Yak-23UTI (SpecialHobby 1/72)
A very rare one from my favorite First Jets Era. Yak-23UTI was a 2-seat trainer version of the Yak-23 "Flora" fighter. Only one aircraft of this version was produced, but surprisingly it survived and now kept in museum.
This is Special Hobbys's 1/72 scale kit. I would recommend it only to fanatics, obviously because it's a short run kit with many issues. Fit is not good, even canopy can't be attached without sanding and filling. Air intake is wrong, the tip of the rudder is wrong, resin main wheel bay doesn't fit and so on – a very long list for real. And strange painting colors in instruction and also with a mistakes in painting scheme.
So, I've put some work into it. Air intake and rudder were fixed. Main wheel bay mainly made from scratch. Second gun on a starboard side was added (I can't figure out why manufacturer did it – only one gun on the port side was present). A lot of PE parts for interior and no instrumental panels – I've made decals. Canopy parts are made from foil – it's similar to vacu-formed canopies but made without vacuum.
Painted with new AK metallic paints with some addition of Alclad II. Weathered with oils and pigments as I usually do.
Hope you'll like this little Yak. Thank you for your attention!
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