Saturday, October 25, 2014

1-144 Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose") - Mikro-Mir

1-144 Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose") - Mikro-Mir

Mikro-Mir are continuing their support of 1/144 and are previously indicated in their catalog are due for release (lets hope those Yak-23 and the Yak-36 are not far behind), its not clear yet whether these will be single kits, or follow the tradition of multiple kits per box? The kits are injected plastic, though better than your typical resin kit are not quite there up with revell etc, though should still make a nice kit. There is a great array of decals with this kit that allows you to produce a host schemes for Soviet,Czech, GDR, Syria  and Algeria.

The Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: "Moose", Russian: Як-11) was a trainer aircraft used by the Soviet Air Force and other Soviet-influenced air forces from 1947 until 1962.

The Yakovlev design bureau began work on an advanced trainer based on the successful Yak-3 fighter in mid 1944, although the trainer was of low priority owing to the ongoing Second World War.[1] The first prototype of the new trainer, designated Yak-UTI or Yak-3UTI flew in late 1945. It was based on the radial-powered Yak-3U, but with the new Shvetsov ASh-21 seven-cylinder radial replacing the ASh-82 of the Yak-3U. It used the same all-metal wings as the Yak-3U, with a fuselage of mixed metal and wood construction. Pilot and observer sat in tandem under a long canopy with separate sliding hoods. A single synchronised UBS 12.7 mm machine gun and wing racks for two 100 kg (220 lb) bombs comprised the aircraft's armament.

An improved prototype flew in 1946, with revised cockpits and a modified engine installation with the engine mounted on shock absorbing mounts. This aircraft successfully passed state testing in October 1946, with production beginning at factories in Saratov and Leningrad in 1947. Production Yak-11s were heavier than the prototypes, with later batches fitted with non-retractable tail wheels and revised propellers. A 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun was sometimes fitted instead of the UBS, while some were fitted with rear-view periscopes above the windscreen. In total, Soviet production amounted to 3,859 aircraft between 1947 and 1955. with a further 707 licence-built by Let in Czechoslovakia as the C-11.
The Yak-11 set five world-class records.


1 comment:

Hash, Bash and Splash said...

Three sets of instrument panels might just be a good sign :-)

Or alternatively, the designer has got early onset dementia and needs help...