Gavia 1/48th scale

Lavochkin La-7 3 Gun

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     This is one of three that I collected from EBay during 2006. Gavia produced three boxed versions; a low tech, a hi tech and the three gun hi tech version. This is the three gun hi tech release. Nice box art yeah? Of course Gavia is part of the same 'family' as Eduard so we are on solid ground here. Some of the accessories you can collect for this kit are:

 

  • Aeromaster Decals AMD48534 five aircraft including "White 23" of Major V. A. Orekhov

  • Eduard 'special' decals

  • Aeroclub propeller blades in white metal

  • Extratech seatbelts for the VVS in the GPW

  • True Details TD48054 weighted resin wheels

  • E-Z Mask Canopy Mask EZ093

  • Parts Accessories PTS48101 photoetch

  • Parts Accessories flaps PTS48102 photoetch

  • Loon Models LO48204 'No Cut' conversions La-7 3-gun, nose, seat, rudder

  • Tally Ho Resin La-7 wheels THR48024

  • Cooper Details CD 4836 WWII Russian Fighter Seats with belts

  • Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels

  • Barracuda Studios BCR48086 resin WWII Russian Fighter Mainwheels

  • Eduard ED49207 photoetch Lavochkin La-7 PRE-PAINTED IN COLOUR (designed to be used with Gavia kits)

  • Eduard EDFE207 photoetch Lavochkin La-7 PRE-PAINTED IN COLOUR (designed to be used with Gavia kits) 'Zoom' sets are simplified versions of the larger sets and include about 20 of the more important and prominent parts for detailing the aircraft

Gavia 1/48th scale Lavochkin La-7 3 Gun

  • Goffy Model La-7 cockpit, gun bay & vac canopy GOF4807

  • CMK Czech Master Kit resin detail set (cockpit) CMK4195 (designed to be used with Gavia kits)

  • CMK Czech Master Kit resin control surfaces (designed to be used with Eduard kits)

  • Karaya E4805 Shvetsov Ash-82FN/M-82FN Radial Engine in Resin for Lavochkin La-5FN, La-7, La-9, La-11 (for Zvezda La-5FN)

  • Rob Taurus RBT48003 vacformed canopy for Eduard

  • Squadron Vac formed canopy Squadron SQS9637 (SQS9524 to be used with Academy and Hobbycraft kits)

Kit Photos

Gavia 1/48th scale Lavochkin La-7 3 Gun Gavia 1/48th scale Lavochkin La-7 3 Gun Gavia 1/48th scale Lavochkin La-7 3 Gun Gavia 1/48th scale Lavochkin La-7 3 Gun
The sprues are all in a single bag that I obviously didn't open just for the photo. To see the contents in detail go to the lo tech Gavia La-7 Project here. This includes the extra resin parts just for the three gun nose. The clear parts, photoetch, canopy & markings mask plus instrument panel are packaged separately. The kit Instructions, Painting Guide and Decal sheet - all excellent.

Aftermarket Extras

Scale Aircraft Modelling February 2004 Aeroclub propeller blades Large colour photoetch set from Eduard which is the 'Zoom' set but with lots of extras Zoom' set of colour photoetch from Eduard
This is a useful piece of reference from Scale Aircraft Modelling published in the magazine in February 2004. Those Aeroclub propeller blades. It remains to be seen if these are in any way superior to the kit offering... This one set is reserved for the lo tech kit. This is the large colour photoetch set from Eduard which is the 'Zoom' set but with lots of extras. I will probably save this one set for the 'lo tech' version of the Gavia Kit. This is the 'Zoom' set of colour photoetch from Eduard. As you would expect it is beautiful however I will reserve this one set for use on the LTD LaGG-3 kit.
Part photoetch set AB48101 for the La-7 Part photoetch set AB48102 La-7 flaps Cooper Details CD 4836 WWII Russian Fighter Seats Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels
Part photoetch set AB48101 for the La-7. Part photoetch set AB48102 La-7 flaps. Cooper Details CD 4836 WWII Russian Fighter Seats with belts for ICM, Gavia, Hobbycraft, LaGG-3, La-5 & La-7 Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels for ICM, Classic Airframes, Hobbycraft, MiG-3, Yak-7, Yak-9, LaGG-3, La-5 & La-7.

Decals

Aeromaster decal set 48-534 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 3 Aeromaster decal set 48-534 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 3 Aeromaster decal set 48-534 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 3 SuperScale Decal set 48-428
The Aeromaster decal set 48-534 "Falcons of the Red Star" Part 3. This early set from Aeromaster predates their involvement with Erik Pilawskii hence the use of FS colour references. Five La-7's are on offer here. This set seems to pre-date the Gavia kit judging by its advice to use the Academy/Hobbycraft kit. The SuperScale Decal set 48-428 featuring La-7's and La-5FN's of Popkov and Kozhedub. Definitely worth checking the reference first!
SuperScale Decal set 48-428      
Three aircraft depicted on the set are those of Ivan Kozhedub, one La-5FN is on an unknown pilot with the final 'FN being Popkov.      

 

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