Yak-28P Firebar, 1/48th
During the 1960’s, the Soviet Union’s interceptor force was a very interesting mix of aircraft, which included the Yakovlev Yak-28 Firebar. The Yak-28 was part of the Soviet Union’s air defense component, or PVO (Protivovozdooshnaya oborona), whose mission was defense of the borders, and air defense of strategic locations. Accordingly, units equipped with the Yak-28 Firebar were located in far-flung locations throughout Russia, from the Baltic to the Pacific, and from the Black Sea to the Northern borders. The Yak-28P (along with some of its specialized variants) served from the mid 1960’s through the 1980’s, defending its nation from aerial intruders.
The Bobcat Yak-28P is the second model that I have built from this Chinese plastic model manufacturer; the first kit of their’s that I built was the Tu-2T, twin-engine WWII medium bomber. Bobcat used to be named Xuntong, but has changed its name to Bobcat. Irregardless of name, this company makes some very fine plastic kits. This Yak-28P kit can be made into an early or late version, by using different noses and weapons configurations; Bobcat has included the short nose, along with the long, pointy nose, seen on later models. The Yak-28P has no gun, so only air-to-air missiles are included. Bobcat gives the option of locationing the R-3S missiles (NATO name Atoll AA-2) either inboard of the nacelles, or outboard on the wigs. Since I was building an early version, I chose to locate the AA-2’s in the less-common location, between the fuselage and nacelles.
The kit was painted using Alclad II aluminum, with a coat of Future to give the decals something to stick to. The decals include a lot of stencils for both the aircraft, and the missiles. These decals are thin, in-register, and go on perfectly.
The kit goes together very well, with no construction issues, aside from trying to get all of the six wheels to touch the ground; the landing gear consists of six wheels, four main gear, and two outriggers. Even though I thought that I had everything lined-up perfectly, I still had to sand some of the wheels to get all six to touch the ground…this was the biggest issue that I had during construction.
All-in-all, the Bobcat Yak-28P kit is excellent, and is a welcome addition to my growing stable of Russion aircraft.
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