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Review Soviet Fighter ace from AC Models

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi to all ,

    Andy Cairns the man behind AC Models has proven skill in sculpting based on his releases, his ability to get the "look" of a soldier in action and as an individual is something we see in all his work.

    I was pleased to receive a parcel from him with some review pieces inside one is the subject of this little review by your scribe.

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    As you can see its a named individual of the Soviet Air Force namely Ivan Kozhedub ( Andy has put it without the "h")

    Ivan Kozhedub was awarded three times the Hero of the Soviet Union, has a record of 62 victories. Aircraft Flown La-5, La-5FN, La-7, IL-2, the MiG-3.
    The first dogfight Kozhedub spent in the La-5 in March 1943. He had to guard the airport, but the take-off, the pilot lost sight of the second plane which was damaged by enemy, and then was still under heavy flak.

    Kozhedub barely landed the plane which had been decimated by more than 50 bullet holes...a flying sieve!!

    Not deterred he returned to the sky after studying the experience of the famous pilot Pokryshkina, who used this formulae of "Height - speed - maneuver - fire." In his first fight Kozhedub lost precious seconds to recognize aircraft attacked him, so he spent a lot of time memorizing aircraft silhouettes.

    Appointed deputy squadron commander, Kozedub took part in air battles of Kursk. In the summer of 1943, he received his first Order of the Red Banner. By February 1944 the number of aircraft downed Kozhedub exceeded thirty. The pilot was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

    It is said that Kozhedub loved his aircraft, considered them "alive".

    In May 1944, he was given a special aircraft La-5 FN.
    A Beekeeper in the Budarinsky district of Stalingrad called Vasily V. Konev who decided to give his personal savings to the Defense Fund, and asked them to build an aircraft on the behalf of his deceased nephew - fighter pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union Georgi Konev. On one of the sides of the plane wrote: "In the name of Lieutenant Colonel Konev", the second - "From Vasily V. Konev collective farmer." The beekeeper asked them to to give the aircraft to their best pilot.....



    they gave it to Kozhedub.

    In February 1945, the ace shot down a jet fighter Me-262, and the last enemy aircraft attacked in April. In total Kozedub made 330 sorties and conducted 120 air battles reaching a total of 64 confirmed kills


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    He survived the war as the leading Allied Ace with the 62 victories going onto to become an Aviation Marshal of the Soviet Union
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    Here's a few good books to have a look at:


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    Nap
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  2. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    On now to the Resin

    Details:

    Title: Soviet Fighter Ace Ivan Kozedub

    Reference: ACM 10B31

    Scale: 1/10th

    Material: Light Gray Resin

    No of Pieces; 2

    Sculptor: Andy Cairns

    Box Art: N/A

    This release has been available for a while now and was announced by Andy here on PF in 2014:

    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/ivan-kozedub-bust-1-10-july-release-acmodels.65181/


    The model is in a lightweight card box with a picture on the top ( no box art ) and consists of 2 pieces the actual torso and the radio jack . Scale is quoted as 1/10th but seems a small 1/10th when compared to others I have , but not that it matters IMO.
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    Prep

    Torso...Clean up excess resin at the rear and around the straps , fill 2 casting holes at rear , remove casting gate from the helmet flap .
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    Radio jack...remove from Former and using twisted wire attach just under helmet flap at rear.

    Andy's sculpting is for some a little rugged compared to other manufacturers , but they always have accuracy and character and I like the way he sculpts he has a natural feel for a chosen subject ...and all paint up well.

    Looking at the Torso first , our Pilot wears his uniform under his parachute harness , the uniform is high collared with nice button work at the neck down to the middle of the uniform , there are folds worked well .
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    We of course have the medals , good shapes and painting will bring these out even more

    The parachute harness is very nicely textured with great buckle work , under one we have what looks like gloves
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    On his shoulders we see the epaulette of his rank again details are nice adding a bit more interest to the bust and a flash of colour.
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    The helmet is a lovely bit of work , nicely shaped and accurate hanging loose to show the lining AC Russian Pilot 004.jpg , the ear pieces are good AC Russian Pilot 006.jpg , the goggles nicely done being held in place under straps . AC Russian Pilot 005.jpg


    At the neck we have the throat microphone being held in place by a strap around the neck , all nice details .

    The Jack itself is a small "beehive" shaped piece ( see pics below) ...looks good when fitted ...be careful of that carpet monster though.!!

    Finally some more pics of the built but unpainted piece

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    Final Thoughts

    Now I admit I like Andy's work they have a real charm about them , full of character and accurate, yes there is a roughness to them but a bit of prep and you have a great model to paint up and I assure you will get hours of fun at the bench and a nice result.

    Well worth a purchase

    For more details on this and others released go to the website

    www.acmodels.co.nz

    or pm him via this forum user name amcairns

    Thanks to Andy for the Review piece it will be appearing on my bench very soon

    And as always to you all for looking in

    Enjoy your modelling

    Nap
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  3. Andre Active Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    I have one of Andrews earlier sculpts, the DaK Panzer crewman. It was a great piece to paint so I will add this sculpt to my collection . Thank you for the review, very informative and we'll presented.

    Slainte,

    Andy
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