Just painting the AM Yak 1 - Litvak. AM have done a superb job on this
one, with a kit that fits estremely well. I had to putty a little around
the wing to nose just behind the radiator and the port wing fit. Both may
have been my own fault because I didn't follow the instructions. I put the
wing tops to bottom and then added them to the fuselage. When AM says to
do the unthinkable and follow the instructions, they mean it!
Like a lot of people I enjoy doing the***pit and AM did a superb job on
this one. Lots of detail that looks right, although my references are some
what limited on the early Yaks. When you get it in the fuselage it really
And if you do a little dry bushing with white the bits and pieces will
really stand out.
I used AM's color reference and scaled down Gunze paint by 25%+ white as
recommended by Hitchcock in his LUFTWAFFE colors book. The underside blue
is as far as I got in painting, and fortunately I didn't find any seams
that I had to redo.
I'm off to Dallas in the morning for a couple of days of earning my keep
so the Yak underside blue will have plenty of time to dry before I start
on the top side colors.
You also might want to check out INTERNET MODELER. Tom Cleaver did a great
job in an article on building the ski version.
It's a far cry to Loch Awe.