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Il-40 in Afghanistan FINISHED!
« on: April 16, 2011, 04:16:01 pm »
The Il-40 two seat ground attack aircraft went into service with the VVS in 1956. The plane was cancelled in 1955 (shortly after production started) when a doctrine change in the VVS turned the focus from ground attack and support to nuclear deterrence.
The cancellation was a brief one; after studying the difficulties providing effective ground support encountered by the UN in Korea and the French in Indochina the Il-40 was put back into production.

The Il-40 soldiered on through the decades, seeing some improvements - the RD-9 engines was replaced with the more powerful RD-11 (similar to the one used in the Mig-21) external hard points (in addition to the existing bomb bays) were added and better electronics and avionics were installed, including a targeting TV camera.

The Il-40 performed well in Afghanistan; most well known for causing a diplomatic crisis between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in 1980. An Il-40 attacked a Mujahedin convoy in the Helmand province, killing several Saudi nationals. Among the dead was the son of a rich, prominent and well connected Saudi construction mogul who claimed that his son, Osama, was in Afghanistan on a purely humanitarian mission to help build schools and waterworks.

Well, that's the backstory, anyway.

Here's the 1/72 Amodel Il-40:



I couldn't wait to get my hands on this kit. Like most Amodel kits, it needs some careful consideration and dry fitting before plunging into the construction.
Since this kit also comes in the not-as-cool-looking Il40 Early variant, the fuselage is divided into six parts, with two for the nose.
The multi-part fuselage looked like a disaster in the making. There are no locating pins or tabs or any other form of positive connection between the nose and the rest of the plane - just a butt joint. This is a big and heavy model in 1/72 - it's easily as big as the RoG Arado 555 (all I have to compare it to). So I decided to fit the upper and lower front to the upper and lower rear fuselage halves:



There's still a gap, but it's minor. More importantly, the upper and lower parts fit well, with no major gaps except for a big gap at the tail - easily fixed by clamping when it all gets glued.

There's plenty of room in the nose to add weight. I also added the splitter and engine fronts. The engine fronts need some trimming to fit well, but they do provide another support surface.



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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 04:50:42 pm »

The Il-40 performed well in Afghanistan; most well known for causing a diplomatic crisis between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in 1980. An Il-40 attacked a Mujahedin convoy in the Helmand province, killing several Saudi nationals. Among the dead was the son of a rich, prominent and well connected Saudi construction mogul who claimed that his son, Osama, was in Afghanistan on a purely humanitarian mission to help build schools and waterworks.


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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011, 05:24:24 pm »
What a strange plane....is it real??
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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011, 07:39:57 pm »
What a strange plane....is it real??

It certainly was.

You doing it in Soviet or Afghan markings (my vote would be the latter)?

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2011, 03:28:19 am »
Very interested in this as the model is in my to do pile - the one on the floor by my modelling desk - so it is imminent.

Thinking of doing mine as Hungarian

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 07:28:56 am »
 I've been thinking about this bird for years-a little surprised its as big as it is, but there you are. Looking forward to seeing the build.

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2011, 07:43:04 am »
That is cooler looking than a Frogfoot :thumbsup: Build on brother :mellow:
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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2011, 06:14:14 pm »
 Maybe it's a combination of dryfitting and expecting the worst while hoping for the best, but this sucker is moving along faster than I expected. I've completed the most difficult of the major sub assemblies. For an Amodel kit, this one isn't too bad. The large sprue attachment points, flash and generally poor fit that you'd expect in an Amodel kit are there - just not as bad as in most of their kits.

Here's the nose and center fuselage glued together. The seams along the nose are nowhere as bad as they look like in this picture.



The engine end though... is pure Amodel. The exhaust cones have no positive attachment points and fell back. Not a problem - I'll knock them into the fuselage and use something else. There's a bit of a warp to the lower fuselage in this section, so I glued the end with superglue, then worked my way forward with Weld-on and Tamiya extra thin cement, clamping the parts together until a melted bead formed at the joint. I superglued the very front as well. Keeping the panel lines lined up (here and in the cockpit fuselage section) kept me on my toes.

I tried to minimize the steps along the length of the lower fuselage section. This left a big step in the engine end, which I've sanded away. Some of these gaps in the exhaust are going to be annoying to remove:



This really is a big plane. Next to the Arado E.555:



Note the two Preiser figures hanging out. Here's a closeup:



The wings have very thick trailing edges. I'll fix them by either gluing a thin strip of plastic and sanding back, or just sanding a sharper edge.

Here are the tools of the trade that'll hang from the Il-40:



Greg, this one will be Soviet, with Su-25-like camo.

I noticed that the other version of this kit (the Il-40 "Early") could be converted to the Il-102 without too much trouble.

Next up is a cockpit and putting all the sub assemblies together. Then I'll start the puttying.

Thanks for all the comments!

Frank


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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2011, 06:06:50 am »
Very Nifty :wub: Can't wait for the loadout :thumbsup:
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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2011, 07:54:23 am »
Something you dont see everyday  :thumbsup:
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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2011, 09:38:50 am »
 Heh. I thought I was the only weirdo using two types of glue on a build. ;D  Nice to see that weapon set, too-I've been mining mine for bits n' bombs for sf scratch-builds for years. Actually using it on a soviet aircraft, though, thats a new one ;D

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2011, 06:53:00 pm »
Wow, the Arado is a LOT smaller than I thought.  Thanks for the comparison.

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2011, 07:10:05 pm »
Quote from: Doc Yo
Heh. I thought I was the only weirdo using two types of glue on a build. Nice to see that weapon set, too-I've been mining mine for bits n' bombs for sf scratch-builds for years. Actually using it on a soviet aircraft, though, thats a new one

I don't like CA glues in general; for this build, you almost have to use both types of glues.

I've had that DML weapon set forever and have been slowly using it up. This is only the second Soviet aircraft to use the parts, though. Apparently it's long OOP.


Wow, the Arado is a LOT smaller than I thought.  Thanks for the comparison.

It looks tiny compared to the Il-40, but I think it's a pretty big model. It's smaller than most 1/32 aircraft and some 1/48.

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2011, 07:49:27 pm »
This looks interesting frank2056  :thumbsup:
Good luck.
Looking forward to the end product!!

P.S. I love your Arado E.555 :wub:

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Re: Il-40 in Afghanistan
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2011, 02:40:05 am »
Hello
I never see this jet before !
First , I think that it don't really exist !
I wait to see the end of your project .
And now , I want to have this kit  :lol:
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