Small Stuff 1/72 Sukhoi I-14
By Matt Bittner
Taken from the instructions:
In step 1, you build the rudder pedals – two pieces for each pedal, and those assemblies are glued to a separate rudder bar. Next step is to paint and put the instrument panel together (carefully painting the clear resin and applying the decal to the back, after which the pack of that is painted white), glue it into the forward fuselage half, and glue the landing gear retraction wheel to the cockpit side. In step 3 you glue the throttle quadrant to the fuselage side and then glue the rudder bar/pedals into place. Now you start building the rest of the cockpit.
Step five is assembling the engine. You'll need plenty of time for this step, because each rocker-arm cover/top is glued to the top of each cylinder – there are two cover/tops per cylinder. Once those are glued to the cylinders, then each cylinder will need to be glued to the engine boss. After all those have dried, then you'll add the exhaust manifolds to each cylinder/engine boss. The last step to engine construction is to add the carburetor intake to the engine's underside. I suspect you could probably paint each "part" separate. Once you glue the cover/tops to the cylinders, then you can paint the cylinders. Paint the engine boss prior, as well as the exhaust manifolds. Just be sure to scrape the paint away on the mating surfaces because I don't think you want to do this whole process again.
The fuselage is split into front and rear halves, which helps the process of gluing the cockpit in. So glue those two halves together, glue the fuselage assembly to the wing, then start gluing tail parts on. One excellent aspect of the Small Stuff I-14 is the tail control surfaces are molded separate, so you can deflect those as you see fit. Nice touch (although none of the wing control surfaces are molded that way). Next step is to glue the firewall to the front of the fuselage, followed by cowl/engine assembly. The instructions also have you glue the headrest in along with the windscreen. Be sure to mask it and stuff the cockpit with masking material prior to painting. Finally the tail skid is glued on as are the gun tubes and pitot tube. Those might be better left until the end, though. Same with the separate, clear wing-tip lights – which is an awesome touch!
Speaking of painting, the I-14 was finished with upper green surfaces, and either blue or light gray lower surfaces (although grey is mentioned as the more logical choice).
Many, many humble thanks to Small Stuff for allowing me to review their superb I-14. Contact the owner for information on ordering.