Friday, 9 December 2011

YAK-15 - work in progress


Built and painted.  Not too bad.
This is one of the PM kits I picked up recently at Telford.  A small box contained a modest number of parts - rather in the manner of an old Airfix series 1 kit.  Given that the YAK retails for £1.99 I was prepared to forgive a few faults!  
I did use some filler, but the only significant problem was the fit (it didn't!) of the canopy.  The technique I adopted involved much trimming, sanding, cursing and finally - filling.
No pilot figure was supplied, and as there were no suitable candidates in the spares box I decided to build the model 'wheels down'. If anyone has a load of spare 1/72 pilots I'd be pleased to hear about it!
The box and it's contents.
The PM kits seem to have a variety of origins.  I think this one might be what we used to call East European.
The parts fit was OK, but not perfect - again think old Airfix.
There were a few bits of flash to remove - but not much - and the pilot's chair resembles those fitted in the 1970s Hillman Avenger. 

16 comments:

Ross Mac said...

It has always seemed odd to be to have a series of combat aircraft named after a hairy ox but then I once spent 12 hours in the belly of a Buffalo, flying north to Hudson's Bay so perhaps hairy bovines and airplanes just go together in some cosmic way that escapes me.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
I think the hairy ox may have more design integrity than the YAK-15! '12 hours in the belly of a buffalo'? Was this your christmas pantomime costume?

Don M said...

I feel your pain Ross, having spent my fair share of time in
the belly of various transport aircraft!Web strap seats are not long on comfort!

Tim,
Nice cold war pain job, sorry the canopy was such a pain!

Paul said...

Despite its faults, you have done well Tim.

The pilot issue is something that is crying out to be resolved by some company that wants to make some money.

Imagine seeing on the shelves or the net a box of 5 WW2 pilots, bone domed modern pilots or helicopter crews.

Would I by a set of each, yes I would!

Nice post on the build, and good work.

Tim Gow said...

Don M
'pain job?'. It wasn't that bad!

Tim Gow said...

Paul
A good marketing ploy for someone! It's not a great kit, but for less than £2 who's complaining? Completed model coming soon.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Corker of a piece of kit :)

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
Between French bridge layers and dodgy Russian jets youre having a hell of a week!

spprojectblog said...

Nice work- pretty sure I've got one in the shed somewhere....

Reiver Castings/ under the bEd offer a pack of 5 WW1 pilots- might they be suitable for what you want?

Cheers,

Pete.

Tim Gow said...

Spprojectblog
Thanks. It's certainly an unusual aircraft.

Conrad Kinch said...

Certainly it is nice - but where does one put the horses?

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
I suspect that on low-tech airfields you tie one to each under cart leg.

Don M said...

Tim Gow said...
Don M
'pain job?'. It wasn't that bad!


Sorry mate, I owe you a (T) lol

Tim Gow said...

Don M
And again you offer me a cue line. Milk and no sugar please.

Greek_Geek said...

Tim, Revell has sets of both German and British WWII pilots. The British set has 9 or 12 and the German one 4 or 5.

Dimitri

Tim Gow said...

Greek Geek
Thanks Dimitri - I'll check these out.