"Stalin's Eagles in Yaks 1"
For the Mikro Kit
AML is a new name to the decal industry and their first few sheets have
shown great promise. This latest addition to their lineup adds some interesting
Yak-1 fighters to the fold. The instructions are very well detailed and
provide information on each plane, including full pilot's information.
A total of three planes are depicted here and each one is given a complete
four-view full-color drawing, showing where all the markings go.
The three planes provided are a Yak-1 flown by Captain M. D. Baranov
of the 183 IAP, summer 1943. This plane carries his scoreboard behind
the cockpit. The second choice
is a red-nosed Yak-1b flown by Lieutenant P. M. Tchuvilyev, commander
of Sword 1 AE flight, 427 IAP, 294 IAD, August 1943. The final Yak is
a Yak-1b flown by Lieutenant Colonel Yakov Kutikhin, deputy commander
of 156 GIAP, Balangy airfield, August 1943. This plane carried a large
white arrow down the fuselage sides. Enough stars are provided to do two
of the three planes depicted here, and decals are included for all the
necessary personal markings. No data or stencilling is provided, though.
A nice addition to any Soviet fighter collection.
"Stalin's Eagles in Yaks II"
For the Dakoplast & ICM Kits (1/72)
And ICM Kit (1/48)
The second Yak set from AML (first in 1/48) goes to the other end of
the Yak lineage, the Yak-9. Four planes are depicted here and each one
is as interesting as the next. Again, like the above sheet information
is given on each pilot, and the decal sheet includes enough stars to finish
three of the four planes. Two of the planes are Yak-9Ts while the other
two are just listed as Yak-9.
The first Yak-9 is listed as being flown by Guard Captain Nikolay Denchik
of the 64 GIAP, 4 GIAD, winter 1943. Denchik's growing scoreboard is behind
the canopy and it carries a phrase written behind that. The second Yak-9
was flown by Major Ivan Styepanyenko, commander of 2 AE, 4 Riga KIAP,
185 IAD, summer 1943. A lightning bolt with a tiger pouncing on a cariacture
of Hitler resides on the fuselage side, while a scoreboard
is behind the canopy. The first of the two Yak-9Ts was also flown by Major
Styepanyenko in the spring of 1944. He has foregone the leaping tiger
emblem and on this plane he has a large eagle underneath the canopy. The
final Yak-9T was flown by Guard Captain Ivan Vyetrov, commander of 1 AE,
66 GIAP, 4 GIAD, May 1944. Red stripes on the undersides of the wing and
a large lion under the canopy make this Yak fighter unique.
Both the 1/72 and 1/48 sheets are very well printed and in excellent
register. They are both printed by Propagteam so you can expect that level
of quality throughout. The great research coupled with well-printed decals
makes these latest sheets from AML a definite choice for those interested
in VVS Yaks.