Eduard, 1/48 scale
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||Eduard Kit No. 1126 - Yak-1b Limited
|Contents and Media:
||90 parts in grey plastic;
14 parts in clear; colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; markings for four aircraft.
||Sold out on Eduard's website.
Available in limited numbers from retail outlets worldwide at around
||Based on the excellent Accurate
Miniatures Yak-1b kit; very high level of detail supplied on plastic and
photo-etched parts; plenty of ordnance options including
drop tanks, rockets and skis (marked "not for use"); includes colour photo-etched parts for harness and
instrument panel, and masks for wheels and canopies; very high quality
plastic; narrow sprue attachments; simple construction; excellent instructions and packaging.
||Wrong canopy supplied in my sample.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Yak-1b will
be available online from Squadron.com
When they were released in the 1990s, Accurate
Miniatures' 1/48 scale aircraft kits set new standards in quality and
detail that are rarely matched even today. Their 1998 family of Yak-1
models was one of several bold subject choices, tackling important
aircraft that had not been adequately depicted in plastic. In common
with their other offerings of the time, Accurate Miniatures' Yak-1s
boasted excellent attention detail, crisp mouldings, outstanding surface
features and good fit.
What more could anyone ask for in a Yak-1?
How about colour photo-etch parts, canopy and
wheel masks, plus five colourful new marking options?
Eduard from the Czech Republic, a first-class kit
manufacturer in its own right, has added their own detail parts, masks
and decals to a number of previously released kits over the years via
its "Flashback" label and, more recently, in a Limited Edition series.
The latest Eduard Limited Edition kit contains
the plastic from Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale Yak-1b, comprising 90
parts in grey coloured plastic and 14 parts in clear; combined with a
large new colour photo-etched fret; masking sheet; and three decal sheets
with markings for six aircraft..
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The kit is state of the art in terms of quality of
injection moulded parts, detail and markings.
Eduard's packaging is very modeller-friendly. Sprues are packed,
singly or in pairs, in resealable bags with each pair of sprues
interlocked to prevent scuffing.
The styrene sprues contain the familiar plastic parts from Accurate
Miniatures' 1998 Yak-1b.
Surface detail is excellent. Panel lines are consistent and finely
engraved. Subtly recessed rivets are also present in limited (but
appropriate) locations. Please note that, for the close-up photographs on this page, I have
turned the parts to reflect the light and highlight the rivets. When
viewed under normal light they are very restrained.
Moulding quality has not suffered in the last decade, with beautifully
crisp mouldings and only one minor sink mark on top of one aileron, a
shallow sink line on the bottom of the other, and a few ejector pin
circles on the inside of the undercarriage doors.
The rudder and elevators are fixed in the neutral position, but ailerons
are supplied separately. I really like the fabric texture of the control
The main undercarriage offers the choice of weighted (bulged and
flattened) or unweighted tyres. Although not used in any of the marking
options for this boxing, the full sprue containing skis is also included
in this kit.
Ordnance options include rockets and drop tanks.
The kit is not overly complex, and includes plenty of perfectly
aligned locating pins.
Clear parts should include the sliding canopy but my
sample incorrectly contained the "razorback" canopy from the Yak-1. I
will request a replacement from Eduard, whose customer service
department has a well-earned reputation for prompt service. In the
meantime, I have included a photo (below) from Eduard's website of the
canopy parts that should be included in this kit.
The colour photo-etched fret adds gorgeous, intricate detail
to the excellent plastic parts.
This fret provides the harness, instrument panel and side consoles in
plus supplementary metal detail parts for the cockpit and aircraft
exterior. The instrument panel should look fantastic when assembled,
incorporating all the tiny details of the dials and the characteristic
coloured surrounds of the engine gauges.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of canopy and wheel
masks in Eduard's new, thin flexible yellow masking material.
Instructions are supplied in an A-5 size 12 page loose
leaf booklet. This is accompanied by six pages of full-colour marking
guides, each with a four-view illustration.
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Markings are provided for six colourful aircraft. Four
are finished in the early-war VVS scheme of Green and Black over Light
Blue, with one in whitewashed upper surfaces and a final example in a
striking Light Grey and Light Blue combination with red tail surfaces
and spinner. Decals look to be very
thin and of high quality.
Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale Yak-1b is still a great kit. The
addition of Eduard's colour photo-etch parts, masks and new decals take
it to an even higher level.
Keep in mind, however, that this is a genuinely limited edition
offering. Prior to receiving the review sample, I ordered one of these
kits online on the first day of its release. I visited the website about
a week later to check the progress of my order and was amazed to see
that the kit had already sold out.
You will still have the chance to pick up one of these kits from
retail outlets, but I suggest that if you want one, you pick it up when
you see it!
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
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Page Created 26 December, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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