Xuntong 1/48th scale

Tupolev Tu-2VS

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     The Xuntong 1/48th Scale Tupolev Tu-2S kit exploded onto the scene in late 2012. As far as we can see this is their first kit (at least in 1/48th scale). For a first effort it is fantastic and gives us a mainstream injection molding of a subject few of us expected to see. Of course the Chinese were using surplus Tu-2s until the early 1980s and they have at least one on display in a Chinese museum. So for them it was a logical choice. From the dedicated VVS GPW collector it is an inspired choice! Why should we have 30 different Ju-88 and no Tu-2? We hope to see more like this from Xuntong. We snapped up our Tu-2VS from Hannants in May 2013 although we had to wait as the first shipment was sold out and we were on backorder for a few weeks. Already there is a growing list of aftermarket items.

 

  • EDEX384 & EDEX380 Eduard masks

  • SAC48188 Scale Aircraft Conversions metal landing gear for Tu-2

  • QB48514 Quickboost resin Tupolev Tu-2S/Tu-T/Tu-2VS exhaust

  • Eduard 48777 Tupolev Tu-2 landing flaps

  • Eduard 48778 Tupolev Tu-2 undercarriage

  • Eduard 49632 & FE632 Tupolev Tu-2 interior (self adhesive)

  • Eduard FE640 colour Tupolev Tu-2S interior (self adhesive)

  • Eduard 49640 Tupolev Tu-2S interior (self adhesive)

  • Eduard 48781 Tupolev Tu-2 bomb bay

  • Eduard 48762 Tupolev Tu-2 exterior

  • Big Ed 4994 as a collection of Tupolev Tu-2T 1/48 (designed to be used with Xuntong Kits) This BiG-Ed set contains all these Eduard sets... ED48777 Tu-2 landing flaps ED48778 Tu-2 undercarriage ED49632 Tu-2T interior (self adhesive) ED48762 Tu-2 exterior ED48781 Tu-2 bomb bay

Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS

  • Big Ed 4993 as a collection of Tupolev Tu-2S Soviet Medium Bomber (designed to be used with Xuntong Model kits) This BiG-Ed set includes all these Eduard sets.... EDEX384 Tu-2S ED48777 Tu-2 landing flaps ED48778 Tu-2 undercarriage ED48762 Tu-2 exterior ED48781 Tu-2 bomb bay ED49640 Tu-2S interior (self adhesive)

  • Armory AW48002 Tupolev Tu-2 resin wheels set (late type) universal

  • Armory RACA4816 Tupolev Tu-2 engine naceles, superdetailing set

 

Kit Photos

Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS
There is not a millimetre to spare in the box. It is all crammed in there. Couldn't resist a picture of the back (bottom) of the box as it shows CAD drawings of the kit. A nice touch. Instructions can be downloaded in their entirety here. A glimpse of the instructions. Very clear and well laid-out but the lack of clear english instructions might leave you scratching your head.
Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS
One simple sprue contains the one, large, bomb. Nice detail if a little chunky. The other side of the bomb sprue. Lots of rockets on this sprue. Reverse of the rocket sprue.
Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS
More rockets, some rocket rails and several items unique to the Tu-2vs (includes dive-bomb airbrakes). Two identical sprue with engine items. Two identical sprues containing engine and undercariage items. Includes the torpedoes not used on this version. Rear of this sprue shows wheels and prop blades amongst numerous small items.
Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS
Reverse of that sprue. Next sprue shows the tail, guns, cockpit floor and engine pods. Reverse of that sprue. Decals are rudimentary.
Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS
Cockpit bits and pieces on this sprue. Reverse of this sprue. Transparencies - some not used. Transparencies.
Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS Xuntong 1/48th scale Tu-2VS
Wings and fuselage. Reverse. Wings, fuselage and lower outboard wing sections. The Tu-2 was not a big aircraft.
       
       

Aftermarket Extras

Xuntong 1/48th scale Tupolev Tu-2S Quickboost exhausts Xuntong 1/48th scale Tupolev Tu-2S Quickboost exhausts Xuntong 1/48th scale Tupolev Tu-2S SAC metal landing gear Eduard Mask Tu-2
Quickboost Tu-2 resin exhausts purchased May 2013. Close-up of those Quickboost exhausts. They are absolute gems. Unbelievable. However, the kit parts themselves are also gorgeous. Scale Aircraft Conversions Tu-2 landing gear in white metal purchased in May 2013. Eduard Mask for Tu-2S.
Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps
Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps Eduard 48 777 Tu-2 Landing Flaps
Eduard 48 778 Tu-2 Undercarriage Eduard 48 778 Tu-2 Undercarriage Eduard 48 778 Tu-2 Undercarriage Eduard 49 632 Tu-2 Interior
Eduard 48 778 Tu-2 Undercarriage Eduard 48 778 Tu-2 Undercarriage Eduard 48 778 Tu-2 Undercarriage Eduard 49 632 Tu-2T Interior. I had no intention of buying a set for the Tu-2T but this was launched labelled for the "Tu-2". It isn't until you get it do you realise...
Eduard 49 632 Tu-2 Interior Eduard 49 632 Tu-2 Interior Eduard 49 632 Tu-2 Interior Eduard Tu-2T Exterior 48762
Eduard 49 632 Tu-2T Interior. Shortly after I bought this Eduard released another version for the Tu-2S. Eduard 49 632 Tu-2T Interior ...so I have that on backorder too... Eduard 49 632 Tu-2T Interior Eduard Tu-2T Exterior 48762. Another case of Eduard mislabelling. This is shown as a generic "Tu-2" on the Hannants web site and on the pack.
Eduard Tu-2T Exterior 48762 Eduard Tu-2T Exterior 48762 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640
Eduard Tu-2T Exterior 48762. No doubt Eduard will release a non-Tu-2T version of this pack soon! Eduard Tu-2T Exterior 48762. Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640
  Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640
Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640 Eduard Tu-2S Interior 49640
Eduard Tu-2 Bomb Bay 48781 Eduard Tu-2 Bomb Bay 48781 Eduard Tu-2 Bomb Bay 48781 Armory AW48002 Tupolev Tu-2 resin wheels set (late type) universal
Eduard Tu-2 Bomb Bay 48781 Eduard Tu-2 Bomb Bay 48781 Eduard Tu-2 Bomb Bay 48781 Armory AW48002 Tupolev Tu-2 resin wheels set (late type) universal
Montex Mini Mask Tu-2 Xuntong Model 48367 Montex Mini Mask Tu-2 Xuntong Model 48367 Quickboost QB 48 658 Tu-2 Propellers with tool Quickboost QB 48 640 Tu-2 side windows
Montex Mini Mask Tu-2 Xuntong Model 48367 purchased July 2015 Montex Mini Mask Tu-2 Xuntong Model 48367 purchased July 2015 Quickboost QB 48 658 Tu-2 Propellers with tool purchased July 2015 Quickboost QB 48 640 Tu-2 side windows purchased July 2015
Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles
The Armory set ACA4816 resin & photoetch set for the "Tupolev Tu-2 Bat - Soviet WWII Bomber Aircraft Engine Nacelles". Part of their "WWII Workhorses" series. Made in the Ukraine. Superdetailing set for the Xuntong kits. Purchased from Hannants - August 2015. Instruction for the Armory set ACA4816. Nice and clear from 3D CAD. Looks like a lot of extra wiring is required though. Instructions for the Armory set ACA4816. All the parts that come in the box. The box is a stout one with plenty of bubble wrap around the self-seal bag that contains these items. The photoetch fret has its own bag.
Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles
Undercarriage doors for the Armory set ACA4816. Molding is quite crisp. Engine Nacelles (on of two pairs) from the Armory set ACA4816. Engine panels and bulkheads for the Armory set ACA4816. Panels look quite thick but as no engine is included we assume you are meant to assemble these closed up. Various items for the Armory set ACA4816.
Armory Tu-2 Engine Nacelles      
Photoetch for the Armory set ACA4816.      
 

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