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Yak-7A / Yak-9DD

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I'm working on these 1/48th kits by ARK Models, which apparently were previously ICM kits.  But the landing gear for both are puzzling me.  Every photo and diagram I've found, including those of Kagero's Yak-1, Vol. 1 & 2, show the half-fork of the main gear facing toward the aircraft centerline, while the kit parts have them toward the gear doors/wingtips.  Can anyone give me definitive input on this?

Thanks.

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YAK 9

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YAK 9

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YAK 7

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YAK 7 cutaway

 

HOWEVER....

MODEL of YAK 7...

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SO.....I can see where your confusion can lie....BUT, seeing as how pics of the wrabirds show the fork on the inside with the tire trapped on the outside between the fork and the gear door; that's how I'd build it.

But, it wouldn't surprise me if the planes may have had 2 different landing gear types used depending on the exact mark, or perhaps which factory churned them out. Hope this helps a bit!

 

GIL :cool:

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Thanks so much, Gil.  Your photos confirmed the data I have.  They're particularly helpful since they show some present-day birds.  The -9DD is particularly frustrating as it has a straight axle, no half-yoke.  I think I'll try to correct the models.  Wish me luck! 🤔

Dick

 

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