This is basically
a simple kit containing only 12 parts. Decals were pretty lacking with only the red stars and black numerals to go with. I did my research and came across this particular single seat early variant with markings of one flown in 1942 by Pilot Chuvikov of 606 ShAP, 214 ShAD. I like the slogan on the fuselage which meant “For Otradnov”, a fellow pilot from the same
Decals were custom made that included the aiming lines on the nose. I used Tamiya and Mr Hobby basic acrylic colors to mix to get the closest shade for the colour scheme and airbrushed them handsfree without masking and only touch up with fine brush to get the feather edge effect.
As this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union under the code name “Operation Barbarossa”, I decided to create a diorama to commemorate the event. I paired this built with a Zvezda Ju-87 I built last year with bore markings in the Eastern Front campaign for the diorama. I then went in search for 1/144 scale ground vehicles to complement the diorama built. Unfortunately, choices were limited as I could only get a F-Toy Russian T34/85 Tank and a German Sd.Kfz.7 half track vehicle from the local shop. Perhaps a Panzer would have been a better choice. I repainted both kits with my mix of colours and custom made the decal for the T34 for a 1942 variant.
S K Loh
Photos and text © by S K Loh