MDL-207235 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-7 Soviet WW2 fighter model kit
The Yak-7 was one of the most produced Societ fighters, with all in all 6,339 examples built. Initially a two-seat trainer, the Yak-7UTI went to tests in mid-1940 and reached the speed of 586 km/h. The planes good handling and a desperate need for more and more fighter planes provided that the figher version was put into production alongside with a two-seater in the end of 1941. The Yak-7 fighter had the 1050hp M-105PA engine and was armed with a 20mm ShVAK cannon (with 130 shots) and two ShKAS guns (1000 units of ammo each) shooting through the prop disc. In 1942, the modernized Yak-7B was put to production with a stronger M-105PF engine and 2 12.7mm UBS guns instead of ShKAS. Mass production of the Yak-7B continued until 1944. The Yak-7B took the main burden of serving through the battle of Stalingrad that was the crucial point of the war. The type was gradually replaced by the Yak-9 and Yak-3 that eventually won the Soviet aviation's ultimate air superiority.
Modelist 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-7 Soviet WW2 fighter model kit. Pic.1