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Martin Dytrych
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L-29 Delfin attending RIMPAC 2010 at LHD-6 Bonhomme Richard

April 30, 2021 · in Aviation · · 10 · 1.9K

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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  1. An awesome result, Martin. @naviatik
    I followed your building progress and it was a pleasure to follow.
    All the details you applied are fantastic.
    The scheme on this Delfin is wonderful.
    An absolute 'Like'.

    • Thank you John. It was fun to build. Realy cute kit.
      If you want to follow next one, I decided to make little british series - Lightning (T.4 from Sword, Wywern - Trumpeter, Firefly - SH, SeaFury - Airfix)...
      Hopefully finish them all still this year.

  2. This is an amazing result, Martin @naviatik!
    I totally agree and strongly echo all above John's @johnb comments.
    Your build thread was a joy to follow; you built the Delphin perfectly and chose a striking scheme that you tackled in excellence.
    Looking forward to you next british series!

  3. Gorgeous model, Martin. The colors are really striking and expertly airbrushed. Detailing, decals, are all superb.

  4. Beautifully done, great looking color scheme.

  5. Nice job. Excellent paintwork.

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  7. I like the colours! Nice one!

  8. That is another beauty from your hands! Love the scheme. There's something about the Delfin I really like - kinda sleek in its own way, and has worn a variety of livery!

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