Eduard 1/72 Lavochkin La-7
Officially finished my 3rd model this year.
This is Eduard’s 1/72 scale Lavochkin La-7, initiated one year previously as a quick OOB project.
It is one of Eduard’s early mainstream kits and I regrettably rank it as one of the company’s lesser efforts.
The parts are all well moulded and adequately detailed for the scale, and the kit goes together easily enough, but the proportions of the cowling and the spinner are all wrong, making the model look a bit odd compared with the elegant shapes of the original.
I opted to leave the cowling as it was but replaced the dreadful kit spinner with another item from the spares box (a pointed Spitfire Mk. V spinner if I recall things correctly) in a late and rather desperate attempt to accurize the kit. It went about half-way in improving the looks.
That notwithstanding, I had fun with the freehand camouflage work and added some quick weathering, using mostly Tamiya’s “makeup” sets.
Hope you like it!
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