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Hello all, I’ve decided to have a go at another large Russian aircraft as that is my passion and thought I’d post it as a work in progress. The Il-38 has undergone an upgrade which added the new sensor array (BERKUT) (NOVELLA) atop the fuselage, new avionics and all topped off with a new colour scheme. The overall colour seems to be Aubergine/French blue/ USN WW2 dark blue cross, don’t know how that’s going to pan out. The photo shows the aircraft I will try to model. The Amodel kit comes with the fuselage and main wings moulded in glass fibre, the rest in (short run) plastic. A few weeks ago I bought the new Begemot decal sheet that includes the Russian wording seen on the tail and the big yellow numbers for the front. I also have the Begemot sheet that has the modern 2 tone stars I will need as the ones in the kit are the old style ones. I still have to source a flag and will have to make the name in red myself. Where needed, smaller parts will be replaced with etch parts. So, off we go. The inspiration The box of many parts. First job was to cut the unwanted glass fibre from the fuselage front where the cockpit will go, clean up the bomb bays and drill out the windows using my Dremel tool. I had a bit of trouble with the forward windows in that the glass fibre splintered making a jagged hole. To get round this I stuck the kit plastic windows in the jagged holes and filled around them with Milliput. The whole lot was then sanded down, finishing with fine grade micro mesh to make the windows transparent again. Front end and bomb bays cut and cleaned. Windows filled and sanded. While waiting for the Milliput to dry around the windows I assembled the bomb bays. As usual with these kits the plastic parts need cleaning up with a scalpel blade and glass paper to ensure a good fit. These subassemblies are boxes that fit into the slots in the bottom of the fuselage shown above. Cockpit next I think.