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As major assembly and the major sanding work was done, the next steps are fitting the vertical fin, tailplane and other parts.
The detailstep 67 for undercarriage is done later, first do major fuselage work. Later I found out that I should have cut open and removed the main gear bay doors, but this is very unclear in the instructions!
In STEP 68 the lower inspection window was set.
STEP 54s and 55
All major assembly work was now done. Other parts were set glued with "Superglue".
The model now got first a base coat and any surface irregularities will shown up.
I started with the lower aircraft model coat: HPH indicates FS25526 light blue for the Algeria AF L-39 which looked a lot like RLM blau. I used Gunze Sangyo acrylic #67, applied with the airbrush. The cockpittub area was masked.
Next, the lower surfaces where masked
off and after drying the upper surfaces got a coat of Revell Aqua grey
371 "hellgrau" acrylic paint. It looked all OK.
Next, the two desert camouflage colours for the Algeria AF L-39 were applied:
- Matt cream FS23619, for which I used Gunze Sangyo H313 sand.
- Matt light earth FS20277 for which I used a mix of 50% Revell aqua #17 + 40% aqua #85 and 10% aqua #65. This blends into a medium brown colour. Mix some extra paint and keep it in a spare jar for later re-touching work that is always needed!
I started with the cream and after drying the light earth (medium brown) for which I used paper masks held in my hand during airbrushing. This works very well as my Harder & Steinbeck airbrush is very fine and gives soft edges.
Also, do not forget to airbrush the
canopies and windscreen. HPH provides masks but these do not fully cover
the clear areas. I used them with some extra masking tape.
And finally, the black anti-glare panels on the nose and tiptanks were applied with airbrush after masking, using Revell aqua matt black #08.
The masks were removed.
The HPH decals are fine but very thin, be carefull. All stencils are there and very well shown in the instructions.
I change the "57" number to "75" to
get a slightly different look of a L-39ZA Albatros
of the Algerian Air Force no. 2 squadron.
For the weapons and stores, I picked the 2 rocket pods as in the kit seen in STEP 82. They are very detailed. Strangely though, I only had 2 pylons (and not 4). STEP 83 shows their position under the wing.
The seats were painted as shown in
kit instructions STEPs 8-14 and details added as provided in the kit. I
did not use the full harness details, but most of them.
STEPs 66-67 UNDERCARRIAGE
NOTE: I now added the undercarriage with the gear legs but found out that I should have removed the main gear bays doors! This is not shown in the HPH instructions.
resin gear legs #70, 71 are as proved later TOO WEAK although having
metal wiring moulded inside by HPH.
Also, on the gearlegs, I added some hydraulics wiring made from stretched sprue for the braking system as seen on a real L-39 Albatros.
The internal gun as seen in STEPs 75-77 was set in place. Some wiring was added and the gun cover part #73 already prepared after being painted metallic inside. When painted it was set in place in the open position. I used a piece of rubber to keep it flexible.
Please note that setting the canopies CLOSED is not well possible on this model as their fit gives large gaps around the canopies. So, the canopies were set open and that shows the cockpit details to good advantage.
From metal wire the actuators/retracting
bars were made from scratch as shown in STEP 89. The tiny canopy locks
(PP110) were finally set in place and painted light grey.
STEPs 59 and 60
Some light weathering was done with a pencil and ProModeller wash in aileron panels, trimtabs ansd wheelhubs and legs.
Finally, the model got a coat of semi-matt varnish, using Johnson Future/Pledge with 5% mixed in TAMIYA X-21 "flat base" matting agent. This was applied with the airbrush. It gives the decals a protective coat and the model a nice even semi-matt look.
a 1/32 L-39 ALBATROS. Not an easy kit to make, but worthwhile looking at
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