№ 5 of the Profile & Scale series details the Yakovlev Yak-1
fighter family to an entirely new standard of authenticity. More than
80 I-26 and Yak-1 examples are faithfully documented in full-colour
profile, many appearing for the first time. Fifty-eight
pages of original and not previously published 1:48 scale line drawings
reveal the development and complexity of the entire Yak-1 family as
never before. These line drawings are the culmination of nearly 30
years' dedicated work on the Yak family, and should present the most
complete, accurate and illuminating scale work regarding the aircraft
at the present time.
The book presents many development and variant detail facts about the Yak-1 which have hitherto been unclear. The scale drawings and profiles are complimented by more than 40 photographs, some never before published. It is fervently hoped that at long last many hitherto confused or inaccurate details of the Yak-1 family will be clarified and rectified. A full discussion of colouration, varnishes and physical evidence is presented.
Many of the colour profiles represent examples which will be familiar to students of the Yak-1, albeit completed to the utmost standard of accuracy. Several profiles will doubtless be new even to experienced readers, and it is hoped these will delight both the casual reader and the serious student, equally.
A brief awards and claim graphic is provided for a number of aces, these also with a QR link for additional reading. These pilot cards will round out a volume which should be a treasure trove of information regarding the Yak-1 family for both modellers and students of history.
Some the keen-eyed readers have spotted a mistake in the TOP side drawings for the Yak-1B models. That would include the "Yak-1B early" (p.87), the "Yak-1B massovii UA" (p.91) and the Yak-1B obl." (p.96). All are missing the small round access hatches on the cowling; the layer was mistakenly 'turned off' when saving the files. Please download the following PDF with these features added to correct the existing drawings. My sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might have caused.
This new Profile & Scale series is designed for the modeller
hobbyist as a graphical resource for the subject aircraft. The books
are divided into two main sections, with the first containing more than 80
fully rendered colour profiles, each illustrating a
specific historical example in exacting detail. The accompanying
explanatory text and photographs help to clarify any points of interest
This colour artwork is complimented in the following section by dozens of superb scale line drawings which demonstrate the exact shape and dimensions of the machine to a degree never seen previously. These scale drawings cover all of the main variants and developments of the type, including detail views of important modifications and features.
The Profile & Scale series books are a treasure-trove for hobbyist and historian, alike. Those wishing to complete their own modelling project or artwork with the utmost accuracy and historical fidelity will find no better resource with which to do so. "