Amodel 1/72 Yak-18 w/Skis Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||March 2010||Manufacturer||Amodel|
|Kit Number||72195||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Simple build||Cons||One-piece canopy|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$10.00|
The Yak-18 was a tandem two-place trainer aircraft developed for military flight training duties at the end of World War 2. Powered by a 160 horsepower Shvetsov M-11 radial engine, the aircraft retractable landing gear and a 180+ mph top speed.
Over the years, this aircraft was enhanced with larger engines, simple armament payloads, and enhanced aerodynamics to provide a wider range of training capabilities out of this rugged aircraft.
In addition to the Soviet Air Force (and DOSAAF), the Yak-18 was exported to members of the Warsaw Pact, China, and numerous air forces around the world to serve as a trainer, light utility aircraft, or sometimes as a combat aircraft.
Amodel has produced another variant of the Yak-18 series. The kit is molded in light gray styrene, and is presented on three parts trees plus a single clear styrene canopy.
The kit features a simple interior that won't need much detailing given the one-piece canopy which is molded closed.
Overall construction is very simple which will make this kit a weekend project between assembly, painting and decals.
While the kit retains its normal landing gear, this release also provides skis to replicate a nice winter regional trainer.
Markings are provided for one example:
- Yak-18, Yellow 06, DOSAAF, Soviet Union, circa 1960
This is a nice little kit that will build into a unique subject with a little patience and skill.
This kit is recommended for experienced biplane modelers.
My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra for this review sample!