Monday, 12 December 2011

YAK-15 'Feather'

The YAK-15 is now complete and has begun it's glittering career as a dust gatherer on a shelf.  It was a kit I build for the sake of doing so as I think it is an interesting aeroplane.  One of the earlier postwar (1946) jet aircraft, it is basically a YAK-3 airframe with the piston engine replaced with a copy of a Junkers Jumo 004 jet engine.  Although this sounds (and looks) like a bit of a lash-up, given that the YAK-3 was a pretty good aircraft and that the 004 was the engine used in the Me-262 it could all have been a lot worse.
I used one of the two sets of numbers which came with the kit, but binned the red stars (the printing was somewhat vague...) and replaced them with some I had in stock.
280 YAK-15 were built and it's main use was to facilitate pilot conversion training - a task no doubt eased by the familiar layout  and landing gear.

9 comments:

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Tim,

A very nice model of a querky aircraft. One wonders how it might have fared against British or US fighters had the Cold War turned hot in the late 1940s.

All the best,

Bob

Paul said...

Top class work Tim! I like the Saab 29 which looks similar, but seems much more grunty.

Tim Gow said...

Bob
Hmm... There's a game in there somewhere. Oh no!

Tim Gow said...

Paul
The Saab 29 appeared a few years later and looks a lot chunkier. But as a Saab (car!) driver I may be biased. Interestingly, apart from the YAK-15, the only other jet converted from a prop-driven aircraft to see service was the Saab 21R of 1947.

Don M said...

Very Nice work Tim.

Not too long ago I watched an interesting tv show on how US intelligence stole one of these from Bulgaria and brought it back put it together tested it, disassembled it, then returned it!

Tim Gow said...

Don M
Mine wasn't stolen in Bulgaria but (somewhat less glamorously) bought in Telford. I hope the US intel guys had an easier job getting the canopy to fit!

west1871 said...

Great job Tim, I love a good Ruskie plane.Cracking job.

Cheers Rich.

Tim Gow said...

West 1871
Thanks Rich - I can assure you it looks a lot better in the photos than in reality!

Conrad Kinch said...

It just occurred to me Tim, what do you do with all these planes?