1/144 Trumpeter Iljuschin Il-76TD

Gallery Article by Björn Leichsenring on Jan 8 2015



Iljuschin Il-76TD Silk Way Airline

The model provides a transport aircraft of the Azerbaijani cargo airline Silk Way Airlines.  The company was founded in 2001 and has its main airport in Baku. 


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The kit is from Trumpeter and was easy to build. There were problems at the wing roots and the cargo doors, refused to fit right. The engines are also not correctly reproduced. As a replacement I used the resin parts of Brazmodel. From the same manufacturer and of the tail cone has been incorporated, showing the civilian version without rear guns. In addition etchparts of Extratech were used. This has parts for the landing gear, antennas, landing lights, boarding ladder, windscreen wipers and jet inside. The latter are not necessary when using the Resin place. 

The decals are from TwoSixDecals. Among the many number variants I decided for the 4K - AZ31, because they can be used without further modifications to the model. Otherwise, the lower bulbous bow should have been flattened.

Björn Leichsenring

Photos and text © by Björn Leichsenring