Basilisk Posted April 25, 2017 Share Posted April 25, 2017 As I have a bit of a soft spot for the Yakovlev piston fighters, I wanted to build the new Special Hobby Yak-3 kit for a while. I am actually building this kit in the "From Russia with love" GB which commences on Saturday at Britmodeller, but I hope it is ok I showing my progress here as well. I was undecided in what colour scheme to paint the model. I didn't like to make a Normandie-Niemen Yak-3 in this scale as I prefer to make one in 1/48 as a companion to my Yak-1 build which still needs to be completed. Fortunately Begemot decals released their new 1/32 sheet on the Yak-3 earlier this year which contained all the favored markings seen on models in the past, but one scheme was new and it looks stunning Yes the same scheme will also be part of the new VVS boxing of the kit. But I prefer the the Normandie-Niemen boxing as it has some extra resin goodies - and as I will most likely build just one Yak-3 in the big scale, it is better to use what I have than buying another kit This plane was flown by Senior Lieutenant Ermohin Valentin Grigorievich of the 402nd Fighter Regiment (265th Fighter Air Division, 3rd Fighter Aviation Corps, 16th Air Army, 1st Belorussian Front). He shot down 9 enemy aircraft between July 1944 and April 1945 and several of them on this aircraft. There is an excellent page where I got this information from There are already some Work in Progress reports on this kit here which I find always very helpfull when approaching a new build. So here is the kit. And some extra goodies. The decals look very good indeed. It will be the first time I am using Begemot decals. Anything special about them helpful to know? The kit looks great in the box, but is in stark contrast to the Cyber Hobby Bf 109 E-3 kit I am currently building. The Cyber Hobby kit is maybe a bit over engineered and the Special Hobby kit is a rather simple affair - so it will be interesting to build these two kits in parallel. As I would like to add some detail to the kit, I spent a bit of time researching the type and the kit - an activity I enjoy as much as building the kit . I read lots of reviews and build reports. Specially some French forums are a treasure trough (but need registration to see the contents). Reviews: Britmodeller Large Scale Planes Hyperscale Aeroscale Brexit Modeller Modellingmadness Detail Scale Review Scalemodel (French) Scalemodels.ru (Russian) Build Reports: Large Scale Planes Large Scale Modeller Brexit Modeller Scalemodel (French) - needs registration, but 16 pages of lots of detail! Nothing on Russian forums ... Walkarounds: Vadim Zadorozhnyi Technical Museum at Arkhangelsk (Russia) Museum of Military Equipment Battle Glory of the Urals at Verkhnyaya Pyshma (Russia) Orenburg (Russia) Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget (France) Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget (France) - shown also under restauration Aeronautical Museum at Belgrade (Serbia) - some great detail pictures Museum of Flying at Santa Monica (US of A) Museum of Flying at Santa Monica (US of A) Scalemodels.ru - not a walkaround as such, but some great info. Unfortunatel most pictures are gone in the earlier posts Certainly no shortage of information, but If you know any other links, please share them here. In general the feedback is favorable, but it is far from the perfect kit (which kit is). Yes a great looking Yak-3 can be build straight out of the box as some of the build reports illustrate. But a lot of the detail is simplified and so much more could be shown in this scale. I am aware that people build large models for various reasons, but for me as a Mega rivet counter, it is the extra detail possible in the larger scale which makes the 1/32 scale so attractive. Yes I know of the "rivet counter syndrome", trying to replicate and correct every little detail and thereby not finishing a model ever. I will try to find a compromise and accepting some of the inaccuracies and keep moving - maybe easier said than done. The general outline and shape looks good, but there is scope for improvement with some details which I feel will enhance the look of the model. It looks to me that some of the detail in the kit is based on the Yak-3M reproduction build which unfortunately isn't a representation of the wartime aircraft. Also restored aircraft contain parts from other Yak types, making it difficult to draw conclusions - so I guess Special Hobby had a hard time too finding the correct information. As always, any comments are much appreciated. Cheers, Peter Uncarina, williamj, Lud13 and 9 others 12 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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