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Polikarpov I-3 - part I : introduction

June 5 2011 at 3:17 PM

William De Coster  (Login eazyprinz)
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Greetings all

I have always had a deep fascination for interwar aircraft types, usually biplanes

So while I was finishing the Beaufighter, I was looking forward to my next build - and with a 1/72 GB now, I had many options

Maybe the Vildebeest...

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Too complicated

I was looking for a quick build - as I still have some other projects to finish as well

Stuart was building his I-4, and I thought it would be smart of me to do an I-3

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To be honest I hadn't heard of this type when I found it in a bargain box at a model show earlier this year

I had a QUICK peek at the contents : a lot of decals, some PE and seemingly several engine options

Only 6 euro, so I bought it

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Back home I discovered the PE, decals and engine options belonged to another kit (Hitkit Breguet 19, I think)

One of the voices in my head : ... I should have known, a Polikarpov and French operational markings ?

But, all parts for the Polikarpov where accounted for

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However, the decals were stuck to the plastic bag

Let's worry about them later

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Kits with three clear parts are not basic

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One single sprue - easy !

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Close up of the wing struts - maybe not that delicate, but sturdy

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Gentle wing rib detail - no sanding down required - love it !

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One colour option, so we won't loose five nights of sleep thinking about which one

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Some information on the history of the type - in Polish - no time wasted on reading this

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All in all, it looked like a decent kit for a quick project, not too much detail, not too basic = perfect !

Let's start with the interior

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The seat is rather heavy (looks more like a couch)

And some parts look quite familiar - from Stuarts I-4 build

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Only 1 alignment pin - in the middle of the vertical stabilizer

I removed it, giving me more alignment freedom

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Control column is too high...

Seat (couch) was too low...

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Much better

Note I also had to sand away a small part of the instrument panel

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And I had a weird feeling I had to scratch at least something

If I hadn't done this I would have felt very sick... I think

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One evening of painting

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Next evening some weathering to tone down the colours... maybe my interior was too bright

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Glue interior in place

Add some painted Tamiya tape seatbelts

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Close fuselage

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So far I moved along very nicely

I become more involved with the type

I still didn't know anything about it, and I went googling for information... NEVER DO THIS IN A QUICK BUILD !!!

I found this sad.gif :

Picture and model : Eugeny Knupfer
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And to make things worse : a build report on ARC - highlighting several inaccuracies in this model kit... and showing how to solve them...



The ASM beast in me woke up...






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William De Coster / Belgium be.png / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

- Group Build Airfix Kits - Bristol Beaufighter Mk.II : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI - Part VII (incl Flanders Modelling Festival 2011 show report) - Part VIII (incl Patherscup 2011 show report Pt.2) - Part IX (incl Beskyd Model Kit 2011 show report Pt.2) - Part X - Part XI - Part XII /The End new.gif
- Plastic Pics Vami Models - Me P. Schwalbe : Part I (incl Pantherscup 2011 show report Pt.1) - Part II (incl Beskyd Model Kit 2011 show report Pt.1) new.gif

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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