I just finished the scale model of the Yak-9D from Ark Models. It is a pretty good model, with very few assembly problems. From the total of 56 parts, 2 of which are transparent, you can build, with a little work and patience, a very neat 1:48 scale model. I had to seal the jointing of the wings with the fuselage with body filling putty and also corrected, with sand paper, the engine hoods, which were not fitting properly. You can leave the engine hoods open, unlike me, as it is very detailed and it can be improved with aftermarkets. If you do not intend to do this, you can leave out the engine entirely, as it cannot be seen with the hoods in closed position. The cockpit is not very detailed and cannot be built with the canopy in open position, so it is not really worth the effort to insist over it. The only improvement I made to the seat was the Park photo-etched seatbelt set that was initially made for a Yak-3. I also used a few photo-etched parts for the wings, fuselage caps and landing gear.
I used enamel paints from Humbrol and Revell. First I painted the entire model in aluminum. This procedure highlights potential other problems that could arise – cracks, parts that do not fit perfectly, etc., which will enable you to correct them before applying the final coating. I used stencils only for the lower part of the plane, where blue meets the other camouflage colors. I painted the rest of the plane, free handedly . The tires were painted in mat anthracite 8 from Revell. To finish off I applied semi-gloss all over the model. The biggest problem about painting this plane was the Instructions sheet, which is not in English, and it is also in black and white, so you cannot see the actual colors – they are indicated but not with identification codes and no producer.
The markings pose no problem, but they come in only one variant – no. 86.
All in all it is a good model and not very difficult to build. The only problem that came up was with the unclear instructions sheet – for assembling, painting and markings, which is not even in English.