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|Catalogue Number and
||No Catalogue Number - Yak-7
Correction Set for ICM
|Contents and Media:
||Resin and Vacform
||Accurate shape; simple breakdown for
conversion (no cutting required); inexpensive for this medium.
||Waxy resin; soft panel detail;
vacform canopy average quality only.
|| Recommended for experienced
modellers and Soviet aircraft enthusiasts
ICM's 1/48 scale
Yak-7 kits are nicely detailed and inexpensive kits, but they suffer from
some accuracy problems. These are associated with the profile of the fuselage,
the oil cooler housing, the propeller blades and the spinner.
Gremlin Models of Yugoslavia released a full 1/48 scale kit of the
significant but neglected Lavochkin
La-5 early last year. Now they have turned their attention to the Yak-7.
Considering that the ICM kit has many positive aspects, Gremlin Models has
produced a simple yet substantial conversion to correct the outline accuracy issues while using
most of the ICM kit parts.
The main parts are total replacements for the kit fuselage halves. The
differences are the repositioned and resized cockpit opening, the slightly
squared-off nose and the different leading edge profile for the fin. A new
reshaped rudder, spinner, propeller, oil cooler housing and canopy are also
ICM kit fuselage is pictured at the top. Gremlin's resin replacement
is below. Note the position of the cockpit, the shape and size of the
fin and the slant of the upper rear fuselage. Also note the softer
detail on the rear fuselage.
Research for the correction set was undertaken with the help of factory
drawings, photographs and preserved examples of the Yak-7 family at the Yugoslav
references are ambiguous (to say the least) about the shapes of some of these
components, but some areas are definite improvements. These include the
positioning of the cockpit, the shape of the spinner and the new propeller
blades (the prop blades are just plain weird in the ICM kit). I am not
suggesting that other details are not accurate, but it is certainly possible
that variations existed along the production run. The shapes depicted on the
Gremlin set seem to be most applicable to a Yak-7A, but check your own
references carefully when depicting a particular aircraft.
The definition of the resin is a bit disappointing. The parts have a waxy
texture. Thorough cleaning is soapy water will be required. Surface detail on
the ICM kit is very crisp for panel lines and the distinctive fabric covered
rear fuselage, but much of this crispness is lost in the resin replacement
parts. It will be a fairly simple matter to restore panel lines and hatches
using a scriber, but there is no easy way to reproduce the fabric texture.
Nevertheless, the resin is quite thin and only displays one pinhole in the
whole set. There are also no casting blocks, so cleanup will be very fast.
Two vacform replacement canopies are supplied. They are not bad - fairly clear but
they do lack definition for the canopy framing.
All the resin pieces are complete replacements for ICM parts, so almost no
surgery to the kit will be required. Almost, but not quite. The propeller blades
will have to be sliced from the hub to be replaced by Gremlin's individual resin
This is an interesting correction set that will certainly give you a unique
Yak-7. All of the outline problems noted by Mike Good in his 1999 review of the
kit are addressed, and a few more besides. A few minutes with some soapy water
and a few more minutes with a scriber should improve the standard of the resin
If you do decide you want one of these Gremlin correction sets, you'd better
get in quick. Only 100 are being produced!
Recommended to experienced modellers and Soviet WWII enthusiasts.
Thanks to Aleksej Ilic of Gremlin Models for the review sample
Gremlin Models are available
via email enquiry to Gremlin Models
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Page Created 16 January, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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