- 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.
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- Build Report 2 – Painting
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- Build Report 3 – The Wheels Come Off