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  • FarlamAirframes
    Scrap Metal Man
    • Nov 2007
    • 1440

    Friday Afternoon Puzzle

    Time for a little puzzle.

    It has taken a few hours but I am pretty sure I have this one nailed on identity.

    So lets see how long it takes for you chaps to confirm or refute what I think this it is from.

    Some helpful hints.

    1. Russian Star
    2. Sold as Il2
    3. Black line around the star
    4. Unusual reinforcing structure on back.
    5. Only two stamps - 35 and 44 Inspector Numbers.
    6. All aluminium construction.


    So clock starts now.

    Bonne Chance

    Brian
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    Last edited by FarlamAirframes; 22nd March 2019, 13:11.
    Kind Regards,

    Brian
  • Ant.H
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 3048

    #2
    Thinking slightly out of the box, I'm wondering if this might be early-ish P39? I seem to remember the Russians came up with a structural-strengthening mod package for the earlier models that eventually inspired Bell to introduce similar mods on the production line.
    "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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    • FarlamAirframes
      Scrap Metal Man
      • Nov 2007
      • 1440

      #3
      Ant - I have been up and down most of the lend lease aircraft and it does not fit.

      I agree that most of the Russian aircraft were either robust construction or wood.

      It is most likely fuselage - rather than wing or tail.

      The early Il2 was a metal tail and there is a stripped back one in Beijing that shows it is not one of them.

      Working through theVVS inventory I found one that matches perfectly on the outside - rivets. strips of aluminum etc.

      There are few image of its inside but I have found two images that show this construction... An innovative structure with flared holed ribs ...


      in conclusion I think it is a Tupelov SB.





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      Brian

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      • Ant.H
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2000
        • 3048

        #4
        Great detective work, have to agree it does look a convincing match for the SB.
        "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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        • FarlamAirframes
          Scrap Metal Man
          • Nov 2007
          • 1440

          #5
          For completeness two links

          1, to some pics of the Il2 in Beijing.
          http://warbirdinformationexchange.or...hp?f=3&t=13053

          2. to the Tu ANT-40 SB at Molino.
          http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/yu...100_katyushka/

          This image also perfectly matches the rivets etc.

          http://data3.primeportal.net/hangar/...a_37_of_65.jpg
          Kind Regards,

          Brian

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          • Dev One
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Feb 2010
            • 200

            #6
            Certainly some very nice riveting, inside & out......

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