North Korea is once again a hot topic – the parasitic state that is a disgrace to the world and an indictment of the selfishness of both the Chinese and Soviet governments. At least relations appear to have been pulled back from the brink recently – perhaps Kim Jong Un is scared of Trump’s unpredictability. One idiotic madman recognises another! Anyway the DPRK is also a hot topic in 1:400 and has given the much under-used IL-62 mould a mini rebirth.
See my IL-62 mould review for more information on the type in 1:400 scale.
With recent releases there have now been 4 different IL-62s in the colours of Air Koryo produced or announced. The first was a 2008 Gemini Jets release on the static geared version of the IL-62 mould in the then standard Air Koryo colours with the straight –edged North Korean flag on the tail. To be honest Gemini rather made a mess of this release around the cockpit windows where the shape of the black anti-glare and cheatline are plain wrong.
Next came a 2015 version of the slightly modernised Air Koryo scheme, with wavy tail flag, on the rolling gears version of the mould. This is a much improved model and Gemini resolved the issues around the cockpit to produce a fine model.
Last month Gemini announced a 3rd IL-62. This time it will be P-885 wearing the much simplified Air Koryo scheme she wore at the North Korean Wonsan Air Show on 24 September 2016.
I assume the primary market for these DPRK IL-62s is once again China, given the closeness of North Korea and the close relations between China and its buffer state ally. Either way it’s good to see the Classic out of mothballs in 1:400.
I'm Richard Stretton: a fan of 1/400 scale model aircraft and airports. This blog reports work on my model airport dioramas and discussion of the model manufacturers output.