One of three Accurate Miniatures Yakovlev Yak-1's that I obtained through an
Internet Sale at Squadron.com, or Great Models, or some such, I don't recall
exactly who. It was a long wait to get them shipped but here they are. Even
with shipping they cost less than the GBP Price in the UK. This is the
Yak-1b version which had the cut down rear fuselage. Some of the many accessories you can buy for this kit include:
Aeromaster Decals AMD48505
and 9 (5) White 5 CO Sword Gp red nose; White 47 with white arrow; Both
green camo; White 29 Lt Kizim; White 38 Lt Shokurov; White 32 Maj
Chirkov yellow rudder. Grey camo
Yak-1/7 Pt 2 (5) Yak 1-B Red 12 white a/c; White 28
green/blue; Yak 9 White 17; Red 04; Red 22 all in grey/blue camo
This is the underside of the box whereas
the picture top-right is the box-top itself.
Accurate Miniatures supply a cardboard
divider in the box that separates the Instructions, Decals and Clear
Sprue set 1 with all the Fuselage parts.
Sprue set 2 with the wings.
The Eduard detail set
in Photoetch that doesn't have the flaps - of which I have two sets
The other Eduard
Photoetch set that is the same as that pictured left but also
contains a set of flaps.
Blast Tubes for 12.7mm UB Machine Guns. These go under the engine
cowling so if you want to use these you need to display the
engine. Hence I only have one of these sets.
Moskit again but these are five sets of the Yak-1 Exhaust Pipes. This set
is shared with the Yak-7 Razorback and includes a small cooling air
Clear Vax Canopy Set Number 37.
The Aeromaster Set 48-423 Yak-1b
Fighters offers plenty of choice.
Six aircraft are offered.
It is nice to get detailed data on the
The decal sheet for 48-423
SuperScale set 48-640 from which the
Great Models set is also derived.
Superscale label their Yak-1b's as
"Yak-1M" although this is spurious. Yak-1M was a Yak-3 prototype and
these aircraft definitely do not depict the Yak-3.
One of the aircraft depicted duplicates
the Accurate Miniatures Decals. One of the others also appears on
the Great Models sheet. Two are original to this sheet as far as I
The Great Models set for the Yak-1 & 1b
features two B's: 73rd IAP and Normandie-Niemen.
One of the aircraft depicted has an
Inscription "The railway workers of Rtishchevko" which is also on
the SuperScale sheet above although mislabelled as "Yak-1M".
The Great Models set is produced for
them by Superscale and has strong similarity to SS48640 (above)!
The Aeromaster set 48-505 "Falcons of
the Red Star" Part 1 includes two Yak-1B or three if the dubious
"Yak-1M" is included.
The 'M' shows a different under-fuselage
radiator bath - but that is all. Other models include a Yak-9U and
The 48-505 Decal sheet in full.
The usual effort from Aeromaster which
suggest only Aeromaster Warbird Colours in Acrylic or Enamel.
The Aeromaster decal set 48-525 "Falcons
of the Red Star" Part 2.
As usual Aeromaster are quite good at
suggesting the camo pattern if not the paint. I recommend the White
Ensign Enamels always for VVS subjects.
The set includes two Yak-1b's, a "Yak-9"
(probably a late Yak-7/early Yak-9?), a Yak-9T and 9U.
The Aeromaster Decal sheet itself.
The Aeromaster decal set 48-622 "The
Russians are Here" Part 1. The first Aeromaster set to properly
refer to "AMT colours rather than FS numbers.
The set includes Yak-1b, Yak-3, Yak-7B,
Yak-9P and Yak-9T. This set includes the masks for the Yak-1b "white
This final featured set
is probably the pick of the bunch for the sake of accuracy. However
I am still tempted by the SuperScale set for 18th IAP for Pilot
Sergei Luganski (HSU) with inscription reading "From the youth and
young communists of Alma Ata". Alma Ata is now Almaty - the capital
of Kazakhstan. It is where my dear lady wife was born.
This is the first Aeromaster set to use
the work of Erik A Pilawskii (see "The Aircraft and Markings of the
Soviet Air Forces of the Great Patriotic War 1941-45") hence it is
probably the most accurate set of all those featured here.