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PH Model 1/72nd Resin Su-2 M-88B Conversion for the ICM Su-2 M-88 Kit

By Matt Bittner

There were three main versions of the Sukhoi Su-2 "Shturmovik". The version the ICM 1/72nd kit makes out of the box is the M-88. The other two main versions are the M-82 and the M-88B (the focus of this conversion). All designations refer to the engine type; in other words the M-88 engine, the M-88B engine and the M-82 engine. All external differences between these three rested primarily in the engine, cowl, spinner and oil cooler intake. There was also another difference that appeared on the M-88B machine. The earlier M-88B had the the TSS-1 gun mount and this conversion allows the option of adding the TSS-1 by including a separate resin turtledeck (if you want to mount the canopies open) and also includes the different turtledeck on the vac canopies.

I have included images of the original ICM Su-2 M-88 next to an ICM Su-2 with the PH Model M-88B conversion. The resin is extremely well cast and I could only find one air bubble in the pour block - which is meant to be removed - attached to the cowl. The only complaint I can make about this set is the cowl is a little thick and will need to be thinned from the inside by using a Dremel. I've already done this and it took me fifteen minutes - a very short time. Highly recommended.

We have been made aware of two shops carrying the PH Model line. The first is Hobbyshop.cz out of The Czech Republic, and the other is Tmi KUIVALAINEN from Finland.