The JC Wings / Gemini Jets Ilyushin IL-86 mould is superb, basically a perfect representation of the type. Unfortunately the mould's usage has been very limited with as of now only 9 models made using it (4 Geminis and 5 JC Wings) plus the upcoming China Xinjiang white tail version from Yu ModeLs.
With just over 100 production aircraft and almost no usage outside the CIS states livery possibilities are a little limited but there are still some really good models to be made for large airlines. Plus thanks to the nature of Russian aviation in the 2000s there are quite a few decent hybrids too.
âHere's a look through the remaining possibilities:
The standard Soviet flag and Russian flag liveries have both been released already by Gemini but nobody has made the grey tailed version of the Russian flag scheme:
Some aircraft were also operated by Aeroflot Don:
AJT (Asian Joint Transport) was a decent sized airline in the 90s that flew at least 6 IL-86s alongside Tu-154s until 2002.
Pulkovo / Rossia
Pulkovo was a major Russian airlines before it was merged into Rossia, which nonetheless kept some of the IL-86s in Pulkovo colours into the late 2000s.
Sibir / Vnukovo
Sibir flew about 8 IL-86s in the 90s and acquired 7 more with its takeover of Vnukovo Airlines. They flew in a variety of schemes:
East Line / Russian Sky / Atlant Soyuz
East Line leased 6 IL-86s at various points in the late 90s/early 2000s but was renamed Russian Sky in 2004.
Atlant Soyuz flew 11 IL-86s in its history. JC Wings made the hybrid with the Russian Sky tail above but not the original
Kras Air was a major airline in the early 2000s and flew 7 IL-86s including the example that had been flown by Transeuropean in basic Transeuropean colours.
VASO was a charter airline connected to the Voronezh factory where the Il-86 was built and operated the type in the 2000s until around 2007/2008.
The Turkish charter airline Greenair leased a single Il-86 from Soviet-era Aeroflot.
âFor myself the top 10 IL-86s above that I'd like to see are:
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