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Beriev MBR-2 M-17 scratch conversion of Avis/Eastern Express kit (1/72)

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Hi,

Beriev MBR-2 was one of the most numberous small flying boat of WW2 and the basic such machine in Soviet Union.  This type apeared in 1930. initially with open canopies and M-17 engine, later (as MBR-2 bis) with pilot cockpit closed, a closed turret, added flaps and redesigned tail as well as M 34 engine

The Avis/Eastern Express kit of Beriev MBR-2 bis looks in box very promising. However after careful look and comparison with drawing and photos some flaws became obvious. Among them the most important are too deep and unrealistic parts of wings and tail covered by fabric and too sophisticated shape of hull.  Building earlier variant  with M 17 requires introduction of all changies between those two variants.

So, constructing this model I did following main changies:

1. change of shape of bottom of hull

2. filling up deep holes between ribs (i used Tamiya resin putty to avoid future deformation of wings) and reconstruct all ribs on wing and tailplane and remove flaps.

3. reforming rear part of fuselage and fin 

4. Build new engine cover.

5. Replaement of 2 blade metal prop by 4 blades wood one

6,Removing of cockpit fairings 

7. Additional detailing of MGs and 200 kg depth charges

 

 

Model presents VV-183 captured by Finns on 31 July 1941. Machine was renovated and started service on 23 July 1942 but on 8th September the same year the plane made emergency landing near Norrksar  due to engine failure and later sunk while in tow... (reference: Martime Aircraft by K.Keskinen, K.Stenman, K.Niska, 1995, p. 89 ). Since she was in use for about one and half month I did not do  serious weathering or a lot of exploitation signs.

 

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Thi is first of mine planned series of WWII Berievs. I am building now also MBR-2 bis, Be-2 (KOR-1) and Be-4 (KOR-2) the two last in flying boats and floatplanes GB II. The MBR-2s I started prior launching of GB.

 

Comments welcome

Regards

Jerzy-Wojtek

 

 

 

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Great work JW.

I knew nothing of these Beriev float planes and because of you, I've a Be-4 on its way to me, the Be-2 is a bit harder to find at the moment.

Carry on with the good work.

 

Stuart

 

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13 hours ago, Vinnie said:

A very nice Beriev, JW. Look forward to seeing more.👍

Vinnie, thank you,  I'll do my best ;)

12 hours ago, Courageous said:

Great work JW.

I knew nothing of these Beriev float planes and because of you, I've a Be-4 on its way to me, the Be-2 is a bit harder to find at the moment.

Carry on with the good work.

 

Stuart

 

 

Thank you, Stuart. If we are talking about 1/72 scale kits the wheeled (non-float) variant should be more easy to get, the model was easily available a year ago...

 

Cheers

J-W

 

 

 

 

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