Monday, 27 May 2013
1/100 Tamiya IL-28 Beagle - Part 1
Bit of a tangent here, but this was one of those spur of the moment purchases as it was just £3 at my local model shop. I enjoyed making this 1/144 aircraft I have done so much I thought I might like to have a go at some more, and I do like twin engined attack aircraft. This Beagle is a lovely looking plane, I suppose it was the Soviet answer to the Canberra (?), and even at 1/100 it is quite a big kit.
It comes with a choice of about four different national schemes including, a pleasant surprise, a Finnish one! Aircraft finishes are mainly polished metal, but the Chinese air force example does give you the choice of a nice green and blue scheme (as on the box).
I unboxed the model today and you can see from my rather shoddy photo above that there aren't that many parts (and certainly no variant options). But still that's all good as I don't feel like doing anything complicated at the moment.
Edit: Managed to find a illustration of the Finnish example that is included in this kit. It's a target-towing aircraft from the Finnish Transport Squadron based at Utti in 1967. Not very glamorous I suppose, but a necessary job...
Wings Palette web site, "Finnish Air Force 1918-1968", Aircam Aviation
Series No.2, (c) Osprey Publishing Limited, England. SBN 85045-012-8.