Build Report: Eduard’s 1/48 Yak-3


My continuing interest in Soviet World War II aviation rolls on. It all started with a P-39 build after reading Redstar Airacobra. I’ve enjoyed building something a bit different, so I’ve decided that I’ll stick with the theme for a while.

This is Eduard’s 1/48 Yak-3 kit, which is from the late 1990’s I believe. Despite it’s age, it is a nice, simple, well fitting kit. Nothing about the construction should present any problems, and because the parts count is low, it can be assembled quite rapidly. Detail is good, though a bit simple when compared to newer Eduard kits. (Of course, if you are so inclined, there are aftermarket sets for this kit to dress it up.)

The paints are not really accurate, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. I actually used Vallejo Sky Blue on the undersides, and Tamiya’s RAF Medium Sea Gray and Ocean Gray for the upper surfaces. Decals were from Aeromaster’s “The Russians are here!” Part II (48-642).

Weathering was done with some light fading/shading with the airbrush, and various oil techniques for panel lines, mud and oil splatters.

It’s a quick simple build that yields a nice looking model without any problems!