Flying Revenge: Ilyushin Il-2 (Early Type), Part 1 Decals

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Zvesda, Accurate Miniatures, Tamiya
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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.

Reviewer Bio

Floyd S. Werner Jr.

Building models since the age of 7, I’ve become known for my Bf-109s and helicopters. I currently run Werner’s Wings. I was previously the ‘star’ of the Master Class Model Building Video series. I’ve been published numerous times on various website, including Hyperscale and ARC. My work has been in FSM and Great Scale Modeling 2001, as well as, numerous other model magazines. I’m a published author with my Squadron/Signal Walkaround book on the Kiowa Warrior. My models have continuously won many regional and national awards. My unique model photography gives my models instant recognition for their historical perspective.

I’m a retired from the Army after 21 years of flying Cobras and Kiowa Warriors, including tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany. I’m also a retired Flight Officer for the Baltimore City Police and flew their helicopters chasing bad guys. I’m currently flying Cobras and Hueys with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Yvonne, for 42 years. Our daughters have blessed us with six grandchildren. My passions continue to be his family, friends, helicopters, models and airplanes, especially the Bf-109 and my beloved AH-1 Cobra. My motto has always been - MODELING IS FUN!

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