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Author Topic: La-7 color interpretation?  (Read 3116 times)
Greg C.
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« on: June 09, 2008, 02:15:30 AM »

Hi gang...
I'm soliciting thoughts on a photo I'm sure a lot of you have seen.  It's a posed photo of six La-7s in flight.  All six clearly have the same finish The photo can be found on page 62 of Red Star Volume 10, Lavochkin's Piston-Engined Fighters, (where they are incorrectly identified as La-5s!) as well as page 32 of MBI's Lavochkin La-7 title.  The same photo can also be found in a number of other publications, including a Squadron In-Action book IIRC.
Anyway, I have seen this photo interpreted in various ways, but my thought is that the upper-surface has a single-color finish of AMT-12, with a red cowling.  All six aircraft are visible to some extent, and all look alike.

I'm thinking a Gavia La-7 would look pretty good in this scheme...
Massimo Tessitori
Hero Member
Posts: 5942

« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 06:56:47 AM »

Hi, Smiley
I think that your interpretation is likely. Note the red trim tab on plane 01 only, and a sort of white round on the top of all rudders.
John Thompson
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Hero Member
Posts: 1544

« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 12:44:52 AM »

I'm guessing that the round white marking on the rudder is the La-7 badge, usually applied to the engine cowling, but also seen frequently on the tip of the rudder.

Dark Green Man
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Posts: 416

« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008, 05:58:00 AM »

I think you are both right.

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