Mr.747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5674 times:
ive seen couple of il-62 models in past...they were from a old german model company in 1/100 scale....thought they were not tht good models compaired to todays standards but some tlc would do good job to bring them in picture...i have same company's tu-144 1/100 prototype model tht i working on buildin know days....i like em though
keep looking through old hobby shops and collection sellers and off course ebay
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5673 times:
I build 1/144 scale commercial airliner models, and have been after the elusive TU154 for awhile. However, I prefer injection-moulded kits, so I haven't tried the 1/144 Welsh TU154. I've heard it's an excellent kit, very accurately shaped, with only the fuselage done in vacuuform. The wings, engines and stabiliser are injection-moulded. It includes white metal landing gear and engine details and has decals for both Aeroflot and Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. The Welsh TU154 is an M series with the larger centre intake and larger pod-mounted engines with clamshell thrust reversers.
The 1/200 ANTK/Tupolev TU154 is a B series, with no landing gear, only a stand, and from what kit reviews have posted, has terrible decals. It makes up into a nice model, to hear it told, but if you want landing gear, you'd have to pirate them from a smaller scale 777 kit (I believe one was assembled using Airfix 1/350 777 landing gear).
Lastly, the 1/100 scale VEB/Plastikart TU154 is hard to find. I've built their TU134, and it makes a pretty decent kit, though it is of an early model TU134. I've heard the same of the TU154 - it is an A model. The VEB TU144 is horrid and completely inaccurate; I have one and am not even interested in building it up. The only IL62 I've ever seen is also by VEB/Plastikart, again in 1/100. It builds up into a decent model like the TU134, but it is, again, an early model with a shorter fuselage, nose probe and the smaller Lyulka powerplants used on the prototype.
Look for other 1/144 Russian airliner models from Welsh, and possibly Minicraft, in the near future.