Yak-130 of Myanmar Air Force (Zvezda 1/48)
Modern aviation is a completely new thing to me. Mainly I'm interested in airplanes of 30th till 50th, because... well, I don't know why. Maybe because of a sound of big piston engines, maybe because I like some spinning stuff, like props. Or maybe it's just all about history. Anyway, this is my first attempt in modern aviation in 1/48 scale, unexpected and hard.
A few words about the aircraft – Yak-130 is a combat/training aircraft of a new generation, and it has a "brother" – Aermacchi M-346. The development was started as a joint venture, but then split, so we have two very similar airplanes. Both of them came into service less than 10 years ago. I think it's one of the youngest military aircraft nowadays, and currently around 12 countries owns these birds.
And a few words about the kit – Zvezda originally produced a 1/72 version of Yak-130 back in 2017, and in 2018 1/48 version was introduced. It's not just an upscale, because the method of molding is different. The kit is of a good quality if it goes about the sprues itself, but it's not an easy one – be patient, check everything. And decals are good as well (by the way – if you own a KH kit of Yak-130 mainly all of the decals should be replaced, but not because of a print quality). Also, if you're interested in M-346 – Kinetic has it.
And a few notes about the colors I've used. When I was looking on the photos, and than comparing it to the instruction, I've realized that this would be a "ok, I don't believe you, so I'll will mix it" painting. Photos are your best friends here (taking into account the white balance of course). And just a summary of a colors used for the ...
– Light blue is 6:1 of Hataka C709 (RAL 6027) and C284 (FS35520)
– Green-blue is ~2:1 of Hataka C228 and C284 plus a little bit of white
– Light grey is Vallejo 71.046
Landing gear, wheel bay and doors:
– White for the bay and inside of the doors
– XF-23 for legs and hydraulics
– Dark metallic grey of horizontal leg parts (more info in the WIP thread) – mix of 71.073 and 70.991
– Wheel discs is XF-5
Camouflage, fuselage and the rest:
– Light blue is 1:2 mix of Hataka C284 and C101
– Dark blue is 1:4 mix of Hataka C101 and C255
– XF-24 for radio transparent parts (nose cone, tail, etc.)
Please note, that C*** is not a Gunze paint, but Hataka orange line, which has the same indexing schema.
Thanks everybody, who followed the WIP thread! Full story here – https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/zvezda-1-48-yak-130-of-myanmar-air-force/
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