Scale model 1:33.
YAK-7 and its modifications, the YAK-7, YAK-7A, YAK-7B.
In March 1940 the Yakovlev design Bureau received an official assignment for the development of training aircraft on the basis of a fighter-26 (later Yak-1). But the design AND-27 (UTI-26) began even before that – on the 25th of January. From fighter aircraft training aircraft featured twin cockpit, closed with a total lamp with individual sliding parts.
Armament consisted of 2 synchronous ShKAS machine guns. In the summer of 1941 revealed an acute shortage of fighters at the front. Leading engineer of OKB Yakovlev K. V. sinelschikov suggested to alter training aircraft in combat fighter. Yakovlev himself initially reacted to the idea negatively, but after more careful consideration I agreed. The design was implemented by a team of designers headed by Sinelshikov factory-N3301.
The aircraft was fitted with the motor-gun ShVAK, back, Proektirovanie fuel tanks, as well as three guides for rockets under each wing. Rear cabin left, but the second office was dismantled (the empty space behind the pilot’s seat was covered with a lid and was used for various purposes: the transfer of goods and technical staff with the relocation parts, the installation of photographic equipment or additional fuel tank 100 liters). According to its characteristics, the new aircraft was not inferior to the Yak-1, and even some ways it was superior. After testing was immediately followed by the GKO on the beginning of production. According to the orders of NCAP from 14 to 26 August began production of the Yak-7 plants No. 301 and No. 153 (Novosibirsk). To evacuate the plant №301 managed to produce 51 fighter Yak-7.
Serial production continued until July 1944. There were manufactured 6399 Yak-7, all versions. Factory No. 301 built 186 aircraft at factory No. 82 (Moscow) -1300, the plant number 21 (Gorky) – 2, and the rest (about 4900) – the plant №153 in Novosibirsk. Aircraft withdrawn from service in 1946.