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Special Hobby 1/32 Yak-3
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 01:09 PM UTC
This is the Special hobby 1/32 scale Yak-3. I bought this kit, along with their Tempest, 2 years ago. I don't remember the name of the stand where I bought them but they were Eastern European(?) and I think that something in what I said, about "discount for IPMS membership" and about the amount to pay, got lost in translation as I got both kits for less than the price of one. The kits were 69.00 each and I paid 60.00! Now that is not a bad saving and they are the "High Tech" versions, so I thought that it only proper that I get them built. I started the Yak first as I don't have a Russin aircraft model in 1/32

Because of the way that the undercarriage fits I felt that I would need access from above as well as below. It has 5 points of fixture and it wasn't 100% positive and because the resin wheels have flats the angle of the leg relative to the wing would be crucial. For this part the kit should have, maybe, included a robotic arm but I couldn't complain as I paid so relatively little for it! Anyway I managed it. The detail is pretty good but the overall fit is not perfect. I'm going to have to fettle the upper edge of the forward under carriage bulkhead because it is preventing the upper wing contacting the lower wing over the area of the bay Nit a major issue but it is an issue.



















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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:16 AM UTC
This seems to be unusual to my untutored eye Mal.
Isn't it common practise to have a complete cockpit tub to fix into the frame?

In this case it seems as if it will be a different type of assembly with the floor already there.

It will be intereting to see your approach yo this.

Nice one.
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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 01:26 AM UTC
Haven't seen many Yak's built up on the net, Mal, so I'll be following along with interest
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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:50 AM UTC

Quoted Text

This seems to be unusual to my untutored eye Mal.
Isn't it common practise to have a complete cockpit tub to fix into the frame?

In this case it seems as if it will be a different type of assembly with the floor already there.

It will be intereting to see your approach yo this.

Nice one.



Paul.
yes usually you will find a cockpit tube fitted into one fuselage half but in the case of the Yak the cockpit floor is actually the top of the wing and the cockpit tub is built around this. Actually it's a framework and it's similar to the Hurricane and Typhoon.



Hi Russell,
More pics soon, the interior paint is on
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 04:36 PM UTC

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Hi Russell,
More pics soon, the interior paint is on



Looking forward to seeing them Mal!

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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 10:43 AM UTC
I'm having trouble uploading photos, so until that is sorted I can't post any more pics
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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 11:59 AM UTC
Hi Mal, I am very seriously considering buying the "hi-tech" version of this kit, so I will be following along with your build. It already looks like construction is non-standard!

Ernest
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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 12:31 PM UTC

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Hi Mal, I am very seriously considering buying the "hi-tech" version of this kit, so I will be following along with your build. It already looks like construction is non-standard!

Ernest



Hi, Ernest,
Yes it is a bit none standard and that makes it interesting. If you glue the undercarriage bay parts in carefully, then add the undercarriage it all comes together quite easily. The difficult part was deciphering the instructions and working out the best way to build it all. But it worked well

I would suggest though that after you have fitted the undercarriage bay parts you test fit the upper wing halves. There was a slight fit issue and it took me some time to spot that part of the problem was the little brackets located on the top wing roof detail, to the outside. It was interfering with the rear wall. I simply sliced a sliver off it. You can't really see it when everything is together. And, as I suspected, after the first fitting, the front wall piece needs trimming a little, to bring the leading edge of the wings into contact in that area.

My biggest issue at the moment is the lack of decals for the wing fuel dials but I plan on making those myself. The real issue is working out exactly what is required from the instructions but I may have cracked that.

I will try, for the 6th time to upload the latest photos. I will be taking more today. If I can't upload them I will have to look for an off site account? Any ideas people? What do yo all use?
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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 07:45 PM UTC
Testing the upload from Flickr:

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 07:56 PM UTC
Well that works.
The previous image, shown again below, is of the Yahu instrument panel, as you can see it is pretty well detailed, especially good is the finesse of the actual dials. It is expensive though.



The instrument panel needed a little bending and the separate blind blind flying panel needs to be bent as well then glued (tiny drops of CA). There are also a couple of separate dials for the oxygen regulator which is the kit part.

With this done I could start getting the cockpit framing together:









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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12:24 AM UTC
Following along Mal as I like to see how you tackle things in this big scale although I will admit most of the WWII Russian aircraft don't interest me, including this one.

The only exceptions being the La-5 series and the Tu-2
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:55 AM UTC
Hi Lucky

That's interesting to know, that you aren't interested in most Russian aircraft but I am surprised that of those you do like this isn't one?

I like all aircraft, regardless of nation or type. I might not feel the need to model many of them but I do like them as they are all fascinating in their own way I would love to build an La-5 in 1/32 scale and there may be one on the way

I will be posting more pis soon, I'm just finishing off the seat and belts and when I have finalised the fitting of the wings we will be good to go. My one frustration at the moment is the lack of a decal for the dial divisions around the frequency dial on the radio. The radio sits prominently on the rear shelf and I feel that it requires this detail. I have printed it but cutting it out is a no go. I'm going to try printing my own decal so we will see how that goes