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 U-2/Po-2 WWII Soviet Multi-Purpose Aircraft (72244) 1:72 ICM


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 U-2/Po-2 WWII Soviet Multi-Purpose Aircraft (72244)

1:72 ICM

 

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The Polikarpov Po-2 or U-2 in the training role, was a standard training bi-plane developed to replace the U-1 which was a copy of the Avro 504. The prototype first flew in 1928. The aircraft would also later find roles in crop dusting, light attack, reconnaissance, liaison and even psychological warfare, The Russian forces used the aircraft very successfully in the night bomber role where the Germans nicknamed it the Sewing Machine due to the note from its engine. The aircraft would also go on to fire some of the first shots in the Korean War. American forces would nickname the aircraft "Bedcheck Charlie" due to its nocturnal raids. Due to its low radar signature the aircraft was very hard to detect by allied forces in Korea. In what was fast becoming the Jet age the Po-2 was credited with a kill on an F-94 when it stalled trying to shoot down the Po-2, and a USMC would score the Skyraiders only Air-2-Air victory against a Po-2.  It is estimated that upto 30,000 aircraft were built and it was in production longer than any other soviet era aircraft. The Albanian Air Force only retired the type in 1985!

 

 

The Kit

This is not to be confused with ICM's previous boxing of the aircraft, this is a new tool kit from them. The kit arrives on a single main sprue and this boxing has an additional sprue for the under wing & over wing pods. The moulding is first class as you would expect from ICM, the fabric effects are very good and should look quite realistic under a coat of paint. There is another boxing of this kit from ICM for the night bomber, however this can not be built directly from this box as the sprue with the bombs and rear machine gun is not included here.

 

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Construction starts in the fairly basic cockpits. Instrument panels are built up and installed into the fuselage as well a some flight controls. The fuselage is then closed up and the front added on to mount the engine. Once this is finished work can start on the wings.  For the lower wing holes are opened up then the seats and their frames can be installed in the centre section which also forms the cockpit floor. one on this can then be added to the main fuselage. Next up the engine is made up and installed on the front of the fuselage. The tail planes and the rudder are then added.  Underneath the main wing now the undercarriage is built up (or skis as needed) and adde  The struts are then added and the upper wing can be added.  A basic rigging diagram is provided to rig the bi-plane. 

 

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Markings

There are four decal options included in the box.  From the box you can build one of the following:

 

  • U-2 Summer 1943, Black/Green over blue camo. (Fitted with over wing pods)
  • U-2 Winter 1942 overall white. (Fitted with under wing pods)
  • Po-2 339th Independant liason air regiment, 3rd Russian Front, Feb 1945  (Green/Black/.Tan/Brown over blue scheme)
  • U-2 Summer 1941 Green over blue camo.

 

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Decals are printed by ICM, with good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas.

 

Conclusion

It is good to see an important historical aircraft like this kitted, and its good to see the ICM kit on release again. The inclusion of a figure set makes for a ready made airfield diorama. 

 

Very highly recommended.

 

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