Aero L-39 ZO Albatros in 1/48.
This pretty little bird has been sitting in my stash ever since I bought it at a ‘bring & buy’ day at our IPMS meeting a couple of years ago. The kit included a swag of after-market bits, most of which I didn’t use as my eyesight is not good enough. The chief attraction was the shape & the huge number of Albatros’ now in private hands as well as the huge range of marking options. As it turned out, I used the East German markings provided, although Libyan & Czech were also on offer. The kit itself is a reasonable one for a short run effort; that is to say that the shape seems spot on, the engraving ranges from fine to non-existent & there are no locating pins. Nothing seems to fit without surgery in the cockpit & the canopy is vac-form. That said, I had a great time building it. The fit of the major parts was trouble free, rescribing not too difficult & the vac form canopy went on like a dream. The undercarriage was a bit of a puzzle as it seemed to indicate it was fixed down, until I did an extensive web search which showed that all doors cycled closed once the wheels were down & the main leg apertures seemed to have snap down doors over the oleo cavities to provide a smooth wing under surface & I guess to keep the dirt out?.
Anyway, it was a fun build & I enjoyed it, which is the main thing. Hope you like it.
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