Vladimír Kafka

Polikarpov I-153 1/72 ICM

I uploaded a couple of my older models as well, for better testing of some features of this new blog. This one I built in September 2018. 

It’s a I-153 of an unknown unit based near the city of Lutsk, western Ukraine, in June 1941. There is a nice photo available, typical early Barbarossa scene, a slightly wrecked airframe with posing German soldiers.

As for the ICM kit, it’s very good but not perfect, seems a bit half-baked with some weird omissions – there are no exhausts for instance. Fortunately, almost all of these issues are fixed with one single aftermarket set by SBS. There is a resin cowling and rudder and some PE. It’s excellent stuff really taking the ICM kit to the next level.

In the cockpit, there is a seat taken from I-15bis. The original kit seat is far too narrow.

I made some minor scribing (missing lines on the fuselage-wing transition), added some little details, most importantly a new windshield cut from acetate foil.

The numbers are painted through masks cut on my plotter.

As for the camouflage, this machine is indeed two-tone, like the vast majority, if not all Chaikas – silver/grey, not mono silver!

I painted the prop hub green (instead of red or blue or whatnot). This is the only silver-grey Chaika which I know with this prop hub type. All other machines I saw were camouflaged green, therefore I assumed it was taken from one such machine.

The rigging is made with the same method as always – fishing line threaded through the upper wing.

That’s all. I am aware of some minor errors like missing aileron hinges, cowling intake shape, etc. Anyway, any criticism is welcome as always.  

One thought on “Polikarpov I-153 1/72 ICM

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    16. 3. 2020 at 4:43

    Brilliant workmanship on display ….perfectly rendered colors for an beautiful yet subtle result


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