Ilyushin Il-102 was a last-ditch attempt by the Ilyushin OKB to design
a jet-powered successor to their famous wartime Il-2 'Shturmovik'
In 1953 they flew the twin jet Il-40 'Jet Shturmovik' and although it
never entered service, it was assigned the ASCC Reporting Name
Nothing more was heard of the
Il-40, until the first Mosaero Show, held in Moscow in 1992. Here
Ilyushin revealed to an astonished
press the decidedly anachronistic Il-102 - that had cleary been evolved
from the Il-40 as a private venture.
The sole prototype Il-102 at
Another view of the prototype
showing the rear gun turret and gunners position.
Nothing more has been heard of
this project - and in 2001, I photographed it languishing on the
The model is scratchbuilt using plasticard for the fuselage
with wings, fin and tailplane scavenged from the spares box.
I found some very useful 1:72 scale drawings that included
cross-sections, so I set about making a model of the Jet
The fuselage is essentially a
box-section with rounded corners and a tapering top.
The nosecone is made from Ureol modellers wood, carved to shape.
I made bulkheads using the cross-sections on the drawings
Here are the main components of the model. The fuselage is thick
plastic card, the engine nacelles are thick
card 'boxes' with rounded corners. Plastic tubes are added at front and
rear - all blended in with Milliput filler.
The wings are made from a 1:72 scale Airfix He-111 kit that I just
happened to have lying around.
They looked about the right plan shape and airfoil section. The wing
trailing edges are thick plastic card.
The holes in the fuselage and engine nacelle are for a tubular spar
that fits into the wing recess to provide strength.
All the components brought together - the tailplane came from the wings
of a 1:72 scale F-86 (I think).
I can't remember where I got the fin - I just combed through my spares
box until I found a suitable shape. The rudder
and dorsal fillet are plastic card.
An underside view of the model. The mainwheel fairings were
plug-moulded from a wooden master and have the wheel
wells boxed in - as is the nosewheel well. The rear turret is carved
from Ureol. Note the copious amounts
of Milliput to blend in the nacelles to the fuselage underside.
Another view of the underside showing the wheel wells and Milliput.
Just a final clean-up and it's almost ready for a coat of primer.
I haven't detailed the cockpits yet - but I have added side consoles
from square-section plastic.
Here I have added pieces of Ureol wood to the two cockpits and sanded
shape. Once removed
they served as masters to plug-mould clear canopies.
A first coat of Halfords Grey Plastic Primer and a test-fit of the
The main & nosewheels legs are fabricated from plastic rod and
sprue. The mainwheels are some resin copies from
an unknown donor kit wheel - the large nosewheel is also from an
The model proved to be a tailsitter, so here I have stuffed the intakes
Underside view of the model in grey primer.
The finished model in its strange camouflage colours. I am
totally unhappy with the finish - it was rushed to get it ready for a
I intend to strip it down and re-apply the camo scheme using better
I also need to replace the jetpipes - they are not like this on the
The intakes are blanked off to hide the lead inserts. Following its
re-paint, I will add some underwing stores.....
Just look at that awful paint finish!
Still, it looks a bit like an Il-102 doesn't it? The cockpits are
detailed with instruments from spare decal sheets and resin K-36
Head-on view of the weird looking machine.
There you have it - it is a reasonably accurate representation of an
Il-102 in 1:72 scale, let down by a rushed application of a paint
As soon as it is stripped down, modified a bit and fitted with
underwing stores, it
should look good alongside a Su-25.
The machine from which it evolved, the Il-40 Brawny, is now available
in resin from Unicraft models :-
I may just purchase one to go with my model....