Eduard 1/48 scale detail set FE399 for weekend edition kit Yak-3 is released during January 2008 provides excellent opportunity to build highly detailed kit of this Soviet fighter. Set contains one photo etched fret with 34 parts with most of them pre-painted packed inside Eduard’s plastic bag.

Yak-3 detail setParts provided in FE399 set are mostly for cockpit including highly detailed instrument panel, seat belts with buckles, control panels, different switches and handles, radio as well as few exterior parts like cooler nets… Seat belts are pre-painted and highly detailed with buckles. Seating section of the seat is made of one photo etched part and looks very realistic. Pilot’s stick from kit received excellent upgrade like shooting switch, pedals got a pre-painted belts installed. Side control panels are full of details including gauges, switches and throttle control and some side wall panels with different switches off course all of these parts are pre-painted and highly detailed. Trim chains are also provided and pre-painted and once installed look great.

Instrument panel has beautifully colored instruments and switches and is highly detailed. It comes in three parts, the first one is base with few instrument displays second with instrument displays and some instruments panel exterior and third with instrument panel exterior. Some bars and handles are to be attached on instrument panel during assembly process as well as one part with instruments. This instrument panel once finished looks very realistic. Note that this instrument panel needs to be bent to a correct shape described in instruction sheet, but Eduard made it easy as places for bending are already marked on the instrument panel. Radio compartment got its front panel and wheel wells and undercarriage look’s much better with parts provided in FE399 set.

In conclusion all I can say about this set is that it worth every penny ‘cause the result you get when you install this set in your kit are excellent. Set FE399 is really easy to work with, modeler should not have any trouble. Working with these part’s will save your time and add much needed realistic look to your Yak-3.

This set is highly recommended

Darko Mladenovic

Sample kit was provided by Jana Sulcova from “Eduard”