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Author Topic: LA-5 White 57.  (Read 3144 times)
barneybolac
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« on: January 17, 2014, 01:23:21 PM »

Anyone have any additional information on this aircraft at all?

I can't read Russian so I am not sure what it says.



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KL
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 08:06:32 PM »

Both photo and profile captions are wrong...  Sad  Photo says "12th Air Army", profile says "32 iap" (32nd fighter regiment)

Photo and the plane are interesting.  It was one of the early La-5FNs (black + green scheme was extremely rare on La-5FNs).  It belonged to the 32nd giap (32nd guards fighter regiment).

32nd giap received its first La-5FNs in March 1943. Actually, the official VVS La-5FN acceptance/combat tests were done by the 32nd giap.  In late March/early April 1943, regiment was withdrawn from the front and sent to Malino airbase to completely reequip to new La-5F and La-5FN.  First squadron received La-5FNs while remaining two squadrons received La-5Fs.  During this period, from February to April 1943, regiment was commanded by Stalin's son Vasily Stalin.
In early May 1943, regiment was sent back to the combat, to Bryansk Front.

We may assume that your photo was probably taken in April 1943 when regiment was behind the frontline ie. during the training with new La-5FNs.

HTH,
KL
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barneybolac
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 02:40:35 AM »

Thank you for the reply.
I thought I posted the link for the book before & I hadn't so here it is.


http://en.calameo.com/read/0013529286c8061b3292a

A few interesting pictures in it of other aircraft as well.
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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 04:09:21 PM »

Hi,
on this profile, the shape of the black hemispherical band under the star on the fuselage side is drawn in an unlikely long way.
All Lavochkins had this band much shorter.

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Massimo
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barneybolac
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 11:45:34 AM »

Thank you all for your help my friend skinned this very quickly.

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Massimo Tessitori
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 12:58:27 PM »

Very nice work.
Only, I think that the thin outline of the numbers should be blue. At least, the only known wreck has blue outlines, and they were painted on the line, so I think they all are the same.

Besides the black band on the tail appears more straight and vertical on photos.
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66misos
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 01:32:50 PM »

Hi Barney,
it looks good in 3D. It is from Il-2 Sturmovik game skin editor?
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KL
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 05:21:23 PM »

Only, I think that the thin outline of the numbers should be blue. At least, the only known wreck has blue outlines, and they were painted on the line, so I think they all are the same.

Besides the black band on the tail appears more straight and vertical on photos.

the wreck is from Poland, the plane was shot down in late 1944 or 1945. The plane must have been made in 1944 and it was finished in gray+dark gray scheme.  In 1944 fuselage numbers were painted in factories and in case of La-5, had outlines.

La-5FN "white 57" was made in early 1943 and painted in different scheme.  In 1943 fuselage numbers were painted in regiments, usually didnt have any outlines.
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2014, 06:01:53 PM »

That does look good in 3D, whatever the outlines should be.  Your friend did an excellent job!

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Jason
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barneybolac
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2014, 07:46:38 PM »

Hi Barney,
it looks good in 3D. It is from Il-2 Sturmovik game skin editor?
Regards,
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