Published on
October 25, 2021
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$24.75
Product / Stock #
48-053
Base Kit
Zvesda, Accurate Miniatures, Tamiya

The Il-2 Sturmovik is THE iconic Russian aircraft for me.  It wasn’t fast.  It wasn’t maneuverable, but it was a deadly ground attack aircraft.  It could take a lot of punishment and was produced on larger numbers than any other aircraft in history.  So you know it had to have some colorful markings.  Well thanks to Foxbot we have some examples to add to our collections.

Packaged in a standard ziplock baggie, the decals and instructions are protected from moisture.  The instructions are printed on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of high-quality paper folded in half.   This provides strength to protect the decals from bending. They are printed in full color and feature EIGHT aircraft, two single seaters, three modified single seaters with the gunner in the exposed back, and three of the later model with the enclosed rear gun position.  So, there is something here for every modeler.

The decals are beautifully printed by Decograph.  The are in register and are very thin.  They are printed with flat inks.  I can not find any flaws with them.  They are printed on 4.5 x 6 decal paper and separated as expected.  There are plenty of red stars and the individual markings are unique.  I think my favorite one is the whitewashed single seater with a slogan on both sides.  It is so typical Russian.

With the release of the new Zvezda single seater, and the Accurate Miniatures and Tamiya Sturmoviks already on the market, finding willing canvases for these decals is easy.  The hard part will be to decide which one to build.  This is another great sheet from this Ukrainian company. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Foxbot and IPMS/USA for the review sample.  In the US, you can obtain yours though Kitlinx.  Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

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