Overview of the new Zvezda 1/144 Scale Ilyushin IL-62M Model Kit
I'd like to present to you a detailed review of the hot new Zvezda 1/144 scale Ilyushin Il-62M kit. This is the first mass-produced, injection-moulded model kit of the legendary aircraft.
Many, many years have passed, but finally a high quality, injection-moulded model of the IL-62 has been released. In the summer of 2014, Zvezda released a model of the Airbus A320 which has set a new standard in the detailing of 1/144 scale kits, and the Il-62M had to adhere to this new standard. Now, these models are categorized as the "Ultimate Kit", which provide a large number of assembly variants right "out of the box". The IL-62M can be assembled in 22 variants, although the instruction are given for only 3! And now look closer and compare the model with the prototype. Yes, with the prototype, as the level of detail of these new models of civil aviation from Zvezda are comparable with older 1/72 scale kits from Zvezda. It is definitely not a toy, vaguely reminiscent of a prototype from a distance of 1-2 meters, as it was with Krugozor or Plasticart models.
In the mid-1960s the first model of this aircraft, an IL-62 in Aeroflot markings, was released by KVZ of the GDR in 1/100 scale. In the early 1970s, the model was re-released with a Interflug decal. In 1975 the company KVZ was renamed to VEB Plasticart of the GDR and the model released again under a new brand with "Interflug" decals in 1978. In the 90-ies. this model was repackaged by adp Master Modell (item no. 1007), and in 2012 – by reifra Kunststofftechnick (art. S13000011).
In the 1960s in the Soviet Union, a model company by the name of MZMPI released an IL-62 model (terrifying in appearance) in 1/120 scale. Later it was renamed to the "Yuniy Technik", and in the 1970s became the "Krugozor". In 2006, this model was repacked by Alanger (item no. 050001) in the "STC Rossija" airline's colors. Also in 1970, a model of IL-62 in the colors of the CSA OK-Jet (Czechoslovak Airlines) was released by Smer in about 1/350 scale, which later in the 1980s was re-issued.
And in the last decade came a new model of the IL-62 by Bra.Z Models in resin, item # BZ4512, in 1/144 scale with white-metal landing gear and Cubana decals.
A multi-media kit of the IL-62M with Cubana decals was also released by Welsh Models (SL114) which consisted of vacuum-formed fuselage and wings, with resin engines, metal landing gear, etc.
Another model of the IL-62M from RusAir (144RA11) in 1/144 scale consists of 34 parts and had a decal for 3 options: Soviet and Russian Aeroflot (Registrations 86127 and 86470) and the Domodedovo Airlines (Reg. 86127).
Another version from RusAir (144RA12) consisted of 32 parts and had a decal for 2 options: Aeroflot 1970s and 1980s. Finally, in 2010, came the resin model of IL-62 from the Czech company HpH Models in scale 1/72. With decals for Aeroflot and CSA OK-Jet.
Packing and instruction
The box in the traditions of modern Zvezda models consists of an outer shell made of a soft glossy cardboard with side flaps and inner box made of rigid cardboard, protecting the contents very well.
The instructions give side-views for all the options separately, as well as the stenciling for 3 assembly options, but in fact more than 22 variants and 5 paint options can be built.
Sprues and casting
Total in the box there are 8 sprues with gray plastic parts and one sprue with clear. Total of 138 parts: 125 gray plastic and 13 clear. Moulding is quite accurate and clear. No sink marks, but I did notice plastic shrinkage in some places on a fuselage half and wing flaps.
Decal includes 5 paint options:
Il-62M Aeroflot CCCP-86483, factory number 2829637, serial 29-03.
The first flight in May 1978, she wore the inscription "Official Olympic Carrier". Since November 1992 registration RA-86483. In January 1996, stored at Sheremetyevo and in August 1996 was cut into scrap metal. In the decal this plane is presented at the end of the 70's - early 80's with the inscription "Official Olympic Carrier".
It is also possible to build a model with the option of color, but without the "Official Olympic Carrier" inscription, on the middle - the second half of the 1980s.
Photo with inscription dated June 10, 1979, and without inscriptions - February 17, 1985 Total 2 variants of color.
Il-62M Aeroflot, RA-86483, factory number 2829637, serial 29-03.
This option is the same plane as the first half of the 90s (from November 1992 to August 1996). In the decal registration number is not entirely given and it's required to cut from number RA-86570 and the USSR-86483 by removing the unnecessary parts.
Il-62M MChS (Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations), RA-86570, factory number 1356344, serial 56-04.
Founded in 1993, first flew in December 1995, brought up to flight status in 1996. From July 31, 1997 bears the name - "Mikhail Gromo". From April 2014 in storage.
Photos: 86570-1.jpg, 86570-2.jpg
One of the features of the painting of the aircraft is that until 2005 the color of the landing gear and wheels were gray, and then the wheels were painted in beige, and gears in light gray. Also, until 2005, IGV (Inlet Guide Vanes) spinners were painted as follows: 1st, 2nd and 4th engines had gray spinners and third engine - beige. Since 2005, the 2nd engine had gray spinner, and the rest were painted in beige.
Livery itself, in this decal matches the appearance of the aircraft from the beginning of the 2000s (the period from 1999 to 2003.) to present time. Total 2 variants of schemes.
Il-62MK Aeroflot CCCP-86517, factory number 3139732, serial 39-03.
First flew in July 1981. From January 1993 carried the registration number RA-86517, from June 2003 is stored at Vnukovo. In December 2003, transferred to the VIM-Avia airlines. From July 2005 to December 2006 in storage at Domodedovo, after which she was transferred to Interavia airlines. Since February 2008, was handed over to the Aviaenergo airline and was stored at Domodedovo by April 2009, and then gradually began to be disassemblde, and at the end of June 2009 was finally cut into scrap metal. This bird is available in two versions in the decals with the registration of CCCP-86517, differing in type and location of the registration number on the tail and the flag of the Soviet Union two versions on the right side of the tail.
The first option corresponds to the appearance of the aircraft as the second half of the 80s. Photos dated 1986-1988.
The second embodiment relates to the period 1981-1986 period. In the 1980s. on different planes of the Aeroflot image of hammer and sickle on the flag was changed. For example, the location of the hammer and sickle see on photo, dated November 4, 1977, the board of the CCCP-86452. This version of the painting with this type of font and the flag can be seen early and lasted until the mid-1980s.
Also because of this decal is possible to construct the third option on the mid-1980s with a broad blue band with glass cockpit, an early type of font.
Also with the use of livery and the tricolor (Russian flag) from RA-86483 paint variant you can build aircraft RA-86517 as of 1993. Total 4 different paint variants for this aircraft using decal.
Thus you can build IL-62M in 9 (nine) different paint variants using the kit decal sheet.
Decal is unusually large and does not fit in the box with the model. But this is only in the first of model kits. According to the developers, the next batch will have modified format decal with the same elements.
The decal is printed by the famous Russian company Begemot and the quality of its printing does not cause problems. All well and good, no color shift. Particularly pleased with the presence of a full technical stenciling for the model, which eliminates for many of the modelers the need to purchase this aftermarket technical stencils decals.
Fuselage and tail
Thin jointing, hatches, drains on the doors, etc. are beautifully done. The overall shape of the model is very accuate and according to the developer, it was designed based on original technical documents obtained from the manufacturer.
Wing and center section mate perfeclyt. All textured and accurate, and depict the wing profile very accurately - namely, the twist the lower surface of the wing panels. I'm particulary please with the lattice on the center section and the beak on the front edge of the wing. Air intakes of air conditioning system in the leading edge of the wing have their own channels that are given by separate parts.
Wing flaps are provided in two versions - retracted and lowered. Comparison of the wing issued with photos of real aircraft did not reveal differences in detail and accuracy. Tractions of the flaps are separate parts. This allows them to shorten or lengthen, installing wing flaps not only in the take-off position, but also in the other - boarding and other intermediate positions. Only on the lower surface of the flaps I found some small shrinkage in the plastic, but it is not a problem to fix. Besides the mechanization the inner side of the wing is also well reproduced. All grilles and fairings on the wing of the real aircraft are reflected in the model, as can be seen from the attached photos comparison. In general, all very cool.
Cab and clear parts
The clear parts are made of slightly flexible plastic, which made it possible to make the glazing thinner and sharper. In particular, it is clearly seen in the porthole with no shrinkage of the clear parts. Individual parts are provided for the portholes, light windows in the rear fuselage and landing lights. Navigation lights on the fuselage and wing fairings are molded in gray plastic. If desired, they can be easily scratch-built from the transparent parts.
The cockpit and forward section are highly detailed for a 1/144 scale kit. In all there are 5 seats with molded armrests for the crew - commander, co-pilot, navigator, radio operator and flight engineer. It is worth noting that, as on a real plane, pilots armchairs are different from the rest, steering wheels of captain and copilot also differ. There are side panels, flight engineers consoles, pilot's dashboard and separately molded steering wheels, a simple imitation of the pedals, the bulkhead of the passenger compartment, the cockpit, the door from the cockpit to the platform, imitation of the curtains in the entrance in the passenger compartment. Certainly not lacking here decals for the dashboard, but they will likely not be seen through the cabin windows. The door can be assembled in the open (retracted into the fuselage) position or closed.
Unlike earlier Zvezda models in 1/144 scale, where the blades of the IGV (inlet guide vanes) were not always similar to the original, in this model the number of moulded plastic blades of IGV corresponds exactly to the actual aircraft, and behind them, can be seen the imitation blades of the first stage compressor (CPV). Moreover, it is very convenient to make spinner of IGV as a separate part, allowing the modeler to paint this part separately and install after painting the blades. Detailing of nozzles D-30KU engines and reverse flaps for engines 1 and 4 is good. Nozzle channel is assembled from 4 parts. In general, all you can see on the photos, they speak for themselves.
The tail unit
Another feature of this model is movable horizontal tail, allows you to change the angle of the stabilizer on the assembled model. Stabilizer has small antennas on the endings, grilles on the bottom plane and the simulated elevators nodes.
Although the landing gear doors are mainly closed (at ground or after takeoff) wheel bays are made in separate parts, and therefore have a normal depth and shape of the walls. They represent the real aircraft wheel bays very well. So, if you wish to leave the gear doors fully open, the wheel bays will already be in place. A simple reproduction of the gear bay ceiling is there as well, but unfortunately Zvezda does not provide any detailing of the side walls. But this is due to technological limitations of moulding. Wheel bays moulded as whole part, instead of 5-6 separate parts. The anding gear is provided in two versions: loaded (compressed) and relaxed state. Tractions of bogies main landing gear are separate parts. Wheels and landing gears are very similar to the real ones. Tail support wheel is also given in 2 versions: the retracted and released. Overall, you can add only the wiring on the side walls of wheel bays. Everything else is excellently done.
Sources of information
As sources, was used the following resources:
and Alexei Lysenkov photos
The long-awaited mass model of IL-62M has turned out well. Beautiful detailing, highly accurate shape, and a decal with full stenciling for 9 options (described in the instructions are only 5), a large number of options for assembling the model (described in the instructions are only 3, although the model allows you to build 22 variants), movable stabilizer and wide availability. This model will continue the glorious traditions established by previous successful models of civil aircraft by Zvezda. With all small shortcomings aside, it is not necessary to compare it with the previous models of this aircraft - it will stand on it's own and surpasses them in terms of accuracy, quality of molding and the degree of detail. No modifications needed and well suited for all modellers.
No doubt, this model stands on par with the best models in 1/144 scale.
A lovers of soviet civil aviation "Must Have".