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Yakovlev Yak-130 “Mitten” (48052)

1:48 Begemot Decals

 

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We’ve been treated to a pair of new kits in this scale what seems to me quite recently, although on checking it, was a fairly surprising 2 years ago.  I must have been having fun and just not noticed!  Before these two we weren’t exactly spoiled for choice, so by now there should be a fair few of these little trainer/light attack aircraft in the stashes of our modelling brethren.

 

This decal set arrives in an unassuming ziplok bag, with two A3 sheets of glossy paper plus more two full and one smaller pages on matt paper folded in half for the instructions, four sheets of decals split between three for the individual markings and aircraft numbers, with the third smaller sheet for the stencils.  The instructions are large due to the fact that there are an amazing 27 decal options, and a sheet is also dedicated to the stencils for the airframe as well as the munitions that the Mitten was capable of carrying.  The level of care and attention that has been lavished on this and every set from Begemot is impressive, giving the modeller a fantastic range of decal and colour options to choose from.  From the sheets you can build the following:

 

  1. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201001, 1st pre-production batch, Flight Research Institute, Zhukovskiy, 2007
  2. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201001, 1st pre-production batch, Flight Research Institute, Zhukovskiy, 2009
  3. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201019, 2nd pre-production batch, MAKS-07 airsalon, Zhukovskiy, August 2007
  4. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201019, 2nd pre-production batch, MAKS-07 airsalon, Zhukovskiy, August 2017
  5. Yak-130, S.n. 942062013??, 3rd pre-production batch, Flight Research Institute, Zhukovskiy, 2006
  6. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201576, 5th pre-production batch, Sokol aviation factory, Nijniy Novogorod, 2009
  7. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201457, 5th pre-production batch, Main Flight Test Centre Russian Air Force, Akhtoubinsk, 2010
  8. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201409, 1st serial aircraft, MAKS-2009 airsalon, Zhukovskiy, August 2009
  9. Yak-130, S.n. 94206201729, 5th serial aircraft, 4th Centre of Combat Employment & Personnel Retraining Russian Air Force, Lipetsk, 2010
  10. Yak-130, S.n. 94206202105, 6th serial aircraft, 209th Training Airbase, 786th Training Aviation Centre & Personnel Russian Air Foce, Borisiglebsk airbase, 2011
  11. Yak-130, S.n. 130.1001, 1st serial aircraft, Irkutsk, August 2009
  12. Yak-130, S.n. 130.1001, 1st serial aircraft, MAKS-2017 airsalon, Zhukovskiy, August 2017
  13. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1004, Training Centre, Russian Air Force, Borisoglebsk Airfield, 2013
  14. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1019, Training Centre, Russian Air Force, Borisoglebsk Airfield, 2013
  15. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1111, Training Centre, Russian Air Force, Borisoglebsk Airfield, 2014
  16. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1118, Training Centre, Russian Air Force, Armavir Airfield, 2014
  17. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1114, Training Centre, Russian Air Force, Borisoglebsk Airfield, 2014
  18. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1307, Training Airbase Krasnodar Military Pilots University, Russian Air Force, Armavir Airfield, 2017
  19. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00. 1320, Training Airbase Krasnodar Military Pilots University, Russian Air Force, Armavir Airfield, 2017
  20. Yak-130, S.n. 130.11.00.1004, 116th Guardian Strike Aviation Base, Republic of Belarus Air Force, Lida Airbase, 2015
  21. Yak-130, S.n. 130.12.01.0106, 620th Training Aviation Squadron, Algerian Air Force, 2012
  22. Yak-130, S.n. 130.12.02.0101, Bangladesh Air Force, 2015
  23. Yak-130, S.n. 130.12.03.1001, Myanmar (Burma) Air Force, 2017
  24. Yak-130, S.n. 00-01, MAKS-2017 airsalon, Zhukovskiy, July 2017
  25. Yak-130, S.n. unknown, Laos People’s Liberation Army Air Force, Vientiane Airbase, January 2019
  26. Yak-130, S.n. unknown, Training Airbase Krasnodar Military Pilots University Russian Air Force, Kushe’vka Airbase, 2019
  27. Yak-130, S.n. unknown, Training Airbase Krasnodar Military Pilots University Russian Air Force, Borisoglebssk Airbase, summer 2018

 

You can see all of the colour schemes and additional information on each of the choices above by clicking the “available here” link below and clicking on the two .pdf files that are on the page.

 

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The penultimate page of the instructions devotes a page to the stencils on the fuselage and overleaf the weapons with their designations above each one.  There are plenty of these, and as I always say it’s the stencils that make a more realistic model, increasing the level of visual detail immensely.

 

Conclusion

As we’ve come to expect from Begemot the printing is first rate, with good register, colour density and sharpness, with the little red hippo logo in the bottom right of each sheet.  They always provide a huge selection of options on their sheets, which gives the obsessive modeller the chance to get massive value, and tempt the rest of us to get a few more of the same kit.

 

Very highly recommended.

 

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