Kit #AA2036. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1960, Alexander Yakovlev saw the British VTOL prototype, the Short SC.1 at Farnborough. He was impressed by the VTOL concept and began working on his own VTOL study. With success of the Hawker Kestrel convertional flight in 1961, Yakovlev quickly decided to build a test-bed in the class of the Kestrel, with vectored nozzles which could rotate 90°. A small jet nozzle was also installed under the nose probe and tail cone for pitch control. A retractable door was fitted under the nose and the fuselage center to reduce hot gas re-ingestion. Three prototypes were built, numbered 36, 37 & 38. First hover flight was in 1964 and the first full VTOL flight was completed in 1966. The Yak-36 was first publicly displayed at the Domodedovo Air show in 1967. NATO was shocked by its appearance and gave it the designation “Freehand”. While the flight performance proved to be unstable, it provided flight data that found its way into the design of the Yak-38 Forger.