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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 16:50 
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Here's another one finished. Quite a nice kit but does require some elbow grease. Nice interior detail OOB. I added resin exhausts, seat belts and instrument panel from Yahu - if you haven't seen these you don't know what you're missing on your larger scale models.

ImageIMG_6373 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Paints are AK Interactive acrylics which airbrushed nicely thinned with water. Their Russian WWII colours seem to me to be spot on.

ImageIMG_6374 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

I use these the Uschi vd Rosten paint templates to get a really nice random weathered effect. Brilliant model accessory :

ImageIMG_6375 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 16:55 
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Kit decals were great. I used Tamiya X-22 acrylic gloss varnish to provide a nice smooth surface for them. They were then sealed with another X-22 ayer. This was followed by enamel wash and pastel weathering. Acrylic X-22 must be left to dry for a day and form a bullet-proof barrier to protect your model when applying solvent based washes. Final matt coat was Tamiya TS-80 flat celar dispensed from the can into the airbrush. This is the best matt varnish I've ever used. Exhaust stains the final bit using highly thinned Tamiya X-20 grey and brown.

ImageIMG_6361 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_6360 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_6353 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 16:58 
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The Yak-3 was a small aircraft - smaller than the Bf 109 and FW190 but by all accounts gave as good as they could take. Large portions of the wing and fuselage were made of wood, hence the lack of panel line detail. I'm a big fan of Russian and Italian WWII single engine fighters - we need more kits of these [-o< :

ImageIMG_6362 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_6363 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Just look at that instrument panel :shock: :D

ImageIMG_6364 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2020, 19:38 
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Great work Mistral! :smt023 =D>

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