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Il-2 Sturmovik Soviet Air Force, USSR 

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De Agostini 1:120 RA16
Il-2 Sturmovik Soviet Air Force, USSR
Scale:
1:120
Length:
3.75"
Width:
4.75"
Composition:
Plastic
SKU:
DAG-RA16


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Historical:

Our worldwide searches have turned up another hot new collection of pre-assembled models for you, this one from comrades in Russia! Made of die cast metal with plastic detail parts, these Legendary Soviet aircraft cover everything from pre-WWII biplanes to late-20th century, Mach 2+ birds from Sukhoi and Mikoyan. The collection features:
  • Designed with a "fit the box" type of sizing, the models' longest dimensions vary from approximately 3 1/2"-6 1/2".
  • Airplane types from the 1930s through the end of the 20th century, which provides a fascinating retrospective on our ally-turned-Cold War adversary.
  • Display stands with aircraft types labeled in authentic Russian writing (Cyrillic).
  • Blister packaging.
  • Bargain pricing!

The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was a ground-attack aircraft in the Second World War, produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers. With 36,183 examples of the Il-2 produced during the war, and in combination with its successor, the Ilyushin Il-10, a total of 42,330 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in aviation history, as well as one of the most produced piloted aircraft in history along with the American postwar civilian Cessna 172 and the Soviet Union's own Polikarpov Po-2 Kukuruznik biplane, itself sometimes seen side-by-side with the big armored Ilyushin monoplane on the front lines.

To Il-2 pilots, the aircraft was simply the diminutive "Ilyusha". To the soldiers on the ground, it was the "Hunchback", the "Flying Tank" or the "Flying Infantryman". Its postwar NATO reporting name was "Bark". The Il-2 aircraft played a crucial role on the Eastern Front. Joseph Stalin paid the Il-2 a great tribute in his own inimitable manner: when a particular production factory fell behind on its deliveries, Stalin sent an angrily-worded cable to the factory manager, stating "They are as essential to the Red Army as air and bread." "I demand more machines. This is my final warning!"

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