Trumpeter 1/72 IL-28 Beagle
Scott Van Aken
Илью́шин Ил-28 NATO
reporting name: Beagle)
is a jet bomber aircraft of the immediate postwar period that was originally
manufactured for the Soviet Air Force. It was the USSR's first such aircraft
to enter large-scale production. It was also licence-built in China as the
Total production in the USSR was 6,316 aircraft, and over 319 H-5s were
built. Only 187 examples of the HJ-5 training variant were manufactured. In
the 1990s hundreds remained in service with various air forces over 50 years
after the Il-28 first appeared. The only H-5s in service are approximately
30 aircraft which operate with the Korean People's Air Force.
turn of the century was when we first started hearing about Trumpeter
kits and so I'm thinking this one must be one of their earliest
products. This kit was bought with the wings glued together so qualified
as 'used' at the LHS. Still, it is complete and so a preview seemed in
Molding is quite good with engraved panel lines that are probably more
pronounced than one would see in other kits of the time, but not really
all that bad. Prior to this kit, we had the quite old Airfix version and
much later, Bilek kitted the aircraft. This latter kit has been seen in
a number of other boxes, including Italeri.
The kit offers a usable cockpit and bombardier's section, complete with
(as appropriate) seats, control sticks, consoles and a bombardier's seat
in the very nose. Instrument panel detail is raised. Two four
piece seats are provided with belt detail molded in place. Two crew
members are also provided.
The builder is provided with a full bomb bay and an option for one large
bomb in the middle and either two or four smaller ones on the outer
walls. All look very much like German WWII bombs. A tail turret is also
provided and is nothing really to write home about, though it does offer
a crew entry hatch that can be displayed open if one wishes.
On the engine nacelles there is an engine face to fit along with a
splitter that is trapped between two forward engine housings. On the
back there is just a cap with no tail pipe. A wheel well fits into the
two nacelle halves. I should mention that there is no nose gear well
with the nose strut simply gluing to the bottom of the bombardier's
station. Landing gear are adequate though seem rather simplified. Gear
doors are separate after one cuts them apart. Main wheels are two pieces
with nose wheels a single molding. Detail is somewhat generic on the
wheels. Tip tanks are provided for the wings should you wish to use
are nicely drawn and use Tamiya paint references. The lone markings
option is for a Chinese version in olive drab over a mixture of light
blue and grey. Decals in my kit have a rippled surface to them and since
the backing paper is white, it is difficult to make out the white
numbers, much less photograph them. Fortunately, there are aftermarket
decals that one can use. I should point out that the marking option
plane does not use the tip tanks.
I am not sure how this one stacks up against the Bilek
kit as I've not seen it, but it does appear to be an improvement over the
venerable Airfix version. One does wonder if Hornby will include a new tool
IL-28 sometime in their revamping schedule. Regardless it looks to be worth
building, especially if one can pick it up for a reasonable price.
Thanks to me
for the preview kit.
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