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Hello all, I’ve decided to have a go at another large Russian aircraft as that is my passion and thought I’d post it as a work in progress.

The Il-38 has undergone an upgrade which added the new sensor array (BERKUT) atop the fuselage, new avionics and all topped off with a new colour scheme. The overall colour seems to be Aubergine/French blue/ USN WW2 dark blue cross, don’t know how that’s going to pan out. The photo shows the aircraft I will try to model.

The Amodel kit comes with the fuselage and main wings moulded in glass fibre, the rest in (short run) plastic. A few weeks ago I bought the new Begemot decal sheet that includes the Russian wording seen on the tail and the big yellow numbers for the front. I also have the Begemot sheet that has the modern 2 tone stars I will need as the ones in the kit are the old style ones. I still have to source a flag and will have to make the name in red myself. Where needed, smaller parts will be replaced with etch parts.

So, off we go.

 

 

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The inspiration 

 

 

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The box of many parts. 

 

First job was to cut the unwanted glass fibre from the fuselage front where the cockpit will go, clean up the bomb bays and drill out the windows using my Dremel tool. I had a bit of trouble with the forward windows in that the glass fibre splintered making a jagged hole. To get round this I stuck the kit plastic windows in the jagged holes and filled around them with Milliput. The whole lot was then sanded down, finishing with fine grade micro mesh to make the windows transparent again. 

 

 

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Front end and bomb bays cut and cleaned.

 

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While waiting for the Milliput to dry around the windows I assembled the bomb bays. As usual with these kits the plastic parts need cleaning up with a scalpel blade and glass paper to ensure a good fit. These subassemblies are boxes that fit into the slots in the bottom of the fuselage shown above.

 

 

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Cockpit next I think.

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Hmmmm... I’m not seeing your pics. That’s a shame, because this sounds quite interesting. 

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I hadn't realised how far forward the main undercarriage is - it's insane! I actually winced when I saw how much of the aircraft was aft of the wheels!!

 

AMonster kits are fascinating to me (the Hughes H-4 is a dream build for me) and I'm excited to follow along with your build.

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9 hours ago, k5054nz said:

I hadn't realised how far forward the main undercarriage is - it's insane! I actually winced when I saw how much of the aircraft was aft of the wheels!!

 

AMonster kits are fascinating to me (the Hughes H-4 is a dream build for me) and I'm excited to follow along with your build

Hello Zac

Yes, how the thing doesn't sit on its rear end is a bit of a mystery 🤔. I think I'm going to have to raid the local church roof in order to get enough lead to stop the model from becoming a tail sitter. have you got the Hughes in your stash?

 

10 hours ago, billn53 said:

Hmmmm... I’m not seeing your pics. That’s a shame, because this sounds quite interesting.

Hi, not sure why that is,  I've re posted them, see if that makes a difference.

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3 minutes ago, Pete in a shed said:

Hmmmm... I’m not seeing your pics. That’s a shame, because this sounds quite interesting.

 

Hi, not sure why that is,  I've re posted them, see if that makes a difference.

Thank you, looking good now. 

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The Il-38 is based on the Il-18 airliner - with the wings moved forward 3m (9ft) for CG reasons - because of all the mission equipment fitted.

 

I built mine 17 (!) years ago..... :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/modl_il-38.html

 

I fitted a lot of weight into the forward fuselage (a spark plug and a heavy bolt).....

 

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....but I still had to fit a tail prop support (as on the real thing)....

 

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One major problem I found is that the canopy sill on the fuselage moulding is not parallel to the ground.... (either that or the wings aren't fitted correctly?)

 

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... I had to add plastic card to the lower (stbd) side and sand down the highr (port) side to make the canopy fit correctly...

 

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Check yours out before proceeding much further.

 

Great progress so far BTW - yours is looking great.

 

Ken

 

PS _ I have just realised looking at your pics - mine didn't come with weapons bay interiors - just the doors - the interiors must have been add in later kits (?)

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Wow ! Gonna be following your build, @Pete in a shed, always interested in big Russians !

 

Just checked my decals stash and i reckon I can supply the blue and white flags, if these are the ones you mean.

 

Good luck with the build.

Rog

 

Yep, found 'em. PM me if you can't find them locally.

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Nice build. I’d add weights to the engine nacelles and the wing leading edges too. I had to do this in my TA154 to prevent it tail sitting. 

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1 hour ago, Flankerman said:

PS _ I have just realised looking at your pics - mine didn't come with weapons bay interiors - just the doors - the interiors must have been add in later kits (?)

Hello Ken, thanks for the heads up on the cockpit alignment, Ill check it out. Your finished May looks the business.

 I seem to remember I had the same problem with the IL-20 but not so pronounced. here's the link if you would like to see the finished article.

 

This kit of the Il-38 has the interior of the bomb bays and a torpedo with loading trolley plus a rack of sonar buoys.( doesn't show were they go though) I think all this must have been added at the same time as the Berkut structure.

Pete

 

 

1 hour ago, roginoz said:

Just checked my decals stash and i reckon I can supply the blue and white flags, if these are the ones you mean

That's exceptionally kind of you Rog, I'll let you know if I may. Ill have a root through my stash as well but I don't recall seeing any.

Pete

 

1 hour ago, Marklo said:

Nice build. I’d add weights to the engine nacelles and the wing leading edges too. I had to do this in my TA154 to prevent it tail sitting.

Good advice, thanks.

Pete

 

 

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17 hours ago, Pete in a shed said:

 

Hello Zac

have you got the Hughes in your stash?

No, that's step one of the dream!

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A little bit more done.  The fuselage and wings have tiny imperfections on their surfaces from the manufacturing process. These were removed with a sharp scalpel and then the surfaces were rubbed down with micro mesh until I couldn't feel any more lumps and bumps. I then had a test fit of the bomb bays and wings to see if any more material had to be removed.

 

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fitting and smoothing.

 

 

 

 

 

I then set about the cockpit.  Because there will be a considerable amount of filling and sanding to do when the major parts are joined together the U/C is being left off till later. So the first thing to do was cut out a segment of the bay side wall locating holes so the leg will be able to slot in later. (parts 39 and 40). The frontend was then assembled minus leg and doors.

 

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Some plastic had to be removed from the edges of the floors and sidewalls to make it fit into the hole in the fuselage. Also at this point I found the cabin was too narrow and left a step on each side when located on the fuselage. I added small shims to make it wider when fitted.

You wont see much of the interior detail when it is fitted but I didn't like the void behind the cabin, so I made a structure from plastic card and paper that would fill it.

 

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shims                                                                                                                                 the hole to blank off

 

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  The blanking structure from plastic card and paper. The front top seam has been opened up again to allow for the shim springing the structure apart when fitted.

 

As per Kens advice, the front end and canopy were offered up to the fuselage to ensure there wasn't an angle issue like the one he encountered. Luckily all seemed ok so the front was superglued in place. The paper structure on the inside was gently pushed to abut the insides of the fuselage and a dab of superglue added to hold it in place.

 

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  Thankfully no angle issues                                                                                       Front glued on. The sides are flush. The sprung apart nose will be filled with plastic card.

 

There is a small overhang at the front bottom of the canopy to cabin joint which will have to be filled when the canopy is glued on.

 

The kit provides a torpedo and loading trolley, so while I had a spare moment I put the trolley together.

 

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Nearly ready to complete the fuselage, just the crew access hatch and tunnel plus the rudder to do. Not forgetting to put a lot of lead in it before its all sealed up! 

Then the filling begins.:mellow:

 

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Just a bit further on. The engine parts were assembled and superglued to the wing, again without the U/C units. These will all be added after the main parts are together and the filled areas sanded down. 

The ailerons and wing tips have also been added, Where the rear engine cowlings extend beyond the trailing edge there was a large joint to be filled. I used plastic card cut to conform to the required shape rather than using filler, this saves too much detail from being sanded away. 

 

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