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Yak-23UTI [1/144 Mikro Mir + Shelf Oddity]


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Hello everyone!
This is Mikro Mir kit, which I really like and highly recommend. I'd venture to say it is the crispiest and most delicate short-run kit I've seen. Mikro Mir's Tu-22 comes close, and I am looking forward to building that one. Having checked the gear details I had serious doubts whether designing PE details for it makes any sense (in the end it did - there are still some tiny PE bits that can further enhance it). I like the slightly irregular, hair thin panel lines, sharp trailing edges of wings and tail; the plastic is good to work with, no big fit issues and it is so lovely tiny.
The scene is loosely based on a monument airplane that used to be displayed on a square in Świdnica, Poland. I wanted to build two-seater variant of Yak-23, however Polish Air Force never used two-seater Yak-23s which instills a major and obvious historical inaccuracy. Having this one already onboard I was less worried by some other bits that may or may not fit any particular reference photos. The airplane on display was easily accessible, kids favorite, and as such subject of slow but steady decay and settling on one single "proper" state of the airframe to reproduce is nearly impossible.
(decals are custom printed, PE parts used in my usual prototype fashion, some scratchbuilt elements)

 

Here are couple of period photos from Świdnica:
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And here is the model:
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Thank you!
Leszek

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What a clever and unique presentation / display.  Very nicely done!!!!! :coolio:

 

Mike

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Super cool! I had no idea there was a UTI of these early Yak jets. I've made two -15s in 1/72 and somewhere have a half-started vacform Yak-17...inspired to go find it now!

 

this is a quirky and awesome little model - well done!

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Quite nice 1/48 mini-diorama.

What... No 1/48?

Beautifull little bird!

And diorama - maybe even better!

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