Aero L-39 Albatros of HPH in 1/32 scale
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Aero L-39 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. 

Main dimensions: 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:
(1) Czech AF camouflaged L-39 , 1999 with colours FS 14079 green, FS 14255 light green and FS 16440 light grey;
(2) Algerian AF , 623 Escadron coded "NL-57" with camo colours FS 20777 earth, cream FS 23169 and blue-grey FS 25256;

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.

The resin parts are all bagged in a full box! They all need some work to remove their moulding stubs and removal of thin resin flash.

WARNING: saw resin only UNDER WATER and WEAR A FACE MASK!!!! RESIN Is DANGEROUS STUFF!


Armament for the "L-39" ZA is also in this kit with bombs, gun fairing and their pylons.

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.....


I started with airbrushed some basic grey paint as primer, e.g. on the etched metal.

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:

as well as some internal moulding stubs....

This can all be done with sand paper and a saw. Use PLENTY of water and a face mask for your health protection!

The edges between rear and forward fuselage parts need cutting off as well.

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.


The cockpit has loads of detail. 


 

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References:

- Albatros in detail, WWP Wing and Wheels, Present Aircraft Line No5;

IPMS NL walkaround:
http://www.ipms.nl/walkarounds/walkaround-vliegtuigen-jets/1980-walkaround-l39-albatros.html

Internet:
- http://l39.com/
 


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