Tamiya’s rendition of this indispensable element of the Red Army’s air arm is a truly fine piece of design and production excellence, as is expected from Tamiya. The pre-production sample received for review was essentially flawless. Kit contents include 6 trees of crisply and delicately molded parts (5 light gray, 1 clear), 2 sheets of decals with markings for 3 aircraft, and a polycap for the propeller. The sample kit, being pre-production in this case, included draft instructions which had not yet been populated with the color chart or painting callouts throughout.
The preproduction decals were thinner than traditional Tamiya decals and were beautifully printed with crisp colors and registration, but did require careful cutting around the edges to eliminate excess carrier film. Ordnance is simple and straight-forward – a pair each of 250kg and 100kg bombs and 4 rockets complimenting the 23mm wing-mounted cannon and the 12.7mm rear gun.
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