Though very few today know about this Soviet workhorse of WW II and it sadly remains 'The Forgotten Soviet Bomber', the Ilyushin Il-4 was one of the great bombers on the Eastern Front. Over 5000 were built and it remained the primary long range bomber of the Red forces throughout the war, used by both the Air Force as well as the Navy. It was the first Soviet aircraft to bomb Berlin, flew 222,000 sorties and sank over 50 German ships. The Il-4 was appreciated by its crews for its
tenacity, reliability and ability to withstand damage and still make it home. It deserves to be remembered as the tough and capable bomber it was - as Sergei Ilyushin put it in 1943 " In order to fly on a dark night 1500 km into enemy territory, you need to strongly believe in the reliability of the aircraft and motor." The Il-4 lived up to that belief.
The Il-4 kit from Master Modell unfortunately didn't.
I built the kit to represent an airplane of the Black Sea Fleet, stationed in the Odessa region and operating in an anti-shipping role. It is carrying a Type 45-36 torpedo and a single external fuel tank. Interiors, exteriors and engines have been detailed with some scratch-building, and paints are mainly Revell and Vallejo acrylics. I've tried to weather it to represent a wartime workhorse operating from less than ideal airstrips and flying in a maritime environment.
Photos and text © by Bob TheDoc