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Dmitry Stropalov
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Yak-1b (Arma Hobby 1/72)

November 9, 2019 · in Aviation · · 19 · 3.3K

Yak-1b of a soviet ace Boris Yeremin (Борис Ерёмин), winter 42-43 year, Stalingrad. This is a new model kit of a Polish manufacturer , released just a month ago. I've pre-ordered it back in August, and I've got a full kit plus overtrees for another one as a bonus, so this model is a "test" (decal sheet has all items needed for two). The test went really smoothly – without any doubts it's a one of the best kits in scale I've built. Good fit, quality decals, six paint options, reasonable PE parts (not required if you don't like PE). Excellent option for a relaxed "weekend" build. Also, I do like this "one sprue" tradition – all kits by Arma Hobby has one and only one styrene sprue (not counting clear parts of course).

Model was painted using AKAN paints – MK-7 for white and A-14 for interior and a wheel bay. The reason why white doesn't look worn-out is that this paint was not a temporary white usually applied in the field, but a special winter paint applied on the repair station. Another one interesting fact is that photos of this particular aircraft show it was all white, not just upper surfaces.

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  1. What a little jewel that plays the part of the Yak-1b. Arma is something of a sleeper to folks in the states, you don't see these kits being built and shown but, I have feeling that they will be seen a lot more. Their Hurricane is also a little jewel . Two thumbs up Dmitry on some excellent modeling and photography.

    • @stephen-w-towle Thank you Stephen! While I was writing this post here, I've received a mail from Arma about pre-ordering theirs new Hurricane IIc 🙂 I think, eventually Arma Hobby would became a well known brand like many others, because (to my mind) quality/price ratio is very good.

  2. 1/72? Really? You could have fooled me! Beautiful work.

  3. Great job! It’s tough to make an all-white finish look good! Looks like a very nice kit.

  4. White is a demanding color, you did a great job !

  5. Lovely work!

    Nice info about the winter cammo, thanks!

  6. Really nice Dmitry, the subtle weathering looks perfect. I'll have to check out the Arma Hobby range.

  7. Dmitry, I had to take another look when I notice this was in 1/72. I really like your realistic winter scheme. Nicely done !

  8. Another beauty Dmitry! The kit looks like it has nice recessed details, and your finishing job is fantastic as always. I'll ditto thanks about the note on the paint scheme!

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