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

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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!

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

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    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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