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Bangseat

1:72 Tupolev SB2 M100 (ICM)

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Morning all,

 

I'm going to call it a day with this one. A fun build of a sincere and well meant kit! Definitely recommended for all aficionados of early Soviet bombers, assuming Tamiya isn't about to tool an SB. The kit has lovely detail, but slightly iffy fit in parts, particularly the transparencies, which aren't the most transparent either. But it seems to be an accurate rendition of Russia's Blenheim, right down to the incredibly spindly landing gear (I wondered if the real ones wobbled when you sneezed on them..?) I also had good fun on the weathering, acting on the assumption the VVS didn't regularly clean their bombers. Here is my finished model:

 

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...and thanks to all who followed on my first rather sporadic WiP:

 

 

Now to clean up the bench and on to the next adventure in styrene!

 

All best

 

Harry

 

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Beautiful bomber! I believe there is one that survives in a museum somewhere

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25 minutes ago, Adam Poultney said:

Beautiful bomber! I believe there is one that survives in a museum somewhere

Thanks Adam! Yes, just one at Monino, resurrected from a Siberian bog in the 80s i think..

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49 minutes ago, Bangseat said:

Thanks Adam! Yes, just one at Monino, resurrected from a Siberian bog in the 80s i think..

Would love to go see it one day. Makes you wonder just how many aircraft from the eastern front are out there waiting to be discovered

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И я хочу такого СБ! And I have to get this SB!

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Fantastic 

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Superb job on this early VVS workhorse!

The crappy transparencies may be an accurate representation of the real deal. Early on Soviet industry had a difficult time making good quality (acetate) canopies. They would yellow quite badly with age/exposure, often having optical distortions and fragile - generating stress cracks quite easily. It was sorted out in the end (switching to acrylate?) but perhaps ICM is trying to simulate this? ;)

Za Rodina!

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On 11/10/2019 at 22:51, Gazontipede said:

Superb job on this early VVS workhorse!

The crappy transparencies may be an accurate representation of the real deal. Early on Soviet industry had a difficult time making good quality (acetate) canopies. They would yellow quite badly with age/exposure, often having optical distortions and fragile - generating stress cracks quite easily. It was sorted out in the end (switching to acrylate?) but perhaps ICM is trying to simulate this? ;)

Za Rodina!

Interesting theory! 😉 One thing I would say to any SB modeller is that the gunners canopy wasnt flush in real life, it was slightly proud of the fuselage skin, which is *amply* represented in this kit...

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