Robert Panek "Yakovlev Yak-9U & P"
Published by Mushroom Model Publication in Poland in 2006. You get
112 high quality and slickly produced pages consisting of type
history for the first thirty pages illustrated with black and white
photo's. However, from that point onwards you get nothing but colour
starting with colour photo's from the Korean War. Then there is a
big section of colour walkaround photo's of examples at the Aviation
Museum in Monino, the Gynia Museum in Prague and the Polish Army
Museum in Warsaw. From page 86 onward you get a whole load of
original colour artworks of different machines. The colour walkaround
photo's from the
present day preserved machines are compared to similar black and
white shots from wartime examples. There are also scrap views
and sketches of certain features such as the engine. This is as much
as you could possibly hope for from a book for the modeller and is
Squadron/Signal "Yak Fighter In Action"
Published by Squadron/Signal in 1986. Written by Hans-Heiri Stapfer
with illustrations by Don Greer and Joe Sewell. Fifty-eight pages
gives you a center spread of colour artworks. This volume covers
I-26 prototypes, Yak-1, Yak-3, Yak-7, Yak-9, Yak-11, Yak-15, Yak-17
and Yak-23. The last three are early jet fighters. Each
subject has a good three view line-drawn layout that could almost
pass as a scale plan. As usual for this In Action series you also
get a reasonable selection of sketches showing the major differences
between each type. Photo's are large but grainy and indistinct. Not
bad although there is better available.
Polygon "The First Yak"
Published by Polygon in Moscow in 1995. Entirely in Russian, this is
widely regarded as the definitive work on the Yak-1 by the VVS
model-making community. You get 136 pages in a good contemporary
feel. The texture is semi-glossy and the photo's are all in black
and white. The photo's are excellent but not in a walkaround style.
The shots are of wartime origin but many show
Yak-1's in a factory production line setting being manufactured or
being repaired in the field. However they are not always well
reproduced. However you do get an impressive twelve pages of scale
plans and diagrams that are said to be of high quality. Additionally
there are seven pages of colour artworks at the rear. This is a must
have for any modeller serious about producing a Yak-1 but the lack
of an English translation limits its appeal.