This is my build of a Yak-3, a 1:50 scale model by Marek Pacynski. I like Yaks. I think they are some of the sharpest-looking airplanes of WWII. I have had warm feelings for Yaks (stop me someone!) since I first put together a little model of a Yak-1 as a kid -- I must have been 10 at the time. Even before I started building it, I noticed a few problems: 1. a complete lack of instructions (just two general views) 2. two parts numbered 25 3. an extra line on the ailerons (also shown is part 25 number 2) Undeterred, I decided to step up to the plate, testing a few ideas in the process. The first was to use plain paper for joining strips, rather than cardstock. The idea was that since I was going to be converting the construction from a butt-joint system to the former-and-joining-strip method, the paper strips would require smaller alterations to the formers to make things fit. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I have read several positive opinions of this method, I canâ€™t say it worked for me. I got an ugly joint, I think mostly because the paper didnâ€™t give me enough support from within. I did the remaining joints using cardstock strips, with much more satisfying effects. As I had some problems with lines on the fuselage not matching up properly (despite my valiant efforts), and also because the red of the insignia was a bit dull, I decided to â€œimproveâ€ the plane a bit, using my daughterâ€™s watercolors and a pencil. I lost the cleanness of the original design, but I donâ€™t like â€œsoullessâ€ computer-designed models anyway, so in the end I got an effect I think I like. Besides, how could I not like those nice bright-red stars? :lol: Hereâ€™s a comparison of the colors before and after: Hereâ€™s my Yakâ€™s belly. Itâ€™s not as bad as it could have been -- those of you who have have monitors set to about 1200x800 resolution can see it just about life size on the photo when you bring it up full size. (I have already retouched the white bit around the rear wheel, so no need to point that out) :mrgreen: Hereâ€™s a front view of the stabilizers -- Iâ€™m not too happy with them, but they seem to be relatively symmetrical. I have also started working on the propeller. Below is the first segment of the spinner. Right, thatâ€™s about it. Any comments would be welcome.