Gremlin 1/48th scale

La-5 Resin Kit

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     This is an entirely resin La-5 kit that I purchased through EBay relatively cheaply. There is a Hobbycraft/Academy La-5 on the market but it is very poor and not recommended. This is a better alternative and one of two La-5 Projects I have. (The other is the Hobbycraft/LTD kit bash found here.) This project is now obselete since Zvezda launched a proper Injection moulded La-5. Amongst the various aftermarket items you can collect are:

 

  • Squadron vacformed canopy

  • Falcon Clearvax vacformed canopy

  • Extratech Seatbelts for VVS in the GPW

  • Eduard 'special' decals

  • Aeromaster Decals set 48009 and 48086

  • Aeroclub white metal propeller blades

  • True details weighted resin wheels

  • True details resin cockpit (for Hobbycraft/Academy)

  • Cutting Edge wheel hub masks

  • E-Z Mask canopy mask

  • Cooper Details CD 4836 WWII Russian Fighter Seats with belts

  • Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels

  • Eduard photoetch La-5FN landing flaps for Zvezda Kit ED48575

  • Eduard photoetch La-5FN self adhesive pre-painted in colour - engine cowling flaps, landing flaps, cockpit parts, undercarriage doors, instrument panel, gun sight, etc

  • Eduard photoetch La-5FN interior self adhesive pre-painted in colour for the Zvezda kit EDFE386 (Zoom simplified set with seat belts, instrument panels, etc)

  • AML Decals 1:48 Lavochkin La-5 Soviet Aces (4) No 3 Capt K.A.Novikov 40GIAP; No 40 Capt J.T.Cyganov 1 GIAD; No 60 Gen J.J.Savickj 3.IAK ; No 66 V.G.Serov 159.IAP 1943-44

Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit

 

  • 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)

  • AML Decal sets 4811, 4812, 4823, 4815

  • Avalon Decal set AVN4802

  • AML Aircraft detailing sets (resin) AMLA4821 1:48 Lavochkin La-5/La-5F/La-5FN (NEW) (PUR-Cowling & Exhausts) (designed to be used with Zvezda kits)

 

Kit Photos

Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit
The kit looks remarkably crude at first sight. The resin is a muddy-brown colour and very thick (of course). There is meant to be masks for the markings and canopy but I can only see the canopy mask... The main parts and decal sheet. The level of detail is actually quite nice with fin engraved panel lines. A further close-up reveals some attempt at detail in the cockpit.
Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit Gremlin 1/48th scale La-5 Resin Kit    
The Instructions are a little rudimentary but adequate - there simply aren't that many parts. Thankfully I have downloaded and printed a couple of great articles on the kit by Massimo Tessitori and Brett Green.    

Aftermarket Extras

"Legend" resin cockpit set for the Academy La-7 "Legend" resin cockpit set for the Academy La-7 Squadron vacformed canopies for both La-5 and La-7 White metal propeller blades by Aeroclub
Not listed above is the "Legend" resin cockpit set for the Academy La-7. This was picked up cheap off EBay. The detail is beautiful and it is intended to salvage an La-5 cockpit from the parts - well, it is a better start than the Gremlin cockpit! The Squadron vacformed canopies for both La-5 and La-7. Hopefully these two will be shared between this and the Hobbycraft/LTD project. A set of white metal propeller blades by Aeroclub. These are included here just in case we have problems with the resin set.
True Details Resin wheels Cooper Details CD 4836 WWII Russian Fighter Seats Cooper Details CD 4835 WWII Russian Fighter Main wheels  
True Details Resin wheels - one set reserved just for this kit in case of problems with the Gremlin wheels. 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

SuperScale Decal set 48-428 featuring La-7's and La-5FN's SuperScale Decal set 48-428 featuring La-7's and La-5FN's    
The SuperScale Decal set 48-428 featuring La-7's and La-5FN's of Popkov and Kozhedub. Definitely worth checking the references first. 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. I am not sure if this Gremlin La-5 builds into an FN though?    

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