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BIch (Boris Ivanovich Cheranovsky) 7, Scratchbuilt 1/72

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These are all old builds, and in retrospect should have been posted at the beginning of these series. They often represent the first, hesitant steps on scratchbuilding.

Here is another from 2007, 12 years ago (original text as posted then):


The flying parable of Boris Ivanovich Cheranovsky.
The BIch 7a is the predecessor of the BICh 14:

a twin engine transport, also a parabola wing design, being the 7 a bit smaller (could carry just two comrades).

Yes, it flew, having some trouble with the engine but otherwise pretty good in performance. Not much came out of it, though. 

If you think that this was 1932, and also considered the Russian winter, only admiration can be felt. 

A singular machine that could well have been included by Andrei Tarkovsky in “Solaris” –by the way, the original one-.






















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The amoumnt of detail that you have packed into such a tiny model is impressive to put it mildly. A superb model. I would think that if the cockpit was not heated there would have been a real risk of a crash as the pilot froze solid and lost control....



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