Lavochkin La-5 “Silver 69”

Vital Stats

  • Manufacturer: Zvezda
  • Scale: 1:48
  • Aircraft: Lavochkin La-5
  • Markings: Silver 69 | 159th IAP
  • Aftermarket: AML decals


I will admit, I was a bit nervous about tackling Zvezda’s La-5. The Russian kitmaker has something of a spotty reputation, and several of the reviews I read went on at length about fit issues. Now that I’ve come out the other side, I can say that this kit is truly something special. The detail is superb and the fit, it not on par with the best Tamiya has to offer, is certainly a match for Accurate Miniatures. The engineering is a bit over-the-top, especially with regard to the internal structure, but if you pay attention and take your time, you’re rewarded with a very nice model of one of the most significant aircraft of World War II.

I did run into several issues with this build, but these were the products of my own errors or of paints and other supplies behaving badly, not the kit.




7 Comments Add yours

  1. Richard Kiss says:

    Hey Doogs,

    excellent Lavochkin, nice build and paintwork.


  2. Brilliant Lavochka! I’m doing the very same aeroplane and markings in 1/72nd scale (the old Cooperativa kit rebranded by Eastern Express). If mine looks half as nice I’ll be happy!

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