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1/72 Yakovlev Yak-3 Revell

This is a scale by in the colours of a machine from 18. GIAP, East Prussia, 1945.

This was a pretty straight-forward build OOB. Everything fit together pretty nicely. I was well impressed with the full colour, glossy instructions as well!

Painting was a little trickier, although camouflage schemes are certainly easier when brush painting as there a far less straight lines. I found a Revell - Humbrol paint chart converter online, but after I started applying Humbrol 31 (which was supposed to be Battleship grey matt equivalent) I felt that there was too much green in it, and it looked nothing like the picture on the side of the box. Did some samples and settled on Humbrol 125, which is the dark grey you see here. Looks much better, in my opinion.

Decals were pretty good. Only a basic amount and although I was worried about the arrow, number and red star decal they both went on without too much fuss.

First Russian fighter I have built to add to my collection. As I put it together, I was surprised at just how small the Yak-3 is, really no larger than a 109E. Still, a good looking plane - neat, simple and pretty effective over the battlefield.

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8 responses

  1. This is a great job of this neat kit, Emberson!
    Your colors look great!

  2. Nice build, Emberson.
    Humbrol 125 looks indeed much better.
    Also thought that the Yak would be bigger than the Emil.

  3. Colors look good on this.

    Here's a trick to get the canopy looking better: get some white glue and use a needle to run it around the base of the canopy to fill the gap. It will dry clear and invisible and the canopy placement will then look as good as the rest of the model.

  4. Nicely done! Looks great.

  5. Nicely done Emberson, looks good.

  6. Nice looking Yak!

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