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Ikarus IK-2
Yugoslavia's Indigenous Pre-War Fighter
 

CMR, 1/72 scale

 

S u m m a r y

Item No. 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.
Scale 1/72
Price: from 21.27 (available online from Hannants)
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Highly detailed inside and out, optional wing and spatted or open wheels.
Disadvantages: Not for the beginner.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for experienced modellers.

 

Reviewed by Glen Porter


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FirstLook

 

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 Croatians.

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 case.

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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