Zvezda 1/48 Yak-9D (4815)

This review is dedicated to Zvezda 1/48 Yak-9D (4815). Today's model comes as a nice chance to build a copy of the famous Soviet fighter in popular scale. Moreover, it is a new plastic, which was created with help of modern manufacturing techniques. First one is a D-version, but I have no doubt that we will see some other types in the future. Packaging is typical for Zvezda, sprues come in three plastic bags. In total there are 198 parts for assembly of the model with 17.7cm length. Let's open this box and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with another Soviet WW2 aircraft from the same brand.
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Watch this video-review where I show all parts even closer.

We are going to start with the sprue where you will find top wing panels and some of the fuselage parts. Note that flaps are molded in here.

This small subframe will come handy for those modelers who plan to expose the engine in the model. Note also several versions of the nose top cover.

Inside wings you will find some minor features for main wheel wells and guiding pins.

Lower section comes on the next sprue. Molding quality looks great, attachment points are quite thin here.

Pilot seat looks nice out of the box and deserves careful painting and weathering. Note that kit doesn't feature seatbelts, so it might be a great idea to get aftermarket PE set.

Next sprue is a bit more interesting because there are more complex-shaped parts on it. One-piece propeller looks great and should be easy to install.

As for the large parts - those two are cockpit walls, and they look impressive for 1/48 scale. I also like that lower tail panel comes as separate part.

Zvezda surprised everyone by including the nicely detailed copy of the engine into the kit. Note also that pilot is here too.

Engine can be assembled in open version with side and top exposed. In my opinion it is a really great thing in this scale.

Both fuselage halves are molded with tail fin, but note that left part comes without nose cowling section. Such parts division is needed for exposing the engine as I wrote before.

All external panels look great and feature recessed panel lines and rivets.

Inside you will find minor cockpit features as well as guiding elements for easier assembly.

Clear frame is packed into separate plastic bag. Molding quality looks great, but there are no masks included into the kit.

Decals sheet is not big, but features all necessary symbols for three markings.

Marking guide comes in form of separate brochure printed in color. There are also photos of the finished model on the rear side of the box.

Assembly manual is typical for this brand. You can check all pages in the video-review.

Today's Yak should be already available for purchase. In my opinion this model looks like a great offer for its price. You will get a lot of features out of the box, so even standard build should look impressive. Moreover, I have no doubt that aftermarket brands will release their add-ons for even more things. As usual, it would be a wise idea to pick the masks set for this project so that you can focus on other things instead. Of course, think about exposing the engine inside as it is truly beautiful.


  • Nice molding quality
  • Clever parts division
  • Several assembly options
  • Great decals


  • No masks for clear parts

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