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Yak-210 Soviet Trainer Aircarft 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72171

Theme: Airplanes

Era : 1946-1959

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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The Yakovlev Yak-200 was a prototype Soviet multi-engine trainer built during the 1950s. A modified version was built as the Yak-210 for navigator training, but only one example of each was built before the program was cancelled in 1956.

The Yakovlev OKB began work in February 1951 on an aircraft that could be used as a cheap bomber trainer as the Yak-UTB (oochebnotrenirovochnyy bombardirovshchik — bomber trainer), but this was quickly split into two closely related versions, the Yak-200 for pilot training and the Yak-210 for navigator/bombardier training. The primary difference between them was in equipment; the Yak-200 lacked all of the specialized navigation and bombardier gear.

The Yak-200 was a mid-winged, twin-engined monoplane with a tricycle undercarriage. The metal-skinned, semi-monocoque fuselage was built in three sections with side-by-side seating for the crew. The nose was glazed with an optically flat panel and lacked a seat or any equipment. The control surfaces of the tail were fabric-covered although the tail itself was metal-skinned. The one-spar metal wing was made in three pieces with detachable trapezoidal outer panels. The ailerons were covered with fabric, as were the flaps in the outer wing panels, but the flaps in the center section were metal-skinned. The main undercarriage legs retracted forward into the engine nacelles, while the nose leg retracted backwards. Two 700-horsepower (520 kW) Shvetsov ASh-21 radial engines powered by the Yak-200 and drove variable-pitch VISh-11V-20A propellers.

The Yak-210 carried a full suite of navigation equipment with which to train navigators. The main distinguishing characteristic between it and the Yak-200 was an external radome under the rear fuselage for the PSBN-M (pribor slepovo bombometahniya i navigahtsii—blind-bombing and navigational device) search/bomb-aiming radar as was fitted on the Ilyushin Il-28. An OPB-6SR (opticheskiy pritsel bombardirovochnyy—optical synchronized bombsight) and an AFA-BA-40 camera were also fitted; the latter could tilt 15° aft to record bomb impacts. All this equipment weighed 860.5 kg (1,897 lb) which forced the fuel load to be reduced by 235 kg (518 lb) in compensation. Seats were fitted in the nose for the trainee navigator and his instructor.