Lavochkin LA-15 "early jet"


La-15 model in 1/72 scale

The Lavochkin LA-15 was one of the first jet fighters of the USSR.  Nato code name was "Fantail"
La 15

 
An "unknown" company from the new Russian republic has issued this  nice kit in 1/72. It was brought to me be a friend in 1993 and costed only 25 dollarcents! It can found also at better Western modelshops though. 

The kit has fine details, but on the other hand needs removal of lots of flash. When neatly build, it results a a nice small model, just about 8 cm long.

A lot of small parts are provided with even a detailed cockpit. The only drawback of this kit are the unclear canopy taht needs polishing and the useless decals. When replaced it is a fine kit. The canopy was set open.
cockpit
Finished as Red Demonstrator at Tushino Air show , 1949, as shown in the kit's instructions. 

The model tends to be a tail sitter, and there is not a lot of space to fit in led. But is can be doen. 
rear view
The dominant wingfences were replaced with thin card.

The model was filled, sanded and than polished as the metal coat does not tolerate any scratches.

Sprayed in light grey cover coat first, the red areas were painted, masked and finally the rest of the surfaces sprayed with metal coat of Humbrol. 

Also, some spare decals were sparinted a different coat, cut out in some panels shapes and added as decal. This prevents masking on the metal surfaces, yet puts some more live into your model. 
upper view LA-15

 
 
References:
- Air international vol 26, page 209
  
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