Hasegawa Yakovlev Yak-3 Build in 1/72 Scale Part I

Continuing on with my Yak effort, this is the Hasegawa Yak-3 first issued in 1991. Hard to believe this is a thirty-year-old kit but there you have it. I picked this one up at a model show for $5, I find it difficult to leave a bargain on the table and there the trouble usually starts!


There are not a lot of parts on this one. Sprue layout is what one would expect.


Markings will be from the AML sheet Soviet Aces in Yakovlev Yak-3s Part II, which provides two options.


Like most Hasegawa kits the cockpit is pretty basic. The seat and most of the interior is built up on top of the center wing section, I like this method as it ensures proper alignment and side-steps the problem of the cockpit floor spreading the fuselage. I added a few bits to spruce things up a little but didn’t go all out on this one.


The kit wheelwells are completely open and you can see into the wing. I added side walls from plastic sheet and detailed the interiors. This is a quick fix which adds a lot to the finished model.


The cockpit is painted and ready to be closed up. Belts are masking tape and I used a decal for the instrument panel. Nothing fancy.


The fit is good from the top. Hasegawa kits generally are lacking in the cockpits and wheelwells but they usually fit well.


This one will need some filling along the fuselage joints on the underside.  There is a gap along the ailerons and flaps where the wing pieces meet.  These will be filled with Perfect Plastic Putty.

14 thoughts on “Hasegawa Yakovlev Yak-3 Build in 1/72 Scale Part I

    1. Not impressed? Brigette, if you’re a better modeler than Jeff, I say show us what you’ve got. Jeff is one of the best 1/72nd scale aircraft and armor modelers I’ve seen.

      If, on the other hand, you’re not impressed with the Yak-3 as an aircraft, to that I say:
      – Jeff is most likely not building a kit of the Yak-3 because he thinks it’s the best a/c ever.
      – It is easy to sit here 75+ years on, fat, dumb, and happy in our easy chairs to throw criticism and point out faults at Soviet aircraft manufacturing or aircraft design. The sheer, super-human effort to uproot their a/c factories in 1941 and get them moved beyond the Ural Mtns. where workers were assembling a/c in factories with no roofs, in winter, in snowstorms/blizzards is mind-boggling IMHO.
      – The Soviet’s development and use of “sphon” (sp?) in VVS a/c of this time period was quite innovative, and essential in their struggle to produce a/c and save on scarce raw materials. (It’s use in the LaGG series caused VVS pilots to derisively refer to their a/c as “Lakirovanny Garantirovanny Grob – the Varnished Guaranteed Coffin” or lacquered coffin.)
      – When it comes to historical subjects, I trust Wikipedia about as far as I can throw my house. You mileage may vary.

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      1. Thanks for the kind words Warren, but I was not offended. I took the comments as directed towards the design. Every aircraft has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, the Yak-3 was so outstanding at low altitudes the Jagdwaffe was instructed to avoid dogfighting with it. It also had one of the best victory / loss ratios of the war.

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      2. Chill out, There were other great Russian aircraft; the shortcomings of this one except for the wings- were common on both allied and axis planes.
        Enough with “Brigette” I’m a guy.


    1. Not at all Warren! It’s hard to account for all the nuance while posting on the internet. I doubt that any of these comments would cause a stir if they were part of a conversation at a model show.


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