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IL-2 Modelling Guide: The Shturmovik in Plastic

On this page I will post updates on my book, IL-2 Modelling Guide: The Shturmovik in Plastic.  I have finished the text, but I am still fine-tuning the book.  The book will very probably be available in both physical and e-book versions, with the e-book version being published first.  Besides having reviews of all currently available Shturmovik kits, there will be walkarounds of extant IL-2's from several museums and accurate drawings and colour profiles specifically commissioned for this book.  Below is my provisional table of contents (please note that although these appear to be links, if you click on them, you will get an error message - these are not links!).  I realise that this table of contents is rather long, but then there's quite a bit of information in the book.  Stay tuned for further developments!

Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms

Preface

How to Use this Book

History of the Il-2 Shturmovik

Soviet Service

Foreign Service

Bulgaria

Czechoslovakia

Germany

Hungary

Mongolia

Poland

Yugoslavia

Civilian Service

Analogous Aeroplanes

Germany

Japan

Soviet Union

United Kingdom

United States

General Modelling Notes

Cockpit Interior

Engine

Exterior

Primers

Landing Gear

Armament

General Painting Notes

Camouflage and livery paints for Soviet aircraft June 1940 -July 1941

Camouflage paints for Soviet aircraft June 1941 – September 1943

Camouflage paints for Soviet shturmoviks, bombers and transport planes, September 1943 - 1945

Painting Misconceptions

Il-2 Single-seater Description

Painting

Insignia

Individual Markings

Il-2 Two-seater (Straight-Wing) Description

Painting

Insignia

Individual Markings

Il-2 Two-seater (Swept-Wing) Description (The Arrow)

Painting

Insignia

Individual Markings

Experimental Versions

IL-2 with ShFK-37 Cannons

IL-2 M-82

IL-2bis

IL-2 with UTK-1 Turret

IL-2I

IL-2 with NS-45 Cannon

IL-2 with 20mm B-20 Cannon

Displaying Your Model

Kit Listings (Includes All Il-2 Versions)

1/32nd

1/48th

1/50th

1/72nd

1/115th (15mm)

1/144th

1/285th

Indeterminate

Aftermarket Accessories

Cockpit Canopies

Conversion Kits

Decals

Paint Masks

Super-Detailing Sets

Paints

Literature

Resources/Links

Appendices

Appendix 1 – Walkaround of National Air and Space Museum Il-2 Arrow

Appendix 2 – Walkaround of Pima Air and Space Museum Il-2

Appendix 3 – Walkaround of Aeronautical Museum – Belgrade IL-2 Arrow

Appendix 4 – Walkaround of Repulomuzeum Szolnok (Szolnok Aviation Museum) Il-2 Arrow

Appendix 5 – Profile of Prague-Kbely IL-2 Arrow

Appendix 6 – Profile of Flying Heritage Collection Il-2 Arrow

Appendix 7 - Il-2 Instrument Panel – From 1942 Flight Manual

Appendix 8 – Cutaways

Appendix 9 – Profiles of Major Versions

Appendix 10 – Characteristics of Major Versions

General Characteristics of Single-Seater Version

General Characteristics of Straight-Winged Two-Seater Version

General Characteristics of Arrow Version

Appendix 11 – Building and Correcting the 1/32nd Scale Hobby Boss Il-2 Single-Seaters

Appendix 12 – Overview of the Tamiya 1/48th Scale Arrow

Appendix 13 – Photographs of Accurate Miniatures Single-Seater Model

Appendix 14 – Rebuilt Airfix Shturmovik

Appendix 15 – Production Figures

Appendix 16 – Computer Games Featuring the Il-2

Bibliography

Index