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In-Box Review
Yak 7/9 Upgrades
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by: Steffen Arndt [ ALPHA_TANGO ]

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Most modellers will know Vector for their resin engines in 1/48 scale. These were always of a very high quality. For some time, the Russian manufacturer has also ventured into full kits and aftermarket accessories for kits by other producers. The material used is still resin, which is very good for the detail that can be achieved, but requires some different construction techniques to normal plastic kits, especially for gluing.

As a Russian manufacturer Vector deals of course also with homegrown originals. For the ICM model kits of the Yak-7 and Yak-9 Vector produces some update/ correction sets.

VDS 48-027 Propeller & Spinner
This set allows you to replace the kit's prop and spinner for a more correct assembly as neither the spinner nor the prop blades really do the 1:1 original justice. Furthermore the hook for the starter truck is not represented on the kit parts and can of course be reproduced much better in resin than with injection moulded plastic.

As with the other sets I have, the detail on the parts is very good and the casting is flawless. The material used is similar to the resin you get from Aires. There are no instructions included but this is no problem as this set is a replacement for the kit's propeller assembly.

VDS 48-028 - control surfaces
This set is designed to replace all the control surfaces of ICM's Yak-7 and Yak-9 kits. I found it does not fit the ailerons on the late Yak-9 kit but I am not sure if it is just not designed for that or if ICM got that wrong (this was one of their first kits). The tail gets a new rudder and the stabilizers have separate elevators. All parts replace respective kit parts.

The overall detail is far more delicate than the kit parts and I find the representation of the fabric covered framing much finer and more subtle. Also deflected elevators and ailerons always liven up a model in my opinion. ICM's late Yaks especially needs a bit of help here, as they are bit heavily detailed (but see above). The Yak-7/9 (early) is better but the Vector parts are still an improvement. I hope my pictures can show the difference well enough. All trailing edges are very sharp, though you will not need to wear protective gloves.

Again the detail on the parts is very good and the casting is flawless. The set has no instructions included but this is no problem as this set is a replacement for the kit parts.

These are easy to use update sets for your Yak-7/9 and will instantly improve the look of the kit. As this costs extra money it is of course targeted at modellers that want this little extra spice, but the sets can be used by modellers of any experience level..

You can buy these sets via NeOmega, Linden Hill or Sprue Brothers. Thanks to Sergey Kosachev for the review samples.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.

Highs: Highly detailed and flawless casting
Verdict: Simple to use upgrades that will instantly improve ICM's kits.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: U/K
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 2009

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About Steffen Arndt (alpha_tango)

I was born in 1974 and started modelling in the 80ies. The first models I remember are a MiG 21 F-13, Saab Draken (both 1/100) and the Tu-2 (72) all from the east German producer Plastikart. during my first years I built all kind of models mainly 1/72 and 1/100. Beside the mentioned Plasticart kits ...

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NOW they come out with some decent props for the ICM Yak 7. do you know how hard it is to find backward handed prop blades to modify to shape??? jeez!
OCT 06, 2009 - 12:58 PM
Hi Vance Better late than never, as they say. I've got so many ICM Yaks of various versions in the Stash, I'll definitely be after Sergey's sets to bring them up to scratch. All the best Rowan
OCT 06, 2009 - 07:44 PM
Good to know 'cos I think that somewhere there is a started Yak-9...
OCT 06, 2009 - 11:59 PM
Hi guys Glad someone is interested in that stuff, because 1. it is nice and 2. after reviewing the very nice P-39 wheel well nobody seemed to care .. More to come. I already did the German reviews for the P-51 wheel well and the FM-2 correction set (which is really great) ... and then there is the LaGG-3 pit and the P-61 canopy .. . Today I am working on my site, but I try to translate at least one of the other articles for Aeroscale soon ... cheers Steffen
OCT 07, 2009 - 12:31 AM

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