Ok so h ere's the last of the 3 I had done before starting this thread. It's a Yak-1
, operated by the USSR
. This particular plane was flown by Lilia Litvyak
, one of many female combat pilots who fought for the Soviet Union in WWII.
First, a cockpit view. The kit is done by Accurate Miniatures
and it was a pretty decent kit, but doesn't come with a pilot! It figures... Oh well. I was able to get a resin Yak
-3 pilot on eBay and modify the seat to make it correct for the Yak-1. I also softened the facial features a bit to make the pilot look feminine. The results were... mixed. Resin isn't an easy material to work with.
For the cockpit this time, I masked the clear part with Elmer's glue and painted over it. It peeled off very nicely and successfully produced a much cleaner canopy frame. I've read that other experienced modelers hate to use it because it's so difficult to peel, but I found that if you paint the glue on nice and thick, it'll peel off fine. You can see the painted canopy with the glue on it in the first post in this thread.
The Soviet Union featured many female combat pilots, who did very well. In one incident, a captured German ace who had been shot down by Lilia Litvyak asked to meet the pilot who had defeated him. When he saw Ms. Litvyak, he didn't believe he'd been shot down by a teenage girl... That is, until she described in detail how the dogfight had gone and how she got him. He was so impressed, he offered her his wristwatch as a gift. She refused, saying "I do not accept gifts from my enemies." Hardcore.
A view of the left side. I wired up the antenna from the mast to the tip of the tail, but it's too slack. I may go back and redo it.
Those clear disc shaped windows on the wings are actually the fuel gauges! The pilot would look out onto the wing to see how much fuel was left. There was one on each side.
Here's the right side. The camo pattern was done with an airbrush. I haven't used an airbrush in MANY years, but I think it turned out okay.
As with the other fighters I've built so far, the Yak-1 was equipped with a V-type engine, not unlike a car. The exhaust pipes sticking out of the sides of the nose are a characteristic of aircraft equipped with these engines.
And the bottom view.
As always, the landing gear are partly visible when retracted. The tail wheel is also visible when retracted on this type of fighter. It's kinda funny to me that there would be red stars on the underside but not the top of the wings.
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