Zvezda 1/144 WWII Soviet PO2 Bomber BiPlane (Snap Kit)
Sale price $5.19 Regular priceZVE-6150
The plane was designed in 1928 by Nikolai Polikarpov. It was intended to be used for pilot training, so the plane was named “U-2” (Uchebnyi-2, meaning “Trainer-2”). It was renamed Po-2 (i.e. “Polikarpov-2”) in 1944. Po-2 was reliable, maneuverable and very easy to pilot (it was claimed that it was nearly impossible to make the plane go into a spin). The plane also proved to be quite versatile. Many modifications of Po-2 for various civil uses were developed during the 1930s. When the Soviet Union entered World War II, the plane was converted into a night bomber. Low-flying and quiet plane proved to be a difficult target for German fighters. It should be also noted that personnel of some Po-2 squadrons consisted exclusively of women. Many of them gained various awards for their service.