La-15 model in 1/72 scale
Lavochkin LA-15 was one of the
first jet fighters of the USSR. It was design "174D" of the Lavochkin
design bureau competing end 1940s with the Mikoyan-Gurevich design
The LA-15 layout offered better characteristics near MACH 1 speeds and
had good handling qualities. Its structure was complex and the
MiG-15 proved to have better rate of climb, more range and was simpler
to manufacture. Both MiG-15 and LA-15 went into production.
from the new Russian republic has issued this nice kit in 1/72.
was brought to me by my modelling friend Peter from Russia in 1993 and costing only 25
dollar cents in Moskou! Later I saw it was a kit from UNDA.
The kit needs removal of lots of flash. When neatly build, it results in a nice small model, just about 8 cm long.
The decals are useless, better seek others.
A lot of small parts are provided with even a detailed cockpit. The canopy needs polishing. The canopy was set open.
The dominant wing fences 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 enamel coat of Humbrol.
The model tends to be a tail sitter,
and there is not a lot of space to fit in led.
Also, some spare decals were airbrushed on decal in metal in a different metal hue, 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.
A nice LA-15 is in the model collection.
- Air international vol 26, page 209
- OKB MiG, Butowski and Miller, Aerofax inc, 1991
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