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Russian aircraft of WWII
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1/72 Yak-1b from Arma Hobby
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 06:30 AM UTC
I have become a bit of an Armaholic during the last year and today two samples of Wojtek's latest masterpiece arrived in the mail! I put in a preorder for these back in August and was awarded with an extra overtrees kit so this will be a double build.


As ususal, beautiful box art!


A generous selection of different marking options. I'll go for the top one with the yellow spinner and Polish chess board (after all the kits are Made in Warsaw ) and the bottom one from Normandie-Niemen. That will give me a bit of variety when it comes to painting as well, one grey and one green!


As usual with Arma, everything is kept on one single sprue. Perfect for Magnus the Slow Builder! There is also a small piece of etch and masks, something I suspect will only be included in the "Expert"-boxings. Only one set of masks by the way, I'll have to do the other one the old fashioned way...


Surface detail (even if there isn't a load of it on a Yak)...


...is nearing Eduard quality. With every new kit released they get a bit sharper!


And finally I couldn't resist these. I am a rookie when it comes to Soviet paints so this was the easy way out (and it has NOTHING to do with the attractive packaging ).

So, let's put knife to plastic!



Magnus
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:22 AM UTC
Well, Magnus, it would seem that you are working your way through all of the kits on my shopping wish list!

Your next planned build wouldn't happen to be a Tamiya P-47 by any chance?

Anyway's this kit from Arma looks great! Following with interest as always!

Now, if only someone would do a modern tool of the Yak 9 in 1/72...

PS. It looks like I've taken the Airfix guy title, as you've taken up Armaholic guy!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 09:23 AM UTC
It does look very good Magnus. The trailing edge on the rudder looks sharp and the engraved detail looks excellent. Look forward to your build
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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 09:07 AM UTC
Russell! Nope, no T-bolt! I think I have a Hasegawa Razorback in my stash somewhere but no Tamiya... Can you get Arma in Australia or do you have to buy them directly from Poland? And the Yak-9? That's a kit you won't need to import from overseas, I have a High Planes kit of it. Thoroughly recommended for building modelling stamina, character and karma !

Tim! The plastic parts are remarkably sharp and fit looks very promising.


Two kits but etch for only one. For the radiators and the oil coolers, there are grilles for both front and rear faces. Since front and rear are identical, I opted for using the etch on both kits and adding the parts to the forward facing surfaces.


I am not sure how much the etch really adds...


...but there weren't too much of it so on it went!


Seat belts can be made from tape, and it actually shapes a bit better than the etch!



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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:47 PM UTC

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Russell! Nope, no T-bolt! I think I have a Hasegawa Razorback in my stash somewhere but no Tamiya... Can you get Arma in Australia or do you have to buy them directly from Poland? And the Yak-9? That's a kit you won't need to import from overseas, I have a High Planes kit of it. Thoroughly recommended for building modelling stamina, character and karma !


Hi Magnus
Mmm, the Tamiya P-47 is reputedly one of the best 1/72 kits on the market, so it's definitely on the shopping list.

Yes, no problem getting Arma kits in Australia. So the Hurricane and Yak 1 will be no problem. Whether the Dora Wings Lysander will make it, well, we'll have to wait and see

As for building stamina, character and karma, well, I have ship kits for that

Back to the Yak though. Building up very nicely in these early stages!
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Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 06:58 PM UTC
Russell! Ship kits are on a whole different planet than anything I build. I have been looking longingly on Hasegawa's Gambier Bay escort carrier with all the goodies but I know that I would never be able to finish it so it has to stay a dream... I also realise that for a first shop model, it might border on too complex... Lysander is on my wish list as well !


This is a method that is forbidden in the southern part of Sweden where I cut my first pieces of plastic but I've been using it ever since I moved to the more liberal city of Stockholm. White primer and then airbrushing black from an angle to get the shadows in place before painting the main colours. Note that I have also for once tried to mask as many mating surfaces as possible, dry fitting suggests that this might be a good idea since fit does seem to be absolutely top notch.


I decided to use (after jumping from conversion table to conversion table in far too many steps) Tamiya XF-53 with a bit of white in it for Soviet Interior Steel Grey. I have no idea what it really should look like but XF-53 is the perfect choice for "whatever-grey" I think !


And now detail painting is on! A bit more work to do during the weekend and my forbidden practice from above will need to be enhanced with a wash. I might have a pair of complete Yaks by Sunday evening!



Magnus
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 10:01 PM UTC
Looking good Magnus. Yup I've taken to masking mating surfaces too, so much easier than trying to scrape off unwanted paint, or fighting against really fine tolerances...
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 10:28 PM UTC
Russell! Thanks!


After a dark wash to further deepen the shadows a bit...


...and mounting the interior parts into the fuselage sides, there probably will be a bit of major assembly done this afternoon!

Note that instrument panel is plastic kit panel with the supplied decal added, nice! I didn't bother with the PE for this part, it didn't add anything extra.



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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 10:56 PM UTC
The instrument panel looks great Magnus, as does the rest of the cockpit. Even if they don't approve in the southern part of Sweden
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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 - 07:20 AM UTC

I've spent an hour this evening assembling both Yaks. Fit is close to perfect if assembled with care.



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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC
Looking superb Magnus!

Really keen to see them in contrasting colour schemes
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 05:06 AM UTC
Magnus,

great performance on those Yaks. Creating shadows the way You do sounds rather interesting. I will give it a try.

Keep on posting!

Oliver