|Kit:||mostly scratch-built, 1/72 (see description below); completed in 1997|
|Aircraft:||"3", 3rd prototype, May 1942; this was the first Russian rocket-powered fighter, and first flew under its own power on May 15, 1942.|
I mostly scratch-built this model, but took some parts from an obscure Russian kit that was highly inaccurate and - in my opinion - unbuildable as such. I described this project in an article that was published in the IPMS/USA Journal vol 11 no 3 March/April 1999, p.49 (PDF file). My article was a response to an earlier article in the same publication that I felt mischaracterized the kit.
This model took 2nd place at the IPMS/USA Nationals in 1999 in Orlando, FL, in the category "Scratch-built aircraft, 1/72nd scale or smaller". It also took 2nd places at PatCon 97 (in Lowell, MA), category "Vacuforms and major conversions - all scales" and at BayCon 97 (South Attleboro, MA), category "Single-engined jets".
Scale plans I prepared for the project (sligthly edited in 2019) - PDF document