A 1930s Yugoslav low-wing monoplane single seat interceptor fighter with retractable landing gear,
designed by Ljubomir Ilic and Kosta Sivcev as a successor to their IK-1/IK-2 fighter. It was regarded
as a generally effective aircraft, easier to handle than the contemporary Messerschmitt Bf 109E and
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I.
At the beginning of Nazi invasion of Jugoslavia in April, 1941, only 6 of the 12 IK-3 from the first
production series were operational. They were assigned to 161st and 162nd fighter squadron (3 IK-3 each)
of the 51st Fighter group. The 51st fighter group was part of the 6th fighter regiment of Royal
Yugoslav Air Force which was to defend the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade. Both fighter squadrons were
stationed at Zemun airport. One source states: "...the IK-3s put up a valiant resistance against the
Luftwaffe, scoring a number of "kills" before they were finally destroyed in combat." Another source
claims 11 victories for the IK-3, with Narednik (Flight Sergeant) M. Semiz as most successful (4 victories).
Our kit was designed by Tom Jacoby and developed by Steve St.Martin. The kit
includes laser-cut balsa and ply parts. Full size plans and construction notes
construction manual are also included.
The lead photo is the first prototype of the kit as built by Tom Jacoby
in a pre-WWII Royal Yugoslavian Air Force color scheme.
Steve said: "The ROGO flew great(not surprisingly). But I have to change props. I need to try a
APC 7-5E. (Fuzz initially used a GWS 8-4.7 prop.) Just not enough pitch speed. And while it ran smooth
statically, it sounded aweful above 50% throttle in the air. But it flew very good. Hand launch was a little
hairy(un-trimmed) but soon had it trimmed. This thing flys very stable and will fly very slow. The radiator
scoop is great for launching. I'm glad I glassed the scoop."
Click here for Fuzz's build thread at RC Groups
- Span: 34 Inches
- Area: 174 Square Inches
- Weight: Approximately 15 Ounces
- Power: Tower Pro 2408-12 Outrunner
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