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  1. Hah! Here we go - a neat little how-to article: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://scalemodels.ru/news/15207-A-Resin-1-48-konsoli-kryla-la-11-dl-modeli-ARKmodels.html My guess was seemingly correct - the Arezin parts represent a late La-11 wing underside. The Ark kit part is for an early La-11, apparently the same as the La-9. I have to be honest - it looks to me like the average modelbuilder could probably handle the conversion just by referring to the image of the Arezin parts in the link posted previously by 28ZComeback, assuming he/she ev
  2. FWIW, I tried the comparison I suggested, and now I'm puzzled. The Arezin parts are definitely different from the undersides of the Ark La-11 kit - could it be that Ark have included La-9 wing underside parts in both kits? La-9 drawings show the same details as the Ark La-11 wings. I haven't tried to infiltrate the scalemodels.ru forum to see if there's any discussion there; maybe I'll do that later. Meanwhile, here's a couple of La-11 walkarounds from there: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/photo/viewcat_cid_395.html http://walkarounds.scalemodels.ru/v/walkarounds/avia/before_1950/la-1
  3. I was willing to wait a bit longer, having already got my La-11 from that seller with no problem, but when I tried to use ebay's communication system to contact him, ebay for some unknown reason interpreted that as a refund request, so I got a refund, and I guess poor Ekatsmir got a black mark on his ebay soul or whatever, deserved or not. I went ahead and ordered the La-9 from another vendor; I'm still waiting to receive it. No, but thanks for posting the link! Assuming you already have the La-11 kit, have you tried comparing the wing parts with the Arezin image?
  4. Accessories for the La-9 and La-11 from Quinta Studio - vacuformed canopy (La-9/La-11) and cockpit 3D decals (La-9): https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuintaStudio?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Search_CA_DSA_GGL_Main_General_New&utm_ag=CA-EN_DSA-General&utm_custom1=_k_EAIaIQobChMI45HX_OXL8AIVRzizAB0PrQAPEAAYASAAEgJ5sfD_BwE_k_&utm_content=go_11120726157_108269037519_474819453289_dsa-19959388920_c_&utm_custom2=11120726157&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI45HX_OXL8AIVRzizAB0PrQAPEAAYASAAEgJ5sfD_BwE&search_query=La-9 John
  5. Easy-peasy - work your way through these pdfs of the instruction sheets for the Begemot Yak-3 decals and take your pick; these are 1/72, but they're also available in The Godforsaken Scale*: http://www.begemotdecals.ru/showpos.php?lang=2&id=104 http://www.begemotdecals.ru/doc/72-047 Yak-3 p1.pdf http://www.begemotdecals.ru/doc/72-047 Yak-3 p2.pdf * http://www.begemotdecals.ru/showpos.php?&lang=2&pic=1&id=105 John
  6. Apparently a new 1/48 decal sheet for the Ark kits is almost ready; my question is, for what kit is the 1/72 version intended? Maybe there's a new kit in the works that hasn't been announced yet? The existing ones are really not very good, nor are they easily obtained. I built the Siga one, years ago, and it was a lot of work, stealing parts from the old KP La-7 (prop, cowling face, landing gear struts) and redoing the landing gear doors and tailplanes from sheet plastic. Falcon does offer a vacuformed canopy in their 1/72 set 24, though! John
  7. Oho! What do you know that we don't? Well, you probably know lots of things that we don't, certainly you know lots of things that I don't, but what specifically do you know about the (future?) availability of 1/72 kits of the La-9 and La-11? I don't think you'd issue a new decal sheet for the old MPM vacuform or the crude Siga and Gran injected kits, or even because I've tried to kit bash a La-9 from an Eduard La-7 and an Italeri P-51 (but if so, thank you very much, and I'll be placing an order for your decals very soon!). John
  8. Nice! Even though they're not my preferred scale, I've already bought the earlier Modelsvit Yak-9 releases (or maybe it was two of the -9DD) just because, well, they're Yak-9s, after all, and anyone who releases new kits of them even in 1/48 deserves my (and everyone's!) support. I'll be buying this one, too, even though one of the -9DDs was intended to become a Yak-9D using the Vector resin fuselage. Now, if only someone would follow Modelsvit's lead and do the whole series of VK-105-powered Yak-9s in 1/72 scale! See here for a good reference to the camouflage scheme on Mikhail Gr
  9. That's a thoughtful point. Considering the goodness of the "normal" kit, the starter one becomes less attractive, I suppose, although I'd still like to have at least one, just for curiosity's sake. It seems unlikely that Airfix will offer a "stripper" version without the paint and glue, but if the complete package is offered by non-UK online shops in countries with less-restrictive shipping regulations, it will be available by mail order to overseas customers. John
  10. Hell, it looks ideal for me, and I can't claim to be a beginner, after 50 or so years at this! I think I'll need several myself. John
  11. So a family of Yak-9s (and maybe I should be clear that I mean the Yak-9s with the VK-105 engine, not the Yak-9U and Yak-9P with the VK-107) makes sense. Soooo... in the case of the PZL.37, three fuselages is okay, even if two of them differ only by the presence or absence of a window? Again, forget the Yak-9U and Yak-9P - new kits would be nice, but Amodel has done these, even if the wings are almost 3 mm too far forward. To cover the VK-105 series airframes, two fuselages are needed - the original Yak-9/Yak-9D, and the Yak-9T/Yak-9M/Y
  12. Lots of good input and common sense here - I hardly know where to start with a reply! I would only say, regarding my favourite hobbyhorse, the Yak-9, that we've already had two manufacturers (Dakoplast and ICM/Encore) do 1/72 kits with fuselages for both the Yak-9D and Yak-9T (ICM even gave you both in one box), so anyone risking it all on a brand-new kit has a couple of examples to follow, even if the ICM one is crude. If all else fails, a reissue of the Dako kits would be much better than nothing; however, I really think a new kit could be made to appeal to the Average Modelbuilder, simply b
  13. You're probably right, but I do have it on good authority that someone is doing groundwork for a new 1/72 I-16, possibly a type 10. Beyond that, I don't know any more. In light of your well-reasoned comments, will the kit ever be released? Time will tell... And anyway, I was only doing a bit of wish-listing - I don't expect IBG to call me up to act as their market research department. That could be fatal - their next three releases would be the ones Wulfman suggested! John
  14. Type 10? I remember seeing a reference to this one on scalemodels.ru, but if I remember correctly, it was only the type 18/24/28 kit with different decals, not an accurate type 10, and I never saw it available in any on-line shop. Yes, the ICM kit is okay, and very highly detailed, but to my eyes, the fuselage is too chubby in plan view, which in turn causes the cowling to be straight-sided instead of tapered like it should be. The Amodel UTI-4 t15B has a better shape. Plus, the ICM kit has the reputation of being a difficult build, mainly because of the way the wings fit together,
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