Czech Master Resin's
by Mark Davies
Master Resin's 1/72 scale Ikarus IK-2 is available online from Squadron.com
The Ikarus IK-2 was an indigenous
Yugoslavian design started as a private venture in 1932 by Ljuboir Ilić
and Kosta Sivčev. The aircraft was ordered in 1934 from the Ikarus AD at
Novi Sad and designated IK-L1. Interestingly, the “IK” was derived from
Ljuboir Ilić’s surname and Kosta Sivčev’s first name, with the “L” in L1
standing for Lovački, which means fighter.
The prototype first flew on April 22nd, 1935. This aircraft was soon
lost to an accident, and the second prototype was designated IK-02, and
flew in on August 24th, 1936. An initial batch of 12 fighters was
ordered and delivered in early 1939. They went on to see service with
the Royal Yugoslav Air Force (RYAF), and subsequently some captured
examples were used by the Croatian Air Force into 1942.
The IK-2’s development was quite protracted, and it was very much a
transitional design between previous biplanes and more modern types. It
was followed by the much more modern IK-Z which was designed by the
IK-2’s original designers and Slobodan Zrnić (the source of the “Z” in
IK-Z), and was built by Rogožarski. The similarity of the Cyrillic “Z”
and Arabic “3” led to the aircraft being commonly known as the IK-3.
This aircraft as it happens has also been kitted by Czech Master Resin (CMR).
CMR has produced a delightful and thoughtfully engineered kit of the
IK-2. It includes a choice of very slightly different wings and wheel
spats to cover the pre-production aircraft, with a second wing and un-spatted
wheels for subsequent production aircraft. Other options include a
choice of two prop spinners, and resin or photo-etched (PE) instrument
panel (the latter with photographic film for the instrument dials). The
PE fret also has seatbelts and rudder pedals with straps. There is a
very comprehensive decal sheet covering numerous natural metal & doped
fabric or camouflaged RYAF aircraft, plus a choice of Croatian AF
versions used in the mid-war period.
The kit is very crisply moulded with almost wafer-thin attachments to
the casting blocks. The cockpit interior provides ample detail for the
scale, and the rest of the kit fits together with minimal fuss.
very sensible approach has been adopted to provide a straightforward way
to assemble the rather complex looking wing and undercarriage struts.
The main legs and their immediately associated struts are cast as one
piece; in so doing the critical angles are ensured for the subsequent
strut attachments are assured with careful assembly. The last strut to
be fitted is designed to be trimmed to take into account any slight
variations in assembly.
I encountered a couple of pin holes on
the leading edge of the wing that were easily dealt with (I have yet to
see a resin kit with none!), and a minimal amount of filler was used on
a couple of joints.
The canopy was one of the easiest vac-form
examples I have encountered, being cut out and trimmed entirely with
small side-cutters, and leaving no need to use the second one provided.
The model took five or so evenings to
build and was sprayed free-hand with Model Master Enamels which sped
things up a bit. The decals were superb in all respects and needed no
setting or solvent solutions.
I enjoyed this build of an unusual but
attractive 1930’s fighter. Considering the small number produced it had
quite prolonged usage given the nature of the four years of war service
it saw. As such it should appeal to those who either like small air
force subjects, rare planes, or those who just 1930’s transitional
designs appealing as I do.
The quality of this kit’s design is such
that it would be a good first resin choice for anyone who would be
confident to build similar style aircraft in styrene kit form.
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