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Yao's Studios 'Dave' and 'Jake'

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Yao's Studios 'Dave' and 'Jake'

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My latest consignment from Mr Yao arrived this week - the Aichi E13A "Jake' and the Nakajima E8N 'Dave'. Good and bad.

The good is the level of detail and the finesse with which both have been printed. On the 'Jake' not only is there a control column but the instrument panel is printed as well.

The 'Dave' comes in eight sections: the fuselage and the wing centre sections; the two outer wing pairs (the struts and rigging are printed with the wing sections); the prop; the centre float; the two wing floats; and a machine gun. It is hard to see what cockpit detail there is as the pilot's position is underneath the top wing centre section.

The 'Jake' comes - I think*- in six parts: the fuselage, wings and floats; the prop; the canopy; a couple of bombs on bomb racks; and a machine gun.

The bad. Delivery took over six weeks and although the two boxes were well packed that length of delivery provided plenty of opportunity to treat the models like a pair of maracas. Hence the "I think*" because the 'Jake' suffered particularly and I have had to scratch-build the float struts and rigging. Paper clips and florists' wire to the rescue.

Another not-so-good aspect - although not a major issue - is that the resin is not full cured. A couple of days on a window sill in direct sunlight will solve the problem, although we are not getting a vast amount of sun in Scotland at the moment!

Both models are recommended and the 'Jake' in particular is a vast improvement on the Minicraft kit, although that is not hard!

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This is as good a place as any to post a couple of photos.

This is the 'Jake', a lovely kit with excellent detail. With the Yao models you just need a good supply of spare decals.
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That has come up really nicely. Did you go with something like Kristal Klear for the "glass" in the canopy?

Whilst Hinomaru (with and without the white outline) are pretty easy to come by (e.g. Mark I), some of the codes are not. If the aircraft is silver or overall IJN or IJA Grey, then the code is usually black, so you can DIY. The white ones like that on your Jake are the problem, particular the first character which is usually katakana (the ヨ here is not a 3 but rather the letter Yo).
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GB20 - Lavochkin La-7 (Mark I)
GB25 - Vickers Windsor (Anigrand), Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk III (AFV Club)
SoS - Douglas C-47B Dakota (Minicraft) and several others :-(

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Very smart presentation. The detail is very impressive.

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That is a very convincing Jake!
I'd also be interested to know, how the canopy is made: Is it a clear resin piece or did you have to fill the frames?

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The canopy is a printed frame similar to that on the B-25. I painted it with the rest of the airframe then used Glue 'n Glaze which worked very well.

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