my Lavochkin fighter book, I read an account of a fighter pilot seeing a lone Il-2 flying along. Coming up to the Il-2, he saw that there was a huge hole in one of the wings. He radioed the Il-2 pilot asking him if he needed an escort, and commented on how beautiful the landscape looked as seen through the large hole in the wing of his Shturmovik. The Il-2 pilot, not being in the best of moods, cursed him out, and the Lavochkin pilot laughed and left him to limp home alone. Za Rodinu! Regards, Jason
  7. Duly noted, and I suspected as much. Thankfully, I remain childless (to the best of my knowledge), a condition I don't see changing any time soon. By the time I'm truly elderly enough to need assistance, I expect to have my fully-functional Salma Hayek-lookalike android (as she looked in From Dusk Till Dawn, really the main [only?] reason to watch the movie is to see her in it) seeing to my various needs. Well, a man can dream, can't he? Regards, Jason
  8. Unfortunately, I can't blame my mishap on children, or an over-balanced photograph of Iosif Stalin. My 'incident' with the HB Il-2 was just the result of sheer clumsiness on my part, of which I seem to have an inordinate supply of. I did once give an 'unbreakable' Yak-9 to my twin nephews to play with, of which they promptly broke off one of the tail planes. That was the end of Uncle Jason giving them his models to play with. They have been well-trained by now not to touch my models. Regards, Jason
  9. Not that it will ease your pain, PC, but mere moments after I finished photographing my extensively detailed (with a completely-detailed engine) Hobby Boss Il-2 single-seater for an article I had written for SAMI*, It nosedived off my make-shift photo booth (otherwise known as my bed) onto the floor, and I'm still repairing it. As if that weren't enough (it was), when I was using an air freshener to mask the smell of refined petroleum products (paints and gloss coats) in my 'paint room', it turned out that the small droplets of the air freshener and the dull coat on my already damaged HB Il-2 did not get along. At all. Now I'm left with a model with lots of milky dots all over it. The joy! I do however have a clever plan; I will simply overcoat the top with white, to represent a winter-camouflaged example - simples! Maybe I'll even get 'round to it some day. Regards, Jason P.S. I am surprised about the unprovoked attack on your Il-2 by the Vozhd; by all accounts he was rather fond of the aircraft. * - Scale Aviation Modeller International
  10. Thank you for the encouragement, PC, but your Il-2 does look splendid! I will do well to have one approaching it in appearance. To an Il-2 'fanatic' like me, it is gratifying to see such a well-done model of an early single-seater. It's definitely not something you see everyday (unless you're me, obsessively looking at his half-built early single-seater). You should really try the Tamiya kit of the arrow; it goes together a bit more easily than this one (although seemingly as with every Il-2 kit I've ever built, that wretched wing-fuselage joint is still a little tricky), and the late-war 'arrows' had some interesting quick-identification markings, apart from the bog-standard patriotic slogans. There are a couple of colourful examples in my book. Best Regards, Jason
  11. It was a type of crop duster, but the crops it was 'dusting' were German soldiers. Beautiful job on the Eel-Dvah, PC! Roger Newsome mentioned that he would be happy if his turns out half as well; I rather suspect that mine WILL turn out half as well. Thank you for the kind words regarding my humble book; I do hope it was of some help. I've been looking at the book as I ponder what to do next on my unbuilt, semi-built, and nearly-built Il-2s; there's quite a bit of helpful information in that book - who knew?! Best Regards, Jason
  12. In English, it should be 'Shturmovik'. The confusion about whether to use 'S' or 'Sh' comes about from the fact that in some Slavic languages that use the Latin alphabet, such as Czech and Polish, only the 'S' is used, with a mark over the 'S' to indicate the 'Sh' sound. The Cyrillic letter used in Russian is the 'Sha', so it should always be 'Shturmovik' in English. Language lesson over... Best Regards, Jason
  13. Indeed. It's the 'Too-Dvah' in Russian. Another Soviet aircraft I wrote a little book about. Regards, Jason
  14. Very nice indeed! I do like that camouflage - quite unusual. I have this kit also, and although I do agree with the comments regarding it, I still think it's a nice, simple kit to build and to my old eyes at least, she looks the part. Regards, Jason