Eduard Lavochkin La-7 of Captain Aleksei Alelyukhin HSU in 1/72 Scale

Aleksei Alelyukhin was credited with 40 individual and 17 shared victories and was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union twice.  He was flying I-16s with the 69th Fighter Regiment when the Germans launched operation Barbarossa.  He scored steadily throughout the war, although he was wounded three times and forced to bail out once.  He survived the war and served until 1985, retiring as a Major General.

This is the La-7 of Captain Aleksei Alelyukhin HSU x 2, 9 GIAP, East Prussia, December 1944. 

ICM Polikarpov I-153 of Captain Konstantin Soloviyev HSU in 1/72 Scale

I-153 of Captain Konstantin Soloviyev HSU, 71st IAP, Soviet Navy Baltic Fleet Aviation, Lavansaari, Summer 1942.  Soloviyev was credited with 4 individual and 8 shared victories.  Photographs of other 71st IAP I-153s show that the front baffle plating was removed from some aircraft, exposing the engine, while on others it was not.  It is not clear if the plating was removed from White 24 so I modeled it in place.

ICM Polikarpov I-16 of Boris Safonov HSU in 1/72 Scale

I-16 Type 24 of Boris Safonov, twice HSU, CO of the 4th Squadron, 72nd Mixed Aviation Regiment, Soviet Navy Northern Fleet, Vaenga USSR, August 1941.  Safonov was credited with 20 individual and 6 shared victories.  While it is likely Safonov flew this aircraft, it was not assigned exclusively to him.  The slogans are “For Stalin!” on the port side and “Death to Fascists!” to starboard.

Eduard Lavochkin La-7 of Major Ivan Kozhedub HSU in 1/72 Scale

Ivan Kozhedub was born in Obrazhievka, Ukraine in 1920.  At the time of the German invasion he was serving as a flight instructor.  He achieved his first aerial victory in July 1943, a Ju 87.  The Stuka was a favorite target for Kozhedub, he eventually downed 18 of the type.  He was also the first Soviet pilot credited with downing an Me 262.  He claimed to have downed two American P-51s in a friendly fire incident, although this is unconfirmed.  He retired in 1985 with the rank of Marshal of Aviation.

Kozhedub was the top scoring Soviet and Allied fighter pilot of WWII with 64 victories. The model represents the La-7 of Major Ivan Kozhedub HSU x 3, 176 GIAP, Germany, May 1945.

ICM Polikarpov I-16 of Col. Ivan Romanenko HSU in 1/72 Scale

I-16 Type 18 of Col. Ivan Romanenko HSU, CO of the 61st Fighter Brigade, Soviet Navy Baltic Fleet Aviation, September 1941.  Romanenko was credited with 28 individual and 1 shared victory.  Romanenko survived the war and retired as a Lieutenant General.

This is a photo of Colonel Ivan Romanenko HSU in front of his rather uniquely camouflaged I-16. The colors used here are debated, I’m seeing five shades. Comparing the darkest color to the wheels, I went with a dark green rather than black.

ICM Polikarpov I-16 of Lt. Petr Kharitonov HSU in 1/72 Scale

I-16 Type 21 of Lt. Petr Kharitonov HSU, 158 IAP, Kresty Airfield, Pskov USSR, July 1941.  Kharitonov was credited with 14 victories, including a Ju 88 by Taran strike (ramming).  In Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 95, Mikhail Maslov attributes White 13 to Sr. Lt. Vasiliy Golubev HSU, 7th IAP, Leningrad Front USSR, Summer 1941.  Golubev was credited with 39 individual and 12 shared victories.  The notes designating White 13 as belonging to Kharitonov are from the Begimot decal sheet.

Dakoplast Yakovlev Yak-7B of Lieutenant Ivan Golubin in 1/72 Scale

Ivan Golubin was credited with 13 personal and 2 group victories, and was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union.  He died when the MiG-3 he was piloting crashed in bad weather on 01NOV42.  The model depicts the aircraft he flew with the 434th FAR in July 1942 over Stalingrad.

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