Arma Yakovlev Yak-1b Batch Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

The only thing that I’d have liked to have seen added to the Arma kit is the option to pose the canopy open. It’s a shame to enclose all that cockpit detail, but the single-piece canopy is transparent enough to still allow much of the interior to be seen. The kabuki tape masks are a plus, and an inexpensive way for a manufacturer to add value to a kit.
Everything fits like a glove. The only filler needed was a swipe of Perfect Plastic Putty around the canopy seam.
One of the marking options on the Exito decal sheet is for an overall light blue Yak with a dark gray tail. Exito provides a decal for the white cheat line which separates the colors but I didn’t trust myself to hit the color separation exactly so I masked off the cheat line.
All three Yaks were painted in the “gray” scheme of AMT 12 / 11 / 7. The Dark Gray AMT 11 faded quickly so you could mix it lighter than I’ve chosen here if you prefer.
The Exito decals performed flawlessly with Micro Set & Sol. There are decals to replicate the artwork on both sides of the aircraft if you desire, but I suspect it was only carried on one side so the other sides are more standard. There is some carrier film at the serpent’s mouth which must be removed for the decal to fit around the horizontal stabilizer, so be forewarned if you like these markings.
Here is a view of the underside of the finished model. Fit is excellent and the delicate surface detail is visible under an acrylic wash. I really like the depth and detail of the wheelwells.
All three finished models posed together for a group shot.  I have been quite pleased with everything I’ve seen from Arma and their Yaks are no exception.  They are excellent kits, well detailed and engineered.  If you need a “box shaker” to restore your modeling mojo this would make a great choice.

More completed Yak-1b pictures here:

16 thoughts on “Arma Yakovlev Yak-1b Batch Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

  1. Hi Jeff, magnificent work as usual! I build mostly ships, haven’t done an airplane in a while… could you post details of the paint (what you use for glosscoat for decaling, what acrylic wash, final clearcoat, etc.) I would like to learn!

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    1. Hi Tim, I use Testors Glosscoat, thinned 50/50, and apply another thin layer over decals to seal them, Then a wash with an acrylic “sludge wash” (a mix of dark acrylic paint, water, and a few drops of dish soap). The excess can be removed with a wet Q-tip. You can also use one of the panel line washes like those from Tamiya. Finish off with thinned Testors Dullcoat. Hope this helps!

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