Modelsvit 1:72 scale kit
Modelsvit's always great box art.
First page of the instruction booklet - with a brief history of
the type and Humbrol paint matches.
Last page of the instructions - note the canopy masks.
The fullyl-detailed VK-1 engine, ejection seats and cockpit/nose
Wings, tailplanes and slipper tanks.
Cockpit parts (lower) with intake and jetpipes (upper).
Undercarriage parts - look at the detail on those doors!
Parts for the VK-1 engine.
One-piece clear canopy, canopy & wheel masks and decal
Seven parts make up the jetpipe....
... with six parts for the VK-1 centrifugal-flow jet engine -
the assembled jetpipe on the right.
This is what it looks like when completed.......
... and primed.
After mistakenly sanding off what I thought was flash, I had to
re-instate the flanges on the annular cans !!!
Parts for the cockpit and intake trunking.
Jetpipes assembled - almost seamless! Yes, there are only two
The ejection seats are exqusite mouldings - each seat is made up
from five parts.
Cockpit parts painted and decalled. Not yet fitted are the
seats, rudder pedals and control columns - it really is very
Despite my best efforts to ruin it, the VK-1 engine has turned
With a little bit more care - plus some super-detailing and a
display stand, it could be made into a model in its own right.
Nosewheel undercarriage bay and front VK-1 jet engine fitted
inside the intake sidewalls - it's a tight fit!
The air for the front engine passes either side of the front
undercarriage bay -
the air for the rear engine passes between the intake walls and
outer skin, by-passing the cockpit tub.
Top view of the assembled cockpit tub, sidewalls, undercarriage
bay and jet engine.
From front to rear - intake/cockpit assembly, upper rear cockpit
decking, front engine 'pen nib' fairing, rear engine jetpipe,
rear pen nib fairing.
The yellow tape is covering a couple of pieces of lead weight.
The two fuselage halves only just join - after a lot of
'fettling of the front assembly - scraping plastic away/sanding
Fuselage halves together, fin and nose intake ring added. A
first primer coat reveals the upper and lower fuselage joints.
Four parts to box in the main wheel wells.
Wings attached - followed by a couple of sessions of
filler/sanding/primer/sanding to eliminate all the joints.
Underside view - note the ventral jet exhaust of the front VK-1
Outer wing fence, slipper tanks, nose radome and ejection seats
The cockpit is superbly detailed - as are the ejection seats.
Next job is to attach the one-piece canopy.
Applying the self-adhesive canopy masks - they are translucent
(to aid placement?)
Nosecone and fin tip masked with Tamiya tape - and a coat of
'Aluminium' from a rattle can.
Overall painted aluminium.
Masking removed and decals applied (red stars on fin and
Without the supplied masks, that complex canopy frame would be a
That cockpit and canopy is a work of art - Modelsvit's, not
Closeup of the cockpit area.
Underside view showing the tandem engine exhausts.
Single NR-37 cannon to port
Starboard pair of 37mm NR-37 cannon
Rival night fighters - Lavochkin La-200 (left) and MiG I-320 (right)
Same Tandem VK-1 engines, same side-by-side seating, same 3 X 37mm