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Trumpeter 1/144 Ilyushin IL-78M Midas 'Blue 34'

by Sebastian Lim

The IL-78 Midas (or IL-76 for that matter) has been a familiar aircraft for many years...from the days of the Soviet-Afghan war to the more recent LIMA 2001 Airshow, held at Langkawi, Malaysia. Me and my buddies headed north for the much-anticipated LIMA 2001. Upon touching down on Langkawa Int'l Airport, the first sight that caught us were the huge IL-76 Candid and IL-78 Midas.


As in most airshows in our part of the world, we've been seeing the all familiar F-15/16/18, AN-124, B-52s, etc but never the IL-76/78! It was during the flypast of the pair IL-78 and a SU-30, flown by veteran Russian test pilot Anatoly Kvotchur, that caught the crowd cheering for particular scene was the 'breaking-off' of the Su-30 from the drogue chute of the IL-78, the Midas pitched to nearly 45 and turning right!!

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 The next thing, I told myself..."I'M GONNA BUILD THIS IL-78!!' Much to my delight, when Trumpeter released it's 1/144 IL-76/78/A-50, I BOUGHT THEM ALL!


It's a relatively simple and straight forward kit to build. The instruction were easy to digest. Color instructions for Gunze were provided, which is(and still) always my personal preference. Only drawback was the exclusion of cockpit! You could see right through the canopy all the way to the back:) I added some plasticine in the nose as I suspect this kit could be 'tail-heavy'. Decals were provided for only one aircraft, 'Blue 34', incidentally the same aircraft that flew to LIMA2001.

That's all for today and thanks for looking!

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