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ANT-5 (I-4, I-4z)
Soviet all-metal biplane

 

Zvezda, 1/72 scale
 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Zvezda 7271 Ant-5
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 73 injection moulded parts in medium grey plastic on two sprues, decals for one aircraft only and 2 double sided A5 multi lingual instructions with history, 6 build drawings and colour\marking diagrams but no parts plan.
Price: USD$5.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nice rib detail on wings, reasonable amount of detail and parts for three versions.
Disadvantages: Moulding a bit heavy, instructions a bit vague.
Recommendation: Recommended with reservations.


Reviewed by
Glen Porter


Zvezda's 1/72 scale ANT-5 is available online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

The ANT-5 was a Russian fighter biplane in the late twenties, early thirties. It was their first all metal fighter and saw service in the Spanish civil war. It was also built in three different models although the instructions are a little vague on this.

Zvezda often produce kits from other makers but I believe this is one of their own mouldings. The plastic is cleanly moulded with only a tiny amount of flash and some nice corrugated finish on the fuselage and rib detail on the flying surfaces but some of the finer parts are a bit over scale and the interior parts are some-what crude. Alternative parts are supplied for the other Mks, ( I-4 and I-4z), such as prop and spinner, lower wing, fin/rudder and armaments although you will have to study the instructions and box art to work out which is which.

 

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The decals consist of six red stars, two white number twos and a crude instrument decal and again you will have to study things to work out what goes where.

If you really must have this aircraft in your collection then this is probably the best you will get. With some extra detailing and scratch building, it can be made into a nice model.

Recommended for those who MUST have one.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 07 September, 2005
Last updated 06 September, 2005

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