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Neomega's 1/48 scale
Yak-52

by Tony Horton
 

Yakovlev Yak-52

  

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Introduction

 

Background

Almost every general aviation airfield in this country can boast about having a YAK in residence! My local airfield at White Waltham even has a specialist maintenance facility for Yaks.

The Yak-52 was mainly used by Eastern Bloc countries for training and utility duties and was used by many of the old Warsaw Pact Air Forces. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a lifting of restrictions within these countries. It did not take long for ex-Soviet aircraft to become available to private individuals.



Neomega's 1/48 scale Yak-52

Neomega is well known for their detail cockpit set and have a good reputation on there fit and easy of use. So when I saw their latest release for a whole resin kit at scale model world last year I just had to have one.

Upon opening the box once I had got the kit home I was not disappointed with the level of detail and the quality of the parts in the kit. Not having built a resin kit before but I have dealt with lots of resin detail sets it was going to be steady as we go.

 

Construction

 

First, all the parts received a good wash with a little soapy water to remove the mould release agents, then all the moulding blocks had to be removed from the kit parts and some care has to be taken here as the parts are very delicate as can be seen by this picture in that one of the seats broke on me and had to be glued back using a little cyro glue and accelerator.

 



The level of detail in the two cockpits was exceptional and up to Neomegaís normal standards which are high anyway. The fit of the cockpit parts were good and fitted where the instructions said they should go, but careful dry fitting and a planed sequence of how your going to fit them is essential. Once the two halves were dry it was time to spray the inside of the fuselage, this I did with xtracolour enamel paints. As all Soviet aircraft were painted inside in that unique shade of blue I decided to paint this kit the same.

Most of the older Yaks when they come to this country and are placed on the U.K register they go through a through maintenance check and the interiors are repainted in a more subtle western colour so careful check of references are required here. I used the Soviet colour as it is such an unusual colour for aircraft interiors and if it is not exactly correct then I make apologies for this. The instrument panels are very good but they donít have any instrument dials on them so these were added using decals from the Reheat range.

The wings are one piece mouldings and so are the tail planes. All the flying control surfaces are separate so that they can be placed in a deflected angle if one wished to. When Yaks are at rest the elevator tends to apply Newtonís theory of gravity. Once all the wings and tail planes were dry there was very little filling to be done thatís how good this kit is. I just went over the joints with some typewriter correction fluid to make sure of good joints.

 



The next part of the kit to be tackled is the engine cowl which has a large moulding block cast . This has to be carefully removed without damaging the cowl itself. This I did by drilling chain holes around the moulding block and removing the excess. Then I drilled more holes through the centre of the cowl and removed the excess this way. It was just a case of cleaning up the centre with a power tool and taking all the precautions of wearing some form of face protection to avoid all the dust that this generated as resin dust can be carcinogenic.

 

Painting and Markings

 

Now that the airframe was complete it was time to do the colour scheme. The three options supplied in the kit are for two Soviet aircraft and one U.K registered. But my choice was for a machine which I saw at the Rougham air show back in august 2006. so I started spraying the white and used xtracolour acrylic white which worked really well onto an un-primed surface. Then I sprayed the yellow which again came from the acrylics range from xrtacolour. After all the masking was removed me had an airframe that now needed the black trim to be added.

I decided to make the black trim out of decals so I looked through my spares decal box for all the black decals I could find. These were applied and then left to dry before sealing those with a coat of Johnsonís clear floor polish. The checks on the cowl were then measured and an appropriate number of decal squares were cut out and then applied over a period of several hours, this was a painstaking effort but produce the right results. The rudder was similarly done by painting the yellow and then making black decal stripes. The cheat line was made using yellow decals and bordering with black and all these came from xtradecals range (what would we do without Hannants these days). As for the registrations I had to print my own decal for these as I could not find appropriate decals anywhere.

 



Printing decals is not as daunting as it may sound all you need is the right decal paper and software on your pc. It also helps if you have a club member who prints his own decals and you can tap into their knowledge, which I have at my own club (model clubs are the best way to improve your modelling skills as you can tap into vast array of knowledge and techniques).

After finishing all the decals it was time to turn to the undercarriage and this is where it started to get a little messy!

The only bad point that I could find with this kit was the instruction in that they are printed on A4 sheet and show basic line drawings for all the stages. Another sheet shows the three options and this is printed in colour with description of the aircraft and the colours to use.

The construction diagrams are not to clear as to regards the undercarriage legs and supports so I ended up shaving to much of the base of the legs only realising afterwards that too much had been taken and that I then needed to make some supports from plastic card. After carefully remaking the base supports and then spraying the legs the same colour everything turned out fine in the end. This could have been avoided with a little more careful research on my part and not to get to complacent when things go well on a project.

There is no engine detail on this kit and you really donít need it cause the Yaks have this large fan in the front of the engine which hides all what is behind it and the space behind is great for placing lots of weight in to stop this becoming a tail sitter. What you do get in the kit is two propeller hubs (one of which is a spare as this is the most delicate part of the kit) and if you do get to see a Yak close up one of the things that you look at is the complex nature of the constant speed unit on the prop and how different it is to say a American constant speed unit. Neomega has done an excellent job on producing a very detailed unit.

It was on to the final stages of this project and all the last decals were placed on the model. The only two decals that I used from the ones supplied were the Russian stars and the Yak52 symbols and both of these went on very well and had no adverse reaction to Micro-sol setting solution. The model now received a coat of Johnsonís clear to protect it from adverse handling.

The canopy was then place in the open position this I had to cut into pieces as the one supplied is a solid unit and if you want to display the model with a open cockpit you have to be brave and cut up the only canopy that Neomega supply in the kit (so be careful).

 

Conclusion

 

In conclusion I must say itís like a breath of fresh air for a kit manufacturer to produce a kit in this scale that does not have guns or bombs on as I feel that we have far too few civil aircraft kits.

 

 

Neomega has also done an exceptional job with this model in that the mouldings are superb and the fit of this resin kit is as good as some smaller injection moulding companiesí offerings. The only down side, and I am nit picking here, is the instructions but even an average modeller with a little research can produce an excellent model.

Well done Neomega. Letís see some more as I cant wait but till then there are many more Yaks to be built!


Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Tony Horton
Page Created 04 July, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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