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Clear-Vax set 24: USSR, World War II, part 1 (1/72 scale)

1. Ilyushin Il-2 Stormovik. Suggested kit: Mikro Il-2m3.

Using the scrap drawing as a guide, carefully cut away the kit rear decking at the lines marked X and Y. Then fit the Clear-Vax canopy in place, noting that the rear of the sliding section is designed to overlap the canopy rear. Some thinning down of the moulded side rails on the fuselage is necessary for better accuracy. The crossed lines on the sides of the windscreen were not present on all Il-2s. Add them if required.
Suggested reference: Squadron/Signal 'In Action' No.155; Profile 88.
2. Ilyushin ll-2m3. Suggested kit: Mikro Il-2m3.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Thin down the kit canopy rails for better accuracy.
3. MiG-3. Suggested kit: Red Star MiG-3.

Note on the drawing the shaded area marked X. This indicates where the kit fuselage has an incorrectly deep sill line. If fitting the canopy closed, merely fill this area in. If building the canopy open, build up this area with plasticard and trim the corresponding excess from the sliding section.
Suggested reference: Soviet Air Force Fighters, part 1 (Green and Swanborough, ARCO).
4. Yak-1. Suggested kit: Mikro Yak-1M.

In order to fit this canopy, cut away the kit rear decking using the dotted line as a guide.
Suggested references: Squadron/Signal No.78 Yak Fighters in Action; Air International, June 1975; Soviet Air Force Fighters part 2 (Green and Swanborough, ARCO).
5. Yak-1M. Suggested kit: Mikro Yak-1M.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
6. Yak-7. Suggested kit: Mikro Yak-1M.

The drawing shows the Yak-7V two-seat canopy, as supplied. To make a Yak-7 single-seat canopy simply sand the framelines off the rear section and paint over it. An aerial mast will need to be added (shown dotted).
7. Yak-1/7 (alternative windscreen). Suggested kit: Mikro Yak-1M.

This canopy is provided to be used for those Yak-1 Yak-1M and Yak-7 aircraft fitted with a slightly different windscreen with rounded upper armourglass and rounded sides. Check your references and use if required.
8. Yak-3. Suggested kit: Hasegawa Yak-3.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested reference: Air International, November 1975.
9. LaG-5. Suggested kit: Co-operativa LaG-5.

The Clear-Vax main canopy directly replaces the kit item. Use the kit rear windows.
Suggested reference: Squadron/Signal 'In Action' No.163.
10. LaGG-3. Suggested kit: Frog/Red Star/Emhar LaGG-3.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
11. La-5FN (open). Suggested kit: Italeri La-5FN.

Building the Italeri kit with the canopy open will disguise the excessive fuselage taper around the cockpit area.
12. La-5FN (closed). Suggested kit: KP La-5FN.
The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. If building the canopy open, use the rear of this canopy with the front sections of canopy No.11.
13. La-9/11. Suggested kit: MPM La-9/11.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Use the kit fuselage and landing light covers.
14. Polikarpov I-153. Suggested kit: SMER I-153.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested reference: Squadron/Signal 'In Action' No.157.
15. Polikarpov I-16. Suggested kit: Hasegawa I-16.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested reference: Squadron/Signal 'In Action' No.162.
16. Tupolev SB-2. Suggested kit: Frog/Novo SB-2.

In order to fit the nose turret, carefully cut away the kit nose at the line marked X-Y. When fitting nose guns do not cut out the slots as these were clear and followed the guns' traverse. Simply drill holes at the desired position and fit the guns in place. The Clear-Vax main, rear and upper nose canopies directly replace the kit items.
Suggested reference: Air Enthusiast 27 (Finnish usage).
17. Petlyakov Pe-2. Suggested kit: Italeri Pe-2.

The Clear-Vax main canopy, dorsal turret and mid-upper window replace the kit items. Use the kit side, lower and nose canopies.
Suggested reference: Air International, August 1979; Airfix Magazine, February 1982.
18. Ilyushin Il-4. Suggested kit: Zvezda Il-4.

The Clear-Vax items directly replace the kit canopies. A spare nose entry door is provided for display in the open position. Some early Il-4s had an extra clear section aft of the pilot's sliding canopy. If fitting this extra piece, cut away the kit fuselage at the line marked X.
Suggested reference: Air International, March 1986.
19. Ilyushin Il-10. Suggested kit: KP Il-10.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.

General reference

At present, the best reference for Russian aircraft of WWII is 'Red Stars', by Geust, Keskinen and Stenman. It is highly recommended, and covers all the types contained in this canopy set.

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