THE BUCHER BU 131D JUNGMANN IS ANOTHER LARGE SCALE kit of an aircraft dating from the mid-1930s. It would sit nicely next to the recently-released Polikarpov I-16 to the same scale.
SMN report: Manufactured by ICM Holdings of the Ukraine, the Bucher Bu 131 looks to be an interesting kit. The original first flew in 1934, and was used for nearly four decades - the last in-service aircraft served with the Spanish Air Force up to 1968.
The ICM kit has markings for Lilli-Marlene and is packed with detail. There is a choice of four markings, supplied as decals.
The ICM computer image (below) reveals the four-cylinder engine supplied in the kit. Precise mouldings will allow a realistic looking miniature, perhaps suggesting the prospect of an in-hangar maintenance diorama.
We're looking forward to building one of these, and are hoping that ICM has made precise alignment of the upper and lower wings (below) simple and straightforward.
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