Author Topic: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32  (Read 4239 times)

Offline Frank3k

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Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:06:45 AM »
This is the Amodel 1/72 Yak-32 and the second Amodel kit I've built this year. I'm done with AModel for a while.

 I'm doing this as a Peruvian Air Force COIN from the 1980s, before they bought the Su-25.

So much promise...


Maybe I've developed a thick skin, but this build was pretty quick. Nothing beyond the usual Amodel disasters (poor fit, lack of finesse, thick canopies):



The canopy was Coke bottle-ish but it fit pretty well. I added a resin injection seat and gun-sight/HUD but not much else. I passed on recreating the FOD fence on the intakes.

I added two UB-32-57 rocket pods from my rapidly dwindling box of DML "Modern" Soviet Aircraft Weapons set and modified a HIPEG 20mm gun pod from the Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons set:II US guided bombs and gun pods. The starboard imaging/targeting pod is from some anonymous kit:



I also added a flare dispenser and plastic bump of high importance to the underside of the tail area.



I added four short pieces of brass tubing to act as the gun barrels. The rear of the pod is supposed to be a fuel cell:



I reused the Peruvian roundels from a previous build. The flat finish is a little rough and I had some issues with the camo pattern, but building an Amodel kit is usually a battle between finishing the dammed thing and tossing it in the trash, so I pushed on:





And beauty shot:



The back story is that the Peruvian Air Force needed an effective aircraft to attack the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) rebels in the hinterland. The Soviet Union provided the otherwise failed Yak-32 project as an option. The Yak-32 gave Peru valuable experience in operating COIN and CAS aircraft, which they put to good use when they obtained the Su-25 in 1998.

You guys know the best part of building an Amodel kit is? When it's done and on the shelf. Thanks for looking!

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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 04:52:42 PM »
Nice work
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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 06:29:25 PM »
Ditto. A good fight to a great finish.
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I am giving up listing them. They all end up on the shelf of procrastination anyways.

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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 07:34:26 PM »
You'd never know there were any struggles in this project with that finished product to display.  Excellent execution of an eclectic example of engineering!

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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2015, 07:51:59 PM »
Nice piece of work there, Frank! :)
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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2015, 09:28:53 PM »
Thanks guys! I was rearranging my models yesterday and found a couple of Amodel kits... not building them for a long time.

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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2015, 09:35:39 PM »
Gorgeous little plane!  :-*
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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2015, 05:24:37 AM »
Extremely likable.
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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2015, 10:30:26 AM »
That's pretty - nice one! :)
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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2015, 12:09:54 PM »
Good rare model and unusual colors. Congratulations.

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Re: Peruvian Air Force Yak-32
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2015, 10:43:08 PM »
Another great job