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Clear-Vax set 37: World War II Fighters, part 2 (1/48 scale)

1. Fiat G.50 enclosed canopy. Suggested kit: Secter/Hasegawa Fiat G.50.

In order to fit the Clear-Vax canopy, cut away the rear of kit part A7 at the line marked X on the drawing.
Suggested references: Ali d'Italia No.6; Profile 188; Modelaid 17.
2. Fiat G.50 standard canopy. Suggested kit: Secter/Hasegawa Fiat G.50.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
3. Fiat G.55. Suggested kit: Classic Airframes Fiat G.55.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Ali d'Italia No.10; Profile 188; Replic No.90.
4. IAR 80. Suggested kit: LTD IAR 80.

The Clear-Vax canopy is designed for display in the open position and directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Scale Aviation Modeller International April 1996; Squadron/Signal Special No.6080 'Rumanian Airforce in WWII'.
5. Lavochkin LaGG-3 (Series 1 to 35). Suggested kit: LTD LaGG-3.

The Clear-Vax main canopy section directly replaces the kit item. Before fitting the rear windows, cut the shaded area (marked X on the drawing) away from the kit fuselage. As the LTD kit is of the Series 66 model there are numerous changes needed to convert to the earlier types. Check your references carefully.
Suggested reference: LaGG Fighters In Action No.163 (Squadron/Signal).
6. Lavochkin LaGG-3 (Series 66). Suggested kit: LTD LaGG-3.

Fitting of this canopy is as above.
7. Lavochkin La-5/7. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft La-5/7.

This is not the world's most accurate kit. The wing is suitable for the La-7 only. The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item and is separated into sections for display in the open position.
Suggested references: La-5/7 Fighters In Action No.169 (Squadron/Signal).
8. Polikarpov I-16 Type 5. Suggested kit: Hobbycraft I-16 Type 5/6.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. The dotted line marked X on the drawing shows the kit outline. This area should be built up using plastic card. Canopy guide rails (as marked Y) should be added using thin plastic card. Fill in the entry door on the right fuselage side - this was not present on Type 5 aircraft. Using the drawing as a guide, build a new gunsight from plastic rod and thin wire. Other changes to the kit include reshaping the exhaust cutouts, plus adding two more in the lower cowl, and deleting the wing flaps while lengthening the ailerons. Check your references carefully.
Suggested references: Polikarpov Fighters In Action part 2 No.162 (Squadron/Signal); Red Stars in the Sky part 1; Scale Aviation Modeller International April 1997; Scale Models August 1979 [very good plans I-16 Type 18 & 24].
9. Polikarpov I-16 Type 10 "Super Mosca". Suggested kit: Hobbycraft I-16 Type 10.

This canopy represents the Spanish type fitted to Spanish-built Type 10s. Referring to the drawing, note that the fuselage spine needs to be raised (the dotted line shows the kit outline). Delete the entry door on the right fuselage side.
10. Polikarpov I-16 standard type. Suggested kits: all Hobbycraft I-16s.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item.
11. Yakovlev Yak-1. Suggested kit: Accurate Miniatures Yak-1.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item and is intended for display in the open position.
Suggested references: Yak Fighters In Action No.78 (Squadron/Signal); Scale Aviation Modeller International February 1999.
12. Yakovlev Yak-1B. Suggested kit: Accurate Miniatures Yak-1B.

The Clear-Vax canopies are separated for display in the open position and directly replace the kit items. Note that the windscreen has been altered in shape for better accuracy, as has the lower framing on the fixed rear piece.
13. Yakovlev Yak-7/7V early type. Suggested kit: ICM Yak-7 or 7V.

The rear of the front sliding section is designed to overlap the fixed centre section.
14. Yakovlev Yak-7/7V late type. Suggested kit: ICM Yak-7 or 7V.

In order to fit the front section carefully remove the shaded area from the kit fuselage.
15. Yakovlev Yak-9. Suggested kit: ICM Yak-9 series.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item and is intended for display in the open position. In order to fit the windscreen, carefully trim the kit fuselage in the area marked X on the drawing.

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