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Beriev R-1 Jet flying boat - 1/72 scale resin kit from ABM

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This new resin kit from ABM represents the sole prototype of the Beriev R-1 jet-powered flying boat.


Beautifully cast in flawless cream coloured resin, this is resin casting at its best.


It is a comprehensive kit - excellently packaged - with fantastic service - 7 days from order to delivery (over the Christmas period).


The box art depicts the R-1 flying over (presumably?) Beriev's base at Taganrog....




The comprehensive instructions are on two A3 sheets folded into a four-page A4 'booklet'....




Note that the colour references are generic - Green, Leather, Steel Grey etc - with the whole airframe in 'Ghost Grey'.




The parts are superby cast in a cream coloured resin with no hint of air bubbles or casting flaws....




The wing is one piece incorporating the main engine nacelles......




The intakes and jet exhausts are separate - with a nice representation of the Klimov VK-1 (RR Nene) turbojet to go inside the intake....




The decal sheet is by Begemot, so quality is assurered - two copies are included......




Note the decals for the instrument panels - an alternative film negative is also included for items 1 & 2.


The canopy and clear parts are vacformed - with two copies being supplied in case of accidents.


A few more photos are here.


This really is a quality kit - reflected in the price - but IMHO it is worth every penny.


I'll be starting it soon....







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I'll follow this one, I quite like the lines of the aircraft. It is indeed a very well cast resin kit, I bought a resin model recently that even though its new, looks very much like an Aero choccy bar!!



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Although I do not do Russian stuff anymore, I will watch this with interest as I am a sucker for interesting kits and I know you will do a brilliant job. 

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