Albatros in 1/32 scale kit review & modelling report of the HPH kit by Meindert de Vreeze
The Czech Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer aircraft developed as a successor of the Aero L-29 Delfin. It has been produced sind the mid nineteen seventies in large numbers for former Warsaw Pact countries and has been a good trainer since. Many L-39 aircraft were also sold abroad to e.g. African countries. It is also possible to fit armament for a ground attack role. Over 2,500 L-39s have been delivered to over 30 air forces around the world.
The "ZA" variant produced since 1976 is an upgraded L-39ZO for armed training and light attack, with a GSh-23L 23 millimeter twin barreled cannon attached in a conformal pod under the pilots' compartment. Outer pylons are wired to carry K-13 or R-60 air-to-air missiles.
Length: 12.13 m , Wingspan: 9.46 m , Height: 4.77 m.
Look also at
the smaller 1/72 L-39 models here...
The HPH Model of the Aero L-39 ZA Albatros is a 1/32 scale model kit with resin parts. It was released in 2012.
There are many many resin parts, no
plastic parts. Painted etched metal is inside and also paint masks are
provided and even some colour chips for paint reference.
Decals are in this kit for 2 schemes:
The schemes are presented on nice full colour drawings.
The kit looks very well researched
and is packed with details and the decals are very impressive as well.
saw resin only UNDER WATER and WEAR A FACE MASK!!!! RESIN Is DANGEROUS
The fuselage is in four main parts
and looks a bit difficult to get assembled. We will find out!
TIP: the HPH L-39 kit instructions can be downloaded from their website here.....
Some other parts also got a first
base grey coat.
The fuselage halves are large and
need some sanding and removal of hatches and clearing of gaps. The optional
pilot cockpit entry steps are nice and were opened up.
The nose moulding gate needs removal:
For some external detail of the airframe, some etched metal needs parts are used that need bending. The tub requires removal of some areas on the base in order to fit the (optional) internal entry step bays.
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