Thank you very, very much for passing along those links with the huge volume of information and pictures. I have done some research of my own but nothing compared to what you have put together. I have seen two-seat aircraft pictures with the longer F43 canopy that had four rocket rails under each wing. But I also read in a few places that planes that carried 82 mm rockets normally would care 4 rockets under each wing but if they carried 132 mm rockets they only carried 2 rockets. I am sorry I never kept links to all this information as I just made notes to myself about it.
The pages you’ve listed will give me and others an awful lot to think about. However, as I have also read, wartime also meant that whatever rules were meant to be followed often changed in reality. Thank you again for sharing your work.
Damian, thanks for your welcome and interest in this beast. I fear I might be a bit slow in my progress as I’ve been slowly rebuilding my modelling skills after an unfortunate absence. Plus a new camera and new photo editing software have left me at a bit of a disadvantage until I get the “hang of things”.
@Braille Eddy, yes the IL-2 WAS a Flying Tank in a sense and some of my reading quote German FLaK gunners referring to it as that. And no, there are no crew figures in the kit as perhaps Zvezda had plans to offer some in their figures sets (just a wild guess?)
@Klaus-Adler David, as I mentioned to Damian I have a few hinderances to handle that preclude a speedy build. Add to that the fact that I was primarily a vehicle aficionado in my recent past. (don’t hold that against me?)
As I mentioned the canopies in the answer to Massimo here is a picture of the two you get with this kit.
The foremost is the F43 kit number in the above picture.
In the above F42 is the foremost with F43 behind.