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Author Topic: La-5 from Roden LaGG-3 and ICM Su-2?  (Read 3703 times)
Aaronw
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« on: December 18, 2012, 06:39:55 AM »

From what I've pieced together we really don't have a satisfactory La-5 in 1/72. The AML being a chore to build, and the rest just wrong. With the Roden LaGG-3 seemingly a decent representation of the aircraft and the Su-2 apparently a pretty nice effort, would I be completely off course lopping off the nose of an LaGG-3 and grafting on the nose of the Su-2 as was apparently done on the prototype?

Assuming this is not crazy talk, would I be better off with a series 35 or 66 kit, and how much nose do I need to remove from the LaGG-3. Anything I'm missing here? Is there a better way to do this, maybe one of the La-5s is salvagable combined with other bits.


I am well aware actually building such a model will release a swarm of newly tooled La-5s, but I'm willing to live with that.  Grin
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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 08:10:30 AM »

Hi Aaronw,
I don't think it is a good idea, the existing models are not so bad to justify this. I built the model of Maquette and had some problems with the frail plastic, but apart for the onion-shaped engine it looked decent.
Take into account that the canopy of the Roden is too flat and not fully identical to that of La-5, that the kit of Su-2 of ICM has an-M88 engine instead of an M-82. This time would be better utilized to convert a kit into something that doesn't exist yet.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 06:59:36 PM »

P&J resin La-5 with two different canopy and decal over 30 paint options, costs U.S. $ 27 + shipping.


Better yet no one did. And in the plastic it probably will not be soon.
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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 07:06:04 PM »

It's really well made. Is it possible to make a trainer version too?
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 07:13:10 PM »

Thank you, Massimo.
Later planned to return to this subject. As soon finish a series of jet Lavochkin, will do La-9, La-11, La-5F, La 5UTI maybe La 5FN. So confess encyclopedic approach ...  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 08:23:44 PM »

All the new La-5's would be very nice, Musa (and of course the La-9 and La-11)!

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Jason
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2012, 08:50:45 PM »

Hey Aaron - I can personally testify to the excellence of the Prop & Jet La-5 if resin kits don't scare you - it's brilliant, and for $27 it's a terrific bargain. This thread may help with arranging a purchase, although I'm sure Musa can give you guidance as well:
http://sovietwarplanes.com/board/index.php?topic=1157.0

John
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Aaronw
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012, 03:42:55 AM »

Resin is fine, and that is a fair price, not anymore than buying the two kits I mentioned to Frankenstien an La-5 from. The list of recommended kits I have is a few years old and at the time I guess P&J was either not available, or not considered for a casual VVS builder (I'm not obsessed yet like some, but I'm working on it  Grin ).

Added to my list, thanks.
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