Eduard 1/48 Yak-3






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Dr. Frank Spahr


Profipack version

Eduard has expanded business from the production of brass detail sets to entire kits over the last years. Recent examples as already reviewed in this webzine were the He 280 and the X-1. The newest method is producing a kit and selling it in two variants, once as a pure styrene kit and the other, called a Profi Pack, with all those "aftermarket" additions youŽd normally purchase extra. Also available is amongst others a very beautiful P-40 and a Hawker Tempest. Having started modelling afresh with allied planes and having widened the scope to Japanese and more and more German planes, a Russian fighter means a nice change for me. Especially the Yak is (speaking strictly in a subjective way) a beautiful and elegant machine, and the Russians had some nice and colourful markings and camo schemes on their planes.

Peeking into the box shows 2 sprues with 53 finely detailed styrene parts (moderately recessed panel lines) first. Moreover, the box contains weighted resin wheels, 34 useful photoetched parts, a little slide for the instruments as is Eduard custom, very clean clear parts for an opened and a closed canopy, precut masks for the canopy (to be used in conjunction with Maskol or the like), a so-called miniguide, a sheet with 5 color pics of an actual Yak showing several useful details (you might also call it a mini-walkaround) plus last but not least excellently printed decals for 4 a/c with remarkable schemes. 

The instructions are very clear, styled in the Japanese fashion as used from Tamiya, Hasegawa and Dragon. Included is a color reference to Revell, Humbrol, Tamiya, Testors and Aeromaster.

All in all, IŽm really looking forward to build this kit. All the contents seem to be of high quality, and one should be able to produce a beautiful model from them. In the terms of value for money (I bought it for 37,90 DM which should equal something about 20$) the term "outstanding" should be appropriate.