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Basilisk

VVS Yakovlev Yak-3 from the 402nd FAR, Spring 1945

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Basilisk    1,687

I decided a while ago to build the new 1/32 scale Special Hobby Yak-3 kit in this GB as I have a bit of a soft spot for the Yakovlev piston fighters. But 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. When I downloaded the PDF instructions for the new Begemot decals of the Yak-3 in 1/32 scale (still waiting for its arrival), it contained all the favored markings seen on models in the past, but one scheme was new and it looks stunning :D

 

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My thanks go to Dimmy who located these sensational pictures.

 

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

 

This will be my first 1/32 scale build and I am exited having a go at it.

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The kit looks great in the box - maybe a bit simple with not too many parts for the scale. Will be interesting to see how it goes together.

 

I will use some aftermarket parts, Eduard PE and HGW fabric seatbelts which hopefully arrive shortly too.

 

Cheers, Peter

 

 

 

 

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Hewy    1,594

I have this kit in the stash  those decal look very nice, I'll watch this one with great interest,

Glynn

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spitfire    874

Looking forward to this as I have the same kit in the stash.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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Basilisk    1,687
Posted (edited)

Thank you all. I spent the last month researching the type and the kit - an activity I enjoy as much as building the kit :D 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 :)

 

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.

 

Looking forward to get started in two weeks time.

Cheers, Peter

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Basilisk    1,687

My goodies arrived today - the decals from the Russian Federation and the Harness and PE from Hannants. I ordered all at the same day and they arrived together :D

 

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The decals look very good indeed. It will be the first time I am using Begemot decals. Anything special about them helpful to know?

 

Nothing stopping me now :yahoo:Except I have to wait another week :(

Cheers, Peter

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Valkyrie    538
On 4/18/2017 at 4:30 AM, Basilisk said:

Thank you all. I spent the last month researching the type and the kit - an activity I enjoy as much as building the kit :D 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 :)

 

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.

 

Looking forward to get started in two weeks time.

Cheers, Peter

Now that is research! Looks like a great plane. Strapped in ready to go

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Basilisk    1,687
On 27/04/2017 at 4:03 AM, Valkyrie said:

Now that is research! Looks like a great plane. Strapped in ready to go

I hope you enjoy the ride.

 

I did some work on the kit this weekend. The Yak-3 hasn't a very busy cockpit, but the kit's representation is a bit too simple for my taste.

 

Like the knobs on the side console.

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The turning wheels are solid parts due to casting limitation. So I cut them off with a razor saw and glued the console tops to the relevant consoles.

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Next was the IP. I purchased the Edwards PE set for the Yak. But I don't like the IP in the set at all. The banding from the digital printing looks awful and the PE just hasn't enough depth to parts.

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I therefore decided to use the kit IP. But I smoothed the joins between the top and bottom part as it is one part on the original.

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This picture is from the aircraft at Le Bourget.

 

Here the kit IP with the parts attached.

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And the side consoles with knobs and wheels in place.

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Most of the cockpit detail is now in place.

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Also started butting the wheel bays together.

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Not the best fit here unfortunately.

 

I am glad to be out of the starting blocks with this build.

Cheers, Peter

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Hewy    1,594

I like what you've done with the knobs and dials peter, i agree that the kits ip is preferable over etch in 1/32 ,you may get have got away with it with the cockpit closed though, will you be using airscale decals on it,

Glynn

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Valkyrie    538

Highly detailed thorough work there, this will be good...

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Basilisk    1,687
8 hours ago, Hewy said:

I like what you've done with the knobs and dials peter, i agree that the kits ip is preferable over etch in 1/32 ,you may get have got away with it with the cockpit closed though, will you be using airscale decals on it,

Glynn

Thanks Glynn. The dial decals are provided on the kit's decal sheet which is fortunate as airscale doesn't make any Russian WW2 dials yet. But I may use some airscale placards to spice things up a bit in the pit.

 

5 hours ago, Valkyrie said:

Highly detailed thorough work there, this will be good...

I hope so too Valkyrie.

 

Cheers, Peter

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Basilisk    1,687

Made some progress during the week.

 

Got the cockpit frames assembled.

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The cockpit framing is now ready to spice it up with some wires.

 

Then it was back to the wheel wells.

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The fit was rather poor, specially when adding the bottom half of the wing.

 

But at the end only a tiny amount of filler was needed.

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The weakest point in my view is the shape of the wing root radiator openings which unfortunately have little in common with the real thing.

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The kit has a lot of the curvature wrong. I corrected some. But the shape of these openings does vary a fair bit on the real aircraft as well.

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The kit has them blended into the curve of the leading edge whereby there should be a bit of a step.

 

Here the result I was happy with.

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This re-shaping needed the metal panel step to be re-done.

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And the openings needed some fine-tuning as well.

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The shape is still not 100% correct but much closer now to the real aircraft.

 

I like to finish the wheel wells next before adding some parts to the cockpit floor. Some parts still need to be added and I also like to add some of the plumbing.

 

Thanks for watching.

Cheers, Peter

 

 

 

 

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Hewy    1,594

This is making me want to start mine peter,i took it out of the box today to gaze upon the sprues 

Great work on yours i like what you've done in the cockpit a lot,it really makes a difference with the controls.

Glynn

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Basilisk    1,687

Thanks Glynn. I think so too and I can't wait seeing it all with some paint on - maybe in a week or two.

 

Cheers, Peter

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AlbertoYagi    290

This is like travelling to the future and watching a History channel archaeological reconstruction of planes. What a detailed kit!:o

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Basilisk    1,687
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6 hours ago, AlbertoYagi said:

This is like travelling to the future and watching a History channel archaeological reconstruction of planes. What a detailed kit!:o

 

Thanks Alberto. The kit is actually on the simple side for a large scale kit with a rather small parts count. Certainly no Tamiya, but still a nice model can be made from it.

 

Didn't had planed to work on the Yak this weekend, but there was a kind of a spell on the cockpit and I just had to get it ready for painting. So I placed all the wires and some other small details. TheYak-3 cockpit was actually a tidy affair (compared to the Yak-1) mainly due to the side panels on the consoles. There were some wires I could see in pictures I replicated, but the wires from the radio are a gestimate as I couldn't find any information how they were routed.

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The gun loading pulley is supplied in resin (it is the handle underneath the IP) - two of them. Either they had been missing or I put them at such a secure location I can't find them any more. :wall:

 

Fortunately the part is also done in plastic. But it needed a bit of work to make it look in scale.

 

Wheel wells are definitely next.

Cheers, Peter

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Hewy    1,594

Very inspiring Peter, have you used lead wire there in the cockpit, very tidy work

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Basilisk    1,687
1 hour ago, Hewy said:

Very inspiring Peter, have you used lead wire there in the cockpit, very tidy work

Thanks Glynn. The cabling to the radio are led wires. All the others are copper wire (some nickle plated). If the wire hasn't too many bends I prefer copper wire as led wires are a bit tricky to work with as they are very delicate and soft and get easily dented or damaged.

 

Cheers, Peter

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Got a bit further during the week finishing the wheel wells. First I had to add the internal ribs which are extra parts in the kit But they are a bit wider than the ribs they should be a part of so I thinned them by cutting them in half and then gluing them back together :mental:

 

I also had to drill the holes into the receptacles for the wiring.

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Next was adding the 0.2mm lead wires into the receptacles.

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The Image is from the Belgrade walk around

 

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Most is now done now with still one or two wires needed when the undercarriage is in place.

 

And then I finally could use my Sherline. :D

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To make this.

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A kind of airflow device at the rear of the radiator exit as seen here on the French aircraft.

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Also had a go at refining the seat pan as the rim was way too wide.

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It was a bit tricky as I had to reduce the rim from the inside as the overhang on the sides was correct.

 

I think it looks now much better when compared to the real seat.

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I am pleased with the progress I made and I should have finished the cockpit all the cockpit parts next week.

 

Thanks for watching.

Cheers, Peter

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Valkyrie    538

Such detail it's a good watch this I like how you include the research in your progress too 

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Basilisk    1,687
20 hours ago, Valkyrie said:

Such detail it's a good watch this I like how you include the research in your progress too 

Thanks Valkyrie. I am finding always helpful when reference pictures are included in a build.

 

Cheers, Peter

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PlaStix    11,979

Great attention to detail, as always, Peter. Looking excellent! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Basuroy    1,290

The level of detail in this kit is amazing , but what really brings it to life is your fantastic wiring ! Looks great so far :) 

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Basilisk    1,687
On 14/05/2017 at 8:08 PM, PlaStix said:

Great attention to detail, as always, Peter. Looking excellent! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

Thanks Stix. I do have to say that I do develop a liking for the large scale. :winkgrin:

 

23 hours ago, Basuroy said:

The level of detail in this kit is amazing , but what really brings it to life is your fantastic wiring ! Looks great so far :) 

Thanks Basuroy. The detail is certainly in abundance compared to a 1/72 kit, but compared to some other 1/32 scale kits, the detail in this kit is unfortunately a bit simplified for the scale. But id does give you the opportunity to add your own detail and I am currently having a ball doing so :D

 

Cheers, Peter

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