Antonov An-12BK-PPS Cub C
S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||280 parts in injection moulded
styrene; four decal options.
USD$39.97 from Squadron.com
||Thin and crisply printed decals; Nice mouldings
||Very little reference material
Reviewed by Mick Evans
scale An-12BK-PPS Cub C is available online from Squadron.com
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
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.
Squadron.com for the review
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