La La Lavochkin Land! 1/48 Zvezda La-5s
I get inspired by the planes I fly in flight simulators. Go figure. I’ve flown the LaGG-3 in IL2-GB and hated every minute of it. Once I stepped up to the La-5 I had something approaching the same revelatory moment pilots had when they traded in their “Varnished Guaranteed Coffins” for the La-5. It can “boom and zoom!” It can pull out of dives! And it can actually maneuver! I was finally seeing enemy tracers flying PAST me, instead of the all-too-familiar “tink-thud-crack-bang-splinter” refrain from the LaGG-3.
The La-5 model from Zvezda exhibited areas of severe short-shot molding and had to be patched with any and all manner of filling material.
Worst of all was the lack of plastic around the base of the windshield, which really stretched my modeling skills. Despite that, I think I pulled it off.
White 04, V.M. Dmitriev, 4th IAP, summer 1943
The La-5FN model was relatively trouble free, but the exhaust stacks are very fiddly, very small and cannot be left off.
Unlike the Yak-3 kit, you have to build up the radial engine here in order to provide support for the propeller and fan at the front of the cowling.
If you build it with the cowling closed up, you don’t have to worry about detailing the engine at all because absolutely none of it will be seen. Just make sure the geometry is good otherwise the cowling and cooling flaps won’t fit right.
White 68, Senior Lieutenant Georgy Baevsky 1st Guards Fighter Regiment, VVS, December 1943. Weathering with, again, whatever I had in the box. Mud is from Abteilung and MIG. Paints are Vallejo Model Air.
A nice, fun kit, despite the quality control problems.