L-29 Delfin attending RIMPAC 2010 at LHD-6 Bonhomme Richard
L-29 Delfin development started in 50'. After being chosen as standard training aircraft in Warsaw Pact over 3.600 planes was produced in Czech. Delfin allowed traingin of aerobatics, gun shooting and bombing trainings as well as IFR flying trainings.
The type was very popular and was widely exported into many countries, mostly somehow binded or friendly to Soviet Union.
Later, the Delphin was replaced in the inventories of many of its users by the Aero L-39 Albatros. Following their retirement from active duty, many L-29s were demilitarized and sold to private collectors - like this one.
Till this moment, I have not built any aircraft produced in my homeland nor serving here or being piloted by Czech pilots.
So, this is the first one. However, because I really love navy aircrafts I decided to compromise and build the Delfin which is the one of two ever sitting on the flattop.
The kit is by my opinion excellent and with just a little care you can get real gem.
The most visible improvement is wheels wells added wiring and shortening of main legs to get the tail a bit lower.
I would like to mention decals - they look excellent. However, they did not work with Mr. Mark Softer at all. 🙁 I had to use Hypersol to get at least some small effect... I do not know how they made them, but I consider them worse than Academy or Tamiya (yes, that bad).
In case you want to see some details from build, here is the link:
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