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Albatros in 1/72 scale kit review and modelling report: KP kits
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|Several L-39 Albatros models will
be made using the KP kit.
The first model to be finished as
a L-39C of the Azerbaijani air force
was made rather straight forward as described on
First various yellow panels were airbrushed using Revell Aqua 12 "gelb" on a mat white base after these were masked using the Harder Steenbeck and masking was needed. All other colours were airbrushed as well.
Camouflage colours used were these
The model was made "clean" without any tanks nor armament. It is mostly seen as used for jet training.
A few decals (also from the various
sheets such as from the Eduard kits) were applied after the model got a
gloss varnish coat using Future with the usual
Made from thin plastic card, some smaller antennas on the spine and lower aft fuselage were set in place. On each canopy a fixed handle is seen so 2 in total on the port left sides, these were made from thin sprue.
Finally the model got a semi-matt varnish clear coat using a mix of Tamiya Flat Base and Future with the usual technique. That completed the model.
Using another KP kit, this model was to be finished as a L-39 of the Ghana Air Force in Western Africa. The model was made rather straight forward as described on page 1....
The canopy was set closed. For the colour scheme: first the red panels were airbrushed on a white undercoat after masking using Revell Aqua 330 "feuerrot" acrylic.
Next, the colours used for the camouflage
There also black anti-glare inboard panels on the inner wing tip fuel tanks were added, painting those by hand with a brush. I could not clearly see if an anti-glare panel was on the nose so did not apply this one. A GSh-23L 23 millimeter twin barreled cannon was added using resin of set 72-002 from MIKU (but also the Eduard L-39 kit has it).
Markings came through decals from
various sources: the yellow intake warning triangles came from Aztec set
72049; the roundels were made by combining Spanish roundels with green
dots punched from decal with a Waldron Punch and Die set.
Currently the air force has no real fighter nor attack aircraft but it had Aermacchi MB339 aircraft until 2014. Some Mil helicopters, K-8 trainers and a Fokker F27 as well as some other utility aircraft are now in the inventory. The main GHF base is at Accra, close to Kotoka international airport and other bases are at Takoradi and Tamala.
|A third KP kit
was made, this
model was to be finished as a L-39 of the aerobatic team Belaya Rus of
Belarus. I used a Pavla canopy #72-25 and the cockpit got some extra
The KP model not was not that bad at all but sanding and putty was needed. I think I had an early pressed kit with still "fresh moulds".
The base colour is white with red (for which Revell Aqua 330 feuerrot was used) and a green through a mix of 90% Revell Aqua 61 smaragdgrun + 10% Revell 360 farngrun. Applying the complex colour scheme is a lot of work with patterns of a "Storch". The idea came from a BS Modelle 1/48 set. I used drawings to make a 1/72 decal design that was printed by a third party.
I made a photo copy of the decal design and used the print as a guide for masking. The lower surfaces are not indicated in the instructions, I used photos and the decals as guide.
An extra decal piece was airbrushed, handy to make repairs if needed.
Note the white area where the lower "storch" bird decals will come.
Each printed decal pattern needed to be cut out from the single film sheet.
I used a few red stars from the spares box as well.
The landing gear was used as per kit but got some hydraulics from thin wire. Some bits were set in the cockpit like seat harnesses and the student blind flying screen.
I also used some decals for the instrument panels and side consoles.
The new Pavla canopy was set but there are very tiny gaps, these were closed with white glue and painted when dried. The pitot tubes on the wing leading edges were replaced with metal needles. The final add ons were the static dischargers made from thin fishing line that also have a red paint.
A final gloss varnish coat completed this nice looking L-39.
[ area: 207,595 sq.km | population: 9,2 million | capital: Minsk | GDP 4,000 euro per capita nominal ]
Belarus was part of the Soviet Union until its collapse made it independent in July 1990. The country is ruled by the dictator Lukashenko with Putin's consent.
After independence several aircraft were taken over from the Russians but the next decades the fleet became quite small. Some Su-24, Su-27, MiG-29 and SU-25 aircraft were eventually the main combat aircraft along with L-39 trainers. Most were put out of service. Several helicopters used are Mi-24 and Mi-17. The most recent advanced trainer is the Yak-130 arriving in 2016 and a number of SU-30 strike aircraft are in service.
The main bases are Baranovichi, Lida and at Minsk.
L-39 BELAYA RUS aerobatic team
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