Another Unicraft kit... dum, de dum dum....
Started a thread so I can stop hijacking McGrieg's build. Mine will be the Cheranovsky BICh-17, which I picked up cheaply from Mike McEvoy at the Huddersfield show last weekend.
I've been very fond of Cheranovsky aircraft ever since I first saw some of them in Soviet X-Planes by Yefim Gordon. Tailless aircraft where mostly his thing, starting with a parabolic planform and later investigating deltas, he was very much at the forefront of this research. From what I can gather, most of his aircraft flew well.
The BICh-17 was typical of his early projects, it had a parabolic wing, no horizontal tail surfaces and the rudder faired into the cockpit. Apart from the unusual wing and tailless layout, another unusual feature was a pair of APK 80mm recoilless rifles were mounted in the wings. This seems to have at least contributed to the cancellation of the BICh-17, as Leonid Kurchevsky (designer of the APK guns) was arrested in one of Stalin's purges. The aircraft was 60% complete when cancelled.
I've started by cleaning up the parts and it doesn't look too bad. The fuselage fits reasonably well, there's a large gap on the underside but I've seen worse. I thought the rudder fairing might need some building up, but it's fine after clean up. Wings are going to take some persuasion to fit well. Rudder fits nicely. Due to the brittle resin, I managed to crack a tiny rudder hinge and one of the separate control surfaces, I might have to replace these with plastic card.