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Giannis Kaltapanidis (skarabaios)

Oh, the cockpit...


4 | 4. July 2020, 12:55
Giannis Kaltapanidis
You gotta love cockpits! Kits inside a kit. Finishing one gives you the same pleasure as the entire kit, and motivates you to put some more effort to the rest of it.
All of them? This one in particular doesn't!
It actually is a bloody nightmare! Plastics don't fit, P.E.s don't fit, the floor piece was crooked in a way that nothing around it fitted, and i had to cut it...
The instruction sheet, is simply... ridiculus, with pieces floating in the air and attaching themselves simultaneously alltogether to form a cockpit that, magically pulled underneeth from a hole, fits into the fuselage!
In reality, dry fitting reveals that... nothing fits! P.E.s snapping out of position due to excessive preassure, pieces need sanding, some others..."rearrangement", and I guess I'll be needing a lot of putty and some styrene pieces to fill in the gaps left underneeth.

I've been longing to make an Eduard model, heard so many nice comments but now, not being an experienced modeller, I really wonder if I can pull this off. Let's see how that one goes...
4. July 2020, 12:58
Giannis Kaltapanidis
At last the fuselage is closed, cockpit sealed with a layer of matt varnish, ready for primer.
There wasn't a single joint that didn't need sanding, lots and lots of glue to retain the contour of the plane, cover the huge "stairs" that the joint pieces created, opposite pieces with different thickness and so on.
The model is a mess, i had to use virtually every tool in my inventory to manage it.
26. July 2020, 19:03
Björn Svedberg
Saw your comment on my Hurricane build and found this build in your projects. I've been wanting to build a Yak-1b for a long time and just got the Zvezda kit, so I'm following your build with interest! Really nice progress! 👍
21. October 2020, 18:35
Giannis Kaltapanidis
Thank's Bjorn! Hope Svezda's kit is much better than Eduard's :) ...
22. October 2020, 06:53


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1:48 Yak-1b (Eduard 1194)
Yakovlev Yak-1B
SU Military Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (Soviet Air Force 1918-1991)
1 Flight, 427 IAP (Capt. Pavel M. Chuvileu, CO)
August 1943 - Sokolniki Air Field

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