The box says Encore, but Scalemates indicates this kit was first issued by Dakoplast in 1997, then Encore, then Eastern Express, and finally Modelist. As Marc mentioned in comments to the build thread the sprues match the ICM kit. I enclosed the wheelwells, replaced the wheels, and substituted a vacuform canopy for the awful kit piece. The model represents a generic Yak-9T of the 3rd FAC operating in the Kursk area, summer 1943.
Ivan Golubin was credited with 13 personal and 2 group victories, and was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. He died when the MiG-3 he was piloting crashed in bad weather on 01NOV42. The model depicts the aircraft he flew with the 434th FAR in July 1942 over Stalingrad.
Vladimir Zalevskiy was credited with 17 personal and 23 group victories. He was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union, but was shot down and killed on 05JUN43. This was the aircraft he flew with the 157th FAD during the summer of 1943.
Vladimir Orekhov was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union for achieving 19 personal and 3 shared victories during the Great Patriotic War. The model depicts his aircraft during the fall of 1942 while operating with the 434th FAR on the Stalingrad Front.
Anton Yakimenko was credited with 3 personal and 4 shared victories against the Japanese in 1939 in Khalkin Gol. His total eventually reached 15 victories and he was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. The model represents his personal aircraft as commander of the 150 GIAR in Slovakia at the end of the war.
Garri Merkviladza was credited with 13 personal and 2 shared victories, for which he was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. The model represents his aircraft while flying with the 152 GIAP, 1st Ukrainian Front in the spring of 1945. The inscription reads “I take revenge for Vanya Korniyenko”.