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|Catalogue Number and
||No Catalogue Number - Yak-9
No Catalogue Number- Yak-9T/K Correction
|Contents and Media:
||Resin and Vacform
||Accurate shape; simple breakdown for
conversion (no cutting required); crisp and subtle surface features;
major improvement over kit fuselage parts; excellent quality casting; inexpensive for this medium.
||Some sanding and filling will be
required for fuselage centreline join.
|| Highly Recommended for moderately experienced
modellers and Soviet aircraft enthusiasts
ICM's 1/48 scale
Yak-9 kits are nicely detailed and inexpensive kits, but they suffer from
some accuracy problems. As outlined by Mike Good in a 1999 review on HyperScale,
the fuselage cross-section is too oval, panel lines are crude and out of
position, and the canopy shape is poor.
Gremlin Models of Yugoslavia has already released a full 1/48 scale kit of the
significant but neglected Lavochkin
La-5 early in 2001, and a replacement fuselage to correct ICM's Yak-7 kits. Now they have turned their attention to the Yak-9.
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 in both sets are total replacements for the kit fuselage halves. A new
rudder, horizontal tailplanes, wheels and a couple of vacformed canopies are also
included in both sets.
The casting quality of these substantial resin sets is greatly improved over
the earlier releases. The resin is smooth and flawless. Detail on all parts is
extremely crisp. There are also no casting attachment points or blocks on the
fuselage, so cleanup will be very quick. The overall standard of casting is
Research for the correction set was undertaken with the help of factory
drawings, photographs and preserved examples of the Yak-9 family.
Yak 9 Conversion
All of ICM's Yak-9 kits are based on mid to late production variants with the
cockpit relocated 15½" rearward compared to the original production model. This
modification was originally required to make room for the big 37mm cannon fitted
in the fuselage of the tank-busting Yak-9T, but the rearward location of the
cockpit was later standardised across all production variants.
Gremlin's Yak-9 conversion will permit the modeler to accurately depict a
"standard" early production Yak-9 or Yak-9D with the original forward-position
In addition to moving the location of the cockpit opening, the resin fuselage
halves include structural detail on the interior sidewalls. The outside of the
fuselage features greatly improved and accurately positioned surface details.
The subtle shape of the oil-cooler intake is also well captured (a noticeable
improvement over the kit part), and the fuselage cross-section is less oval.
Yak-9T/K Correction Set
The same comments apply to this correction set as above, except that the
cockpit position is to the rear as is appropriate for the Yak-9T and later
Panel lines have been modified compared to the early Yak-9 too.
Two vacform replacement canopies plus a third separate rear section are supplied
to replace ICM's horrible clear parts. They are not bad - quite clear but
they definition for the canopy framing is a little soft.
All the resin pieces are complete replacements for ICM parts, so almost no
surgery to the kit will be required.
These are terrific conversions/corrections for ICM's kit of the most widely
used fighter in the WWII inventory of the VVS.
The quality of Gremlin's products is now up there with the league of
mainstream resin manufacturers, and the improvements in accuracy and detail
offered by the replacement fuselages are very obvious.
If you do decide you want one of these Gremlin correction sets, you'd better
get in quick. Only 100 of each are being produced!
Highly Recommended to any modelers with some experience working with resin, 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 07 June, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003
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