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Antonov An-12BK-PPS Cub C

 

 

Roden 1/72

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: RD0046
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 280 parts in injection moulded styrene; four decal options.
Price: USD$39.97 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Thin and crisply printed decals; Nice mouldings
Disadvantages: Very little reference material and photographs
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Mick Evans


Roden's 1/72 scale An-12BK-PPS Cub C  is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

This new kit from Roden is a follow on from this companyís transport version of the An 12BK Cub.

The An-12BK-PPS Cub C is the electronic countermeasures version first built in 1970 and saw action in the Yom Kippur Arab/Israeli war. The aircraft was flown in Syrian markings but had a Soviet crew. The Cub C was one aircraft in the Soviet inventory that very little was known about by NATO. Its service was very limited and was kept shrouded in secrecy. Four aircraft were delivered to India, the only country outside the iron curtain to receive the Cub C.

The kit is based on Rodenís earlier AN-12BK transport version but with 3 new sprues of parts added for the countermeasures gear. The earlier review on Hyperscale by Jennings Heilig is applicable to the main parts and I will focus on the additional parts.

Two duplicate sprues are provided that include the 4 fuselage mounted ECM pods, cooling intakes, exhausts, and antenna. The other sprue contains the under fuselage bathtub housings and the enlarged tail cone housing in lieu of the B29 style rear gun turret. All of the parts to build the transport version are included but can be consigned to the spares box. The parts have very little flash and are crisply moulded.

Markings are supplied for 2 Soviet aircraft finished in overall compass grey. The 2 aircraft are red 14 of the Russian Air Force was stationed at Levashovo airfield in 2001, and red 90 of the Soviet Air Force based in the Baikal District in the late 1970s.

The decals look thin and well printed. The sheet includes a nice rendition of the instrument panel and an anti glare panel. This kit should fill a gap in any modellers Soviet collection and will look good posed beside an EW fitted C130.

Highly Recommended.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.


Model, Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Mick Evans
Page Created 28 February, 2004
Last updated 28 February, 2004

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