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Polikarpov TIS(MA)


VALOM, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 72003 Polikarpov TIS(MA)
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 45 parts in short-run injected plastic; 5 resin parts; 1 etched brass photo-etched fret and instrument film; decals for 1 prototype; 4 x A4 sheets with history, nstructions, colour guide and parts plan; vacformed canopy.
Price: USD$24.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Cleanly moulded; plenty of detail
Disadvantages: Somewhat obscure prototype; short run technology
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by
Glen Porter

VALOM's 1/72 scale Po TIS(MA) is available online from Squadron.com



VALOM from the Czech Republic is a new name to me. One of the many companies sprouting from Eastern Europe, they use short run technology and produce very good models of the more unusual kind, mainly Russian but some Allied, but all aircraft that the major manufacturers would not touch with a 12 metre pole. I love 'em!

The Polikarpov TIS was only produced in prototype form as after Polikarpov himself died, his team was disbanded and so the project remained incomplete.

VALOM's 1/72 scale Po TIS, being a short-run model, has no locating aids for parts (fuselage halves, wings etc), so care will be required in alignment and assembly, making it appropriate for more experienced modellers.


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The level of detail is good enough that an interesting model could be built straight from the box, which is a good thing as I do not think that there will be much around in the way of after-market accessories or references!

Resin and photo-etched parts look good. Decals comprise white-bordered red stars only.



There is nothing in this kit to trouble the experienced prototype modeller. VALOM's 1/72 scale Polikarpov TIS is definitely recommended. Indeed, if your are into 1/72 scale Soviet aircraft, or prototypes, or both, this is the kit for you! I am looking forward to seeing VALOM's next release - a 1/72 scale Blackburn Firebrand.


Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 26 July, 2004
Last updated 26 July, 2004

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