ICM 1/48th scale

Yak-7DI/9 Early

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     Is it a Yak-7 or a Yak-9 by ICM? Yes, a very confused Kit. Aeromaster seem convinced this is a Yak-7B. Who knows? Some of the many accessories include:

 

  • Aeromaster Decals 48-642 Yak 3, 7B, 9 and 9P VVS 1943-47 (5) Yak 3

  • Aeromaster Decals 48-505 Yak-1, 7 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

  • Aeromaster Decals 48-622 “The Russians are Here” Part 1 – Yakovlev Tak-1B, 3, 7B, 9P & 9T

  • Aeromaster Decals 48-525 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

  • Extratech Seatbelts for VVS Aircraft of the GPW

  • Pavla Resin Upgrade set for 'Jak-7'

  • Parts Accessories Photoetch details for Yak-9

  • Squadron Vac Formed Canopy

  • Falcon Clearvax Vac Formed Canopy (early/late) set 3748

  • Eduard Photoetch Detail includes seatbelts, cockpit, radiator and undercarriage parts

  • Gremlin Yak-9 Resin Conversion Kit

  • Moskit Blast Tubes for 12.7mm UB machine guns

  • Part Yak-9 Flaps photoetch S48-018

  • Engines & Things ENG48040 Klimov M-103

  • Tally Ho Pro-Masks Pre Cut Vinyl Masks

ICM 1/48th scale Yak-7DI/9 Early

  • Moskit Exhaust Pipes

  • Model Point Landing Gear

  • Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels

  • Quickboost QB48273 Exhaust

  • Quickboost QB48274 Control Lever (Joysticks x 3)

Kit Photos

ICM 1/48th scale Yak-7DI/9 Early ICM 1/48th scale Yak-7DI/9 Early    
The underside of the box shows the artwork for the Yak-7DI/Yak-9 (early) of Major M. Albert 303 IAP Summer 1944. The bagged sprues, instruction sheet and decals. Note the clear parts are in the main bag and not stored separately.    

Aftermarket Extras - Yak-7 and Yak-9

Eduard photoetch set 48-321 for "Jak-7" Eduard photoetch set 48-321 for "Jak-7" Moskit Blast Tubes for 12.7mm UB machine guns for the Yak-7B Moskit Exhaust Pipe sets for Yak-7
One Eduard photoetch set 48-321 for "Jak-7" in their new-style packaging that is 'one-size-fits-all'. The same Eduard set in their original packaging. There are three of these yielding four in total - one for each of the Yak-7's I have. Moskit Blast Tubes for 12.7mm UB machine guns for the Yak-7B although you will have to display this with the engine panels off to see them. I presently have five of the Moskit Exhaust Pipe sets for Yak-7 but the set also fits the Yak-1 so I would need seven in total if you include my Yak-1 collection.
Pavla Resin Upgrade set for "YaK-7" Part Photoetch Yak-7 Flaps Falcon Clear Vax Canopy Set Number 37  
The Pavla Resin Upgrade set for "YaK-7". For a detailed review download this. Part Photoetch Yak-7 Flaps. Purchased in November 2007 from Roll Models.

Falcon Clear Vax Canopy Set Number 37.

 
Gremlin Yak-9 Resin Conversion Kit Gremlin Yak-9 Resin Conversion Kit Gremlin Yak-9 Resin Conversion Kit Gremlin Yak-9 Resin Conversion Kit
The Gremlin Yak-9 Resin Conversion Kit for ICM. Probably better suited to this Kit than the Yak-7 equivalent. Instructions for this correction set for Yak-9 D, DD, T & K. This can make an early "average" Yak-9.

The parts for the Gremlin Correction set showing the inside of the replacement fuselage sides.

The parts for the Gremlin Correction set showing the outside of the replacement fuselage sides.
UB Blast tubes suitable for the Yak-9 Moskit Yak-9/LaGG-3 metal exhaust pipes Part photoetch Yak-9 flaps
UB Blast tubes suitable for the Yak-9. These go around the ends of the barrels underneath the engine cowling. Six sets of the Moskit Yak-9/LaGG-3 metal exhaust pipes. Part photoetch detail set for the Yak-9. Part photoetch Yak-9 flaps.
Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels      
Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels for ICM, Classic Airframes, Hobbycraft, MiG-3, Yak-7, Yak-9, LaGG-3, La-5 & La-7.      

Decals

Aeromaster set 48-505 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 1 Aeromaster set 48-505 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 1 Aeromaster set 48-505 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 1 Aeromaster set 48-505 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 1
The Aeromaster set 48-505 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 1. Obviously Aeromaster and ICM do not agree on the Yak-7B. The kit is 'razorback' (as are all the ICM Yak-7's) whilst the decals show a curious aircraft with cut-down rear fuselage. This problem renders the sole Yak-7B on this sheet quite useless to us. However it may be of more use for this Yak-9 'early'? However, all is not lost as the sheet has markings for the Yak 1 and 9U.
Aeromaster decal set 48-622 "The Russian are Here!" Part 1 Aeromaster decal set 48-622 "The Russian are Here!" Part 1 Aeromaster decal set 48-622 "The Russian are Here!" Part 1 AML's "Stalin's Eagles in Yaks II" decal sheet nbr 48001
Aeromaster decal set 48-622 "The Russian are Here!" Part 1 features Yak-1B, 3, 7B, 9P & 9T. Which is good because it too has so-called Yak-7B's that are nothing like ICM's model. This was the first Aeromaster set to use the work of Erik Pilawskii and his "Aircraft and Markings of the Soviet Air Forces of the Great Patriotic War, 1941-45". This means they stopped using FS Colour references and started using "AMT". Apparently the sheet advises you to use the ICM kit with the "Airwaves" Nose. Obviously the two Yak-7B's on this sheet are also 'non-razorback' as the kit depicts. Also useless. AML's "Stalin's Eagles in Yaks II" decal sheet nbr 48001. It features two Yak-9's and two Yak-9T's.
AML's "Stalin's Eagles in Yaks II" decal sheet nbr 48001 AML's "Stalin's Eagles in Yaks II" decal sheet nbr 48001 Aeromaster's "Falcons of the Red Star" Part II number 48-525 Aeromaster's "Falcons of the Red Star" Part II number 48-525
The decals sheet refers only to the recommended Kit of the ICM Yak-7DI/9 48041 which implies it is ideal for the kit featured here. The sheet gives good camouflage details but the camouflage shades quoted use no technical reference. However, reference to Erik's work should reveal all. Aeromaster's "Falcons of the Red Star" Part II number 48-525. The only reference quoted is "Yak Perioda 1941-1945gg v Polkakh VVS" Vol 2 by A V Stankov. This is the same reference as used by the AML Sheet. Good coverage of the camouflage pattern is supplied but spurious FS numbers are supplied for the colour shades.
Aeromaster's "Falcons of the Red Star" Part II number 48-525 Aeromaster's "Falcons of the Red Star" Part II number 48-525 Aeromaster's "The Russians are Here!" Part II 48-642 Aeromaster's "The Russians are Here!" Part II 48-642
The sheet features two Yak-1B's as well as a Yak-9, Yak-9T and Yak-9U. Aeromaster sheet 48-525 in detail. There are some decorative options here. Aeromaster's "The Russians are Here!" Part II set include Yak-3, 7B, 9 & 9P. I accidentally purchased two of this set. The first was used on the Eduard Yak-3 Project pictured elsewhere.

For some reason I simply forgot to keep a record of this one in my Decal-bank. So now I have a spare. Much that was said about the set 48-622 can be said here.

Aeromaster's "The Russians are Here!" Part II 48-642 Aeromaster's "The Russians are Here!" Part II 48-642    
Having already used this set I know that the technical quality of the decal is second to none. The set references Erik Pilawskii and doesn't use those spurious FS colour numbers any more. The decal sheet itself. I thought it looked familiar.    

 

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