The Yer-2 began life as an airliner but was converted to a strategic bomber for the Soviet Air Force.

Despite its potential, Russian focus on tactical aircraft during World War II meant this strategic bomber never showed its worth.

The prototype Yer-2 first flew in 1937 and the first bomber version flew in June 1940.

After 128 had been manufactured the German invasion disrupted production.

A few were used in bombing raids on Berlin but most were lost in the early months of fighting.

A diesel engined version was produced in 1944 and, by 1946, 391 had been produced, but they made little contribution to the Russian war effort.

This model represents a Yermolayev Yer-2 of the 329th Aviation Regiment, Soviet Air Force, in the summer of 1945.

AModel 1/72 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in December 2006.

Work Bench Notes


MODEL: Yermolayev Yer-2

ROLE: Strategic bomber

TIME PERIOD: 1940-1950

ENGINES: two Charomsky Ach-30B diesel engines of 100kW each

WING SPAN: 23.00m

LENGTH: 16.47m

GROSS WEIGHT: 18,580kg


RANGE: 5500km


ARMAMENT: up to 5,000kg of bombs, two 12.7mm machine guns and one 20mm cannon

SCALE: 1/72


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