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Italeri 1/48 IL 2

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Italeri 1/48 IL 2
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 1:28 AM

I have hd this Itleri 1/48 IL 2 kit for some time and with the lockdown moe joe going well for once decided to build it.

I was quite heppy looking at the kit, knowing that it is a rebox of the Acurte Minitures mold expected great things from it.

 

The detail on this kit is really very good, fine scribed and some raised detail.

The cockpit is nicely detiled, quite "busy" for  WW2 aircrft, the instructions call for RLM 02 as a  base color. I did some pre shading to try give the look of "depth" to the floor and side walls. The seatbelts are masking tape with wire buckles.

 IMG_20200427_064653 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

Then one needs to carefully guise this onto the joined fuselge halves.

 IMG_20200427_083502 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

The IP is very cool as it is a clear piece with decals as the back nd then the front is painted. I used PVA glue as a mask for the dail faces. 

 IMG_20200427_083654 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

This is the part where the eagerness to build this kit started to bleed off. One needs to glue the wing top and bottom sections together and then onto the fuselage. I dry fit tested this onlt to see that this would lead to an ugly wingroot fit that would be hrd to fill and rescribe. I glued the wing top sections to the fuselge pulling them up to meet the wingseat.

 IMG_20200427_084549 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Then the bottom section of the wings go on nd I found that they dont line up either, There is a nasty step between the inner and outer wing sections. This sits right on the joint where the wheel well fairing needs to go and I think it would be difficult to fill and sand.

 IMG_20200427_085608 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

So I installed a spreader onto the bottom "flat" wing section to raise it to the level of the inner wing pannel. 

 IMG_20200427_085608 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20200427_091450 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 Untitled by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

Knowing that I would have to sand this seam and scribe it again, and that it was basically under stress from being pushed into place I went with stretched spure and cement to fill the seam to be structural.

 Itleri 1/48 IL 2 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

Strangely the orhte side din not have this problem

 Itleri 1/48 IL 2 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

Now the cowling is where the fun really started, this is built and then glued to the fuselage/wing front.

It had to be wrangled into place and glued in small sections to even remotely line up.

 IMG_20200427_083531 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

In my view this cowl is overly complex

 IMG_20200427_083549 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

There is also a marked step between the wing and fuselage joints at the rear that will need adressing.

 IMG_20200427_155014 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 2:08 AM

Love that pit. I'll have to remember that instrument trick with the pva glue. I'll be following...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2016
  • From: Somewhere in Ohio...
Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:10 AM

Looking great, Theuns! I was just going to do the same kit as a WIP. Now I don't have to and wouldn't have done it the same "justice" as you. Thanks for saving me the public humiliation. I will following the build also.

 Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

  • Member since
    April 2010
Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:14 AM

No please do  thread on your build, there is no such thing as humiliation with a build, we all learn from each other and that is where the fun in this hobby comes in.

The cockpit is out the box, I just made up the seatbelts from stuff I had at home and with a few air brushing tricks gave it a little "depth, really nothing special.

I didnt have any build time yesterday but hope to get some work done today on the wheel wells

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    April 2010
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:18 AM

I completed the filing of PITA model and ecided to experiment with light spots and shading to h\give a faed look to the paint. I think it came out wel an am no waiting for the future to cure so I can decal.

 

 IMG_20200518_095044 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20200518_100817 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20200518_144459 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:04 PM

Looking good!  

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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