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Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale
Yakovlev Yak-1

by John Swarbrick

Yakovlev Yak-1


Tamiya's 1/48 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien is available online from Squadron




Here is my recently completed Yak-1 from AM.  I went for an early machine without a radio fit and the early canopy style in generic VVS colours.


The build is more or less OOB although I did add some seat belts from HGW. The kit builds up reasonably straightforwardly needing a bit of fettling here and there. But nothing too serious and the level of detail and moulding is very nice. 


I used AKAN’s VVS colours to paint the model. I made some masks for the red star insignia and painted these on. Weathering is a combination of thinly sprayed enamels and pastels.  With a general panel wash made from pastel, dish soap and water fr I also used a silver water colour pencil for some scratch marks and a silver gel pen to replicate greater wear on some metallic panels. I’d happily build another AM Yak and have the Eduard re-boxing of the Yak 1b to build at some point.

Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2018 by John Swarbrick
Page Created 17 July, 2018
Last Updated 17 July, 2018

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