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De Agostini Russian Aircraft DARA16
Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik Display Model
Soviet Air Force, USSR

1:120 Scale   Length   Width
Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik   3.75"   4.75"

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!"

Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik

Designed as an armored ground attack aircraft for the Soviet Union, the Ilyushin Il-2 first flew on December 20, 1939. Armed with 37mm guns and nicknamed "The Flying Tank," the Il-2 was a deadly-accurate dive bomber and tank killer. Considered the most decisive aircraft in the history of Soviet land warfare, Stalin once said that the Il-2 was "as essential to the Red Army as air and bread." The Il-2 and its successor, the Il-10, can also claim the title of the most-produced military aircraft in history—between 1939 and 1946 a total of 42,330 aircraft of the design were manufactured.

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De Agostini Russian Aircraft

The De Agostini "Russian Aircraft" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of Soviet and Russian military aircraft. To help keep the price down, these items arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

De Agostini diecast airplanes feature:

  • Molded plastic construction (some releases include diecast metal components).
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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