Yakovlev Yak-7B & Yak-7V
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||Valom Kit No. 72018 Yak-7B and 72019
|Contents and Media:
||37 light grey plastic parts on one
sprue, 4 clear parts on one sprue plus one vac-formed canopy, 17 resin
parts, 15 PE parts, decals for 2 aircraft and an 11 page, A5 sized
instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 8 build drawings and 4
pages of paint/decal diagrams. Two-seat trainer has extra plastic, resin
and PE parts for the back seat and skis.
available online from Squadron
||Highly detailed inside and out, good
resin and decals, interesting colour scheme.
||One important point missed from
instructions (see text).
||Highly Recommended to experienced
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Valom's 1/72 scale
Yak-7B and Yak-7V will be available online from Squadron.com
The Yak-7 B and V were developments of the two-seat I-26, also known
as the Yak-1. Flight trials, begun at the start of the Second World War,
of the Yak-1 through the 7B and 7V (two-seat trainer) culminating in the
more successful Yak-9 at the end of the war.
Valom, a relatively new model manufacturer from the Czech Republic seems
to be getting better with every new release. A few models back, they had
panel detail which, although not as extreme as Matchbox, were certainly
overdone. Those on these kits are much more subtle, in fact as good as
any I've seen. These two kits are very similar. The plastic sprues are
identical with the only differences being in the resin and PE for the
second seat, fixed undercarriage, skis and unarmed engine cover of the
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to view images full-sized:
The one plastic sprue carries all the usual parts for a short run kit
like fuselage, wings, cockpit floor, etc, and you could actually build
it with-out the resin and PE, with the exception of the resin wheels,
and end up with a nice looking replica, providing you kept the canopy
closed. Resin consists of cockpit sidewalls, wheels, spinner backing
plate and rockets for the fighter version (7B) plus second seat, and
skis for the two-seater (7V) with the PE having seat belts, instrument
panel, rudder peddles and radiator matrices.
The clear sprue from both kits provides both the long and short canopies
plus each kit has one vac-formed canopy of the appropriate type if that
is your preference.
My one criticism is the instructions of the Yak-7V kit fails to
mention that the fuselage, being identical to the single seater, needs
to have the section behind the cockpit cut out for the second seat and
Colour options are interesting with two per kit with two greens for the
upper surfaces and light blue below. One of the fighters can be finished
with a winter whitewash on the uppers. Typical of Russian aircraft,
there are not a lot of markings but what there is, is well printed and
These kit should be a much easier build than some of Valom's earlier
examples simply because they are single engine monoplanes. Due to their
multi-media nature I still wouldn't suggest them for beginners.
Highly Recommended to all experienced modellers.
Thanks to Valom for this review
Review and Images Copyright © 2007 by Glen Porter
Page Created 28 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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