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Academy Aircraft 1/48 IL2 Stormovik Single-Seater Early Fighter w/Skis Kit

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Academy Aircraft 1/48 IL2 Stormovik Single-Seater Early Fighter w/Skis Kit

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The Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik, like the T-34 tank, was one of the pivotal weapons in the Soviet arsenal during World War II that blunted the advances of the Wehrmacht and subsequently pushed them all the way back to Berlin. The prototype was designed as a two-place all-metal attack aircraft, but it would enter production as a single seat aircraft with wooden wings and tail section. While the aircraft was able to press attacks into enemy columns, its lack of maneuverability and rear gunner made it easy prey for the Luftwaffe air defenders.

Engineering changes to the aircraft had to wait in those early days of the Great Patriotic War as engineering and productions facilities were moved east outside of the reach of German bombers and ground forces. When changes did start to trickle into the production line, the rear gunner position was restored to the aircraft, but accommodations for the gunner were minimalistic and combat losses of gunners were significantly higher than those of pilots or aircraft. Nevertheless, the two-seat aircraft also saw more armor plate, all-metal structures, and a more powerful engine.
  • Reproduced Stormovik ski version (Single Seater)
  • RS-82 Rocket and 250Kgs Bomb armament included
  • Plastic injection parts by Accurate Miniatures
  • Impressively realistic cockpit, instrument panel, and skis
  • 124 pieces
  • "Cartograf" premium quality decal included

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