"The Ilyushin Il-102 was an experimental jet-powered ground-attack aircraft designed by Ilyushin. This aircraft was never chosen for production, being surpassed by the Su-25, and only a few development prototypes were built."
The IL-102 is a form of "shturmovik", or ground-attack aircaft, the type of which Russia was renown for producing in the Second World War (see IL-02), but this one only got as far as two prototypes. So then - a few pictures :
Look how UGLY it is! Brilliant. And now a 3-view :
Broad wings, nice proportions, boxy fuselage that should go together quickly, right? Even the cockpit is the same front and rear, just slightly cut-down to match the curve in the rear deck. Oh yes - a rear cockpit for a rear turret - novel!
How could it be made? An easy balsa fuselage with thick balsa top and bottom to get the curves; blue foam engines with balsa block front and back; and a foam wing with an inset spruce spar, top and bottom.
Here's some sketches :
Roughly 1100mm wing span produces a 1000mm length, or thereabouts. No need to change from a scale wing - its plenty broad enough. A 3lb weight would produce a wing loading of around 15oz/sq. ft, which is quite a nice figure, but she's more likely to hit 4 pounds I'd say.
So..wouldn't it be a shame if I...
..WENT AND BUILT IT?!
2 hour's worth of work last night, and she's coming along well.