Try to build the Lavochkin La-7 released from ACADEMY. The kit I purchased quite before, the condition of the decal looks good.
I tried playing Pokemon Go around 5 days. I played carefully not to looking at my smart phone while walking. When I sat down at a bank and a ward office waiting for my turn, I did not notice to be called and warned I was absorbed in a game. I think that I get tired soon because it is a simple capture game, it is still interesting now.
The aces of the Soviet Air Force, we can choose Capt. Ivan N. Kozhedub and Lt. Col. Sergei F. Dolgushin.
I think La-7 is so big, but actually it’s a little larger than Polikarpov I-16.
There were no seat belts, I patched the seat belt of the modern U.S. Air Force. There is a large bulletproof plate on the back of the sheet. It may prevent the shoot from behind.
This time, I decided to paint the small parts prior to assembly. Almost all of the parts were filed.
I painted this seat belt and instrument panel finely, but hardly see it when I attach a canopy.
Because it never shows the gap on the bottom if I only display it, I think whether to remain it same as making AFVs. Because I don’t paint the bottom of the AFV, especially tanks.
When saying so, I had plastic paper in hand, so I decided to bury a gap.
I settle for this as this photo, a gap was filled up with simple work. When not burying a gap, the appearance from the side would be bad.
I masked the landing gear space. I always use the Mr. masking sol kai. Painted film is thick and easy handling.
The canopy was masked and it’s temporary attached now.
The part to paint with red and a yellow bright color covered the groundwork with white.
Though it is a Soviet airplane, I wonder it’s OK to paint in German Red… Anyway, it is a good coloring.
I painted the lower surface with RLM65 light blue MR. COLOR No.115, the upper surface is the No.306 Gray FS36270.
Now masking for some silver lines on the red nose.
It was necessary for shooting down marks to put several decals over, red stars and white stars.
It is difficult to put a decal on the uneven portion of the tail. It was finished paste somehow by making full use of the mark softer.
The Lavochkin La-7 fighters began deploying in 1944, performance at the low and middle height was very good. It was operated after the end of the WWII until around 1950, total production was approximately 8,000. Mass production of allied forces is large-scale.
Marking is the ace pilot of the 156 fighter regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Sergei F. Dolgushin No.93. The manual has a 165 fighter regiment, but probably it’s a misprint.
Lieutenant Colonel Dolgushin made a sortie more than 500 times during the war and shot down 17 planes and shot down 11 planes jointly. Red and white kill mark on the body side is such a meaning.
The Lavochkin La-7, there are 2 x 20mm machine-gun type and 3 x 20mm type, I think this Academy kit is 2 guns type.
This fighter has two 100kg bombs.
It looks large plane, maybe the wing area is large.
The body is straight, and there is not so much curves. Such design will feel fresh to me. The state-of-the-art Russian jet fighters are different, the linear fuselage was one of the characteristic of Russian jet over a period of time. I wonder if it’s tradition of this time.
I tried to make the insulator to the antenna line. I feel better somehow, whether it is right.
I did washing generally and performed weathering. It is a body that repeats a sortie many times.
Fuselage underside was also washed and inked.
There is a mold on the rubber tire when I see it well. It’s nice.
I blew air brush around the exhaust vents.
Compared with the real plane, squeezing thin towards the rear was not enough. I think it’s better to have dihedral angle a little more? Anyway, it’s impossible to fix with my ability…..
It’s also released from Hobby Craft, Eduard and HASEGAWA, so perhaps other kits are better. I think the decal is quite good.
Whole is a sober gray, Pinpoint flashy coloring is interesting. AFV models don’t have like this. It was a first WWII Soviet Union airplane for me.