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  1. Hi gents, I've just finished this - the Airfix rag-wing Hurricane in the markings of one of the aircraft licence-built by ZMAJ in Yugoslavia, April 1941: This is my fourth attempt at the new-ish Airfix Hurricane, it's a lovely kit and I could still happily build more of them (and I most probably will). It's more or less OOB except for the aerial wire; I did scrape flat the ribbed panel behind the gun access covers as this was apparently metal not fabric-covered - it makes sense when you think about it and it only took a couple of minutes per wing to scrape the ribs off and scribe a new panel line in. I used the ejector-type exhausts although I did read somewhere that all the Zmaj Hurricanes had the kidney-type exhausts, I have seen photos of no.2337 where the exhaust is distinguishable they are clearly the later type. For the camouflage I used the painting guide provided by Lift Here! Decals which recommended for Humbrol 84 Ochre, 98 Chocolate Brown and 116 Dark Green for the upper surfaces, and I used Precision Paints RLM65 for the undersurfaces as Lift Here! recommended Humbrol 65 for this, but I didn't have any of this among my paints and they are supposed to represent the same colour - I think the PP version is less bright and slightly greyer but I like the way it looks anyway. As noted above the decals were from Lift Here! of Serbia and were excellent, a pleasure to use but sadly this set is quite difficult to get hold of now, I hope at some point they will re-release those items from their range which are currently out of stock as there are some interesting markings there and I know me, Mitch K and Sleeper Service on this forum at least would buy some of them! One possible point of controversy with the decals is that the upperwing Kosovo Cross is shown on the left wing in the instructions but it was possibly on the right wing - I have not been able to find a picture of 2347 which shows the upper wings so I went with the instructions. I also applied the gun-cover patches - I have seen models of Zmaj Hurricanes built without these, but have seen a photo of 2337 which appears to show some sort of patches over the gun-ports. The Hurricanes no. 2347 and 2348 were the last Hurricanes produced by Zmaj and were delivered on 11th April 1941 (when Yugoslavia was already under attack by Germany) and were to be flown from Zemun to Veliki Radinci but were caught on the ground and strafed by Bf109s - 2347 was so severely damaged that it was abandoned. I found this out of course after I had finished my model, so my (rather overdone anyway) staining from the shell-ejector chutes is not at all appropriate, but such is life As a footnote, this kit was built for a variety of coincidental reasons; Vanya66 and Mitch K have both recently produced excellent RYAF/VVKJ aircraft which inspired me to hunt down some decals to make a Zmaj-built Hurricane; I am moving up to Scotland at the weekend so the majority of my stash is packed and an Airfix Hurricane was at the top plus of a convenient size to build quickly and not have to re-pack half-finished and the decals arrived in time to complete it. I also wanted to try out the new Eduard micro-fabric seat harness set, which was quite easy to use (although it has a tendency to stick to itself if you are not careful) and looks quite effective once installed - see below: I don't know what the micro-fabric is but it reminded me of that Teflon tape you use to make compressor connections airtight (or radiator connections watertight perhaps). They are quite expensive for what they are - about half the price of the Hurricane kit for two sets of harness. Anyway apologies for the surfeit of verbiage and thanks for your attention Cheers, Stew
  2. I've just finished this; the Azur Ikarus IK-2 "VVKJ": I enjoyed building this, it is quite a simple kit, not that many parts, a bit of photo-etch but no resin parts. It went together very well and I built it more-or-less OOB though I did replace the tail struts and one of the undercarriage support struts which were provided as etched metal with micro-strip, I just thought the plastic would be easier to work with. I did my first go at rigging seeing as there was not much required, the tailplane bracing wires on the topside and the 'x'-shaped bracing wires on the main undercarriage - these were done with lycra knitting-in thread and I consider it a success. Incidentally although that undercarriage may look hideously complex it was remarkably easy to put together and quite strong once it was assembled. I used the Humbrol colours recommended by 'Lift Here!' decals which were 65 for the underside and 84/98/116 for the three-colour topside camouflage. Either I was lucky, or Humbrol enamels are getting better, I hope it was the latter. I used a couple of coats of Klear to give a glossy-ish finish as the instructions and other sources advise that the finish on the IK-2 and IK-3 camouflage was glossy. I can't say for certain that this is correct, from the limited number of pictures I have seen I am not really qualified to judge so I went along with it. The kit provides decals for most of the (I believe) 12 IK-2's produced by Ikarus, 5 in pre-war Aluminium dope and 5 in camouflage, of these camouflaged aircraft one wears the earlier national markings and the remainder the smaller wartime markings. I chose V.E.Br.2112 by the simple expedient of ruining the tiny rudder number decals for 2105, 2109 & 2110 with my big stupid fingers. No.2112 was one of the aircraft that helped resist the German invasion in April 1941 and which, along with the surviving IK-2s, IK-3s and the remaining VVKJ Bf109s, were eventually destroyed by their crews at Veliki Radici aerodrome on 12 April 1941 to prevent them falling into the hands of the Germans. The decals are by Aviprint in the Czech Republic and applied beautifully and really deserved a more skilful application than I was able to offer, but they all went on beautifully. Cheers, Stew
  3. Ikarus IK-2 VVKJ / Hrvatska 1:72 Azur FR.ROM Built on the Pulawskis gull wing configuration, the IK-L1 prototype made her maiden flight on 22 April 1935, but was soon destroyed. The second prototype IK-02 flew on 24 August, 1936. The Ikarus plant received in November 1937, an order for production of 12 aircraft and delivered them during December 1938 to March 1939. During Summer 1939, the IK-2s are incorporated into 6 th Puk in Zemun airfield (Belgrade). In October 1939 they move to 4th Puk in Borongaj airfield (Zagreb) then starting on 13 March, 1941, to Bosanski Aleksandrovac airfield (near Banja Luka, Bosnia). The Yugoslavian aircraft (VVKJ Boxing) IK-2s took part in defence and get involved in a very hard fight on the Nova Topola airfield, on 8 April, 1941. On 11 April, the last IK-2 landed at Veliki Radinci airfield where all the surviving planes, including 3 IK-3s of 6th Puk and some Me 109s, were destroyed by their crews. Nr 3, 4, 11 and 13, being serviced on 6 April during German attack on Yugoslavia, did not take part in any fighting, but were captured by German troops and subsequently transferred to the Croat Air Force. The Yugoslav aircraft were initially painted overall in aluminium, the IK-2s get 4 large 1 m diameter Kosovo crosses on the wings, Cyrillic letters were applied. Big black numbers 1 to 5 are painted on fuselage of aircrafts nr 9 to 13. In late 1940, a standard camouflage was applied. This consisted of uppers in ochre/ dark green/ dark brown, lower in light blue-grey, with usually modifications of the topside crosses: painting out of the starboard cross, and reduction of port to 70 cm . The Croatian aircraft (Hrvastska Boxing) were those transferred by the Germans. These aircraft were nr 2901 to 2904. They were taken on charge by 17th Jato and 6th Grupa, at Rajlovac airfield (Sarajevo) and employed on reconnaissance missions. Two remained in use during 1944, no IK-2 survived the war. The Croatian aircraft were painted in dark green topside and grey underside. The Croat insignias appear on wings in the four usual positions, and on both sides of the rudder. The identification number is applied on both sides of fuselage.(Information from Azur FFROM) The Kit The Kit arrives in an open end box. The parts inside are bagged. There is one main sprue of parts, the main wing, a small PE fret and a bag containing the canopies. The detail on the kit is fine, engraved detail where needed, and some raised detail. The main parts are typical short run injection plastic, there is a little flash on some of the smaller parts, but this will be easy to clean up. The parts count for this small fighter is quite low. Construction starts with the cockpit. All parts are in plastic with the exception of some PE seatbelts, and the instrument panel which is made up of a plastic/file/PE sandwich. Once the cockpit is installed the fuselage is closed up and the tail planes added. PE parts provide the struts for the tailplanes. After this the main wing and the main gear needs to be fitted and its important the three struts are fitted in the right places, as they link the wing and the gear. The prop is next and for some reason is 3 separate blades which need fitting into the hub. Finally the canopy is added; here they have provided both an injection canopy, and a vac form canopy for those who prefer them. Decals For the Croation boxing markings are supplied for four aircraft, these are identical apart from the ID number. For the Yugoslavian aircraft markings are provided for the silver aircraft, and two variations of the camo aircraft. Conclusion Once again Azur FFROM have provided us with a kit of an aircraft not generally known for which they should be proud. Its limited run and not a fall together kit, but should be welcomed by modellers who like something a little different, and those wanting to model Balkans aircraft. Review sample courtesy of
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