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Il-62M 1980 Official Olympic Carrier


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When Zvezda has revealed their plans to release Il-62M in 2013 the value of RusAir resin kit started to diminish. Therefore I got the box from my loft and decided to join this group build before this kit is completely of of season

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The kit consists of a dozen finely casted high quality resin parts - no sign of bubbles and very little flash

There are several decal options, I've chosen "Aeroflot - Official Olympic Carrier" of Moscow 1980 Olympic Games.

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Four massive engines make the model quite a tail sitter

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First operation complete - closed the fuselage halves. Applied some Mr. Resin Surfacer to reveal seam problems

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There is no Zvezda kit yet - only a declaration of intentions. When it is out I'm expecting the same quality and atten

tion to the details as with Tu-134 and Tu-154.

Said that I can tell you in advance the areas where Zvezda will be ahead of RusAir - transparent cabin and cockpit windows, better detailed landing gear, antennae (that simply are not provided in RusAir kit), possibly better engine exhaust, and, of course, affordability - being a resin kit RusAir is relatively expensive.

What Zvezda will not be able to achieve due to technology limitations - razor sharp trailing edges. Traditionally I expect crappy decals - RusAir's are printed by Begemot

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There is no Zvezda kit yet - only a declaration of intentions.

ok then....I wonder how it will compare to the intended Zvezda kit :)

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looking very smart - re the nose weight; the real one had an extending tail support when parked on the ramp.

Are you including this?

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I will be doing the aircraft in parked position with engine plugs (red ones) inserted into intakes and exhausts. This means tail support is in fully extended position - wheels on the ground. I nevertheless prefer to add nose weight - tail strut should be quite thin, I don't want to put it to much stress

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  • 3 weeks later...

Slowly moving forward (well, I must confess this is my background project)

Three more colours applied - we are ready for decaling

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Wheelware is a disappointment - crudely mastered and badly casted. This is where Zvezda would easily outclass RusAir

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Most decals are in place

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I'm not quite happy with how windows came out - there is a strange approach when the cheatline is just a blue-white stripe with separate white outline and black window "bodies", i.e. there are three layer of decal. There are also a couple of nicks that I will either paint or hide with spare decals.

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