Yugoslavia's Indigenous Pre-War Fighter
CMR, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||CMK No. 157 Ikarus IK-2
|Contents and Media:
||53 beautifully cast resin parts, 2
vac-formed canopies, 7 PE parts on one fret, decals for 12 aircraft in
either Yugoslav or Croatian markings, 9 A4 sized instruction sheets with
6 build drawings and 12 paint/decal diagrams.
from £21.27 (available online from Hannants)
||Highly detailed inside and out,
optional wing and spatted or open wheels.
||Not for the beginner.
||Highly Recommended for experienced modellers.
by Glen Porter
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The Ikarus IK-2, a high gull-winged fighter, was obsolete before it
flew but is significant because it was designed and built in Yugoslavia
for their Air Force just before the Second World War broke out. Germany
overran Yugoslavia so quickly that it didn't get a chance to show much
potential and those remaining afterwards were handed over to the
Unlike some of the other CMK kits that I've reviewed lately, this one
has some PE. The cover seat belts, pedals and an instrument panel which
is also supplied in resin. The two fuselage halves have good cockpit
side-wall detail and apart from the PE, the rest of the cockpit includes
a floor, seat, joystick and optional instrument panel.
There are two optional one-piece wings with a slightly different
shape in the centre section and the rest of the resin parts are to do
with the tailplane, undercarriage, prop and other assorted lumps and
bumps. The canopy is vac-formed, of course, and there is a spare just in
The decals by MPD are very extensive, covering twelve aircraft, and have
perfect register and minimum carrier film. The first five Yugoslav
examples are in over-all silver dope with the later two having numbers
on the rear fuselage. These are followed by two camouflaged aircraft
with the last in both Yugoslav and Croat service. Finally, there are
five IK-2s in Croatian colours.
This is a very interesting kit of a not so well known aircraft and
shouldn't throw up too many problems although the combined
undercarriage/wing support struts could be a little hard to handle but
then again, any modeller experienced with resin kits should be able to
deal with it.
Highly recommended for experienced modellers.
Thanks to CMR for the review sample
CMR Models are available
online from Hannants in the UK,
NKR Models in Australia and
quality specialist model retailers worldwide.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 02 November, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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