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1/48 Hasegawa (Gavia Mold) Lavochkin La-7 (Ivan Kozhedub) 176th IAP FINISHED

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/48 Hasegawa (Gavia Mold) Lavochkin La-7 (Ivan Kozhedub) 176th IAP FINISHED
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, November 02, 2018 4:09 AM

Here's a new one for me, a Russian subject.  This will be my first.  I was originally going to just post the finished pics, but I figured some would be curious about this subject.  I'm building the Gavia (Hasegawa boxing) of the Ivan Kozhedub's "White 27".  Truthfully I don't know much about Russian pilots, other than they got better as the war went on through training and better equipment, such as this particular subject.  It's my understanding that Kozhedub was the highest scoring allied ace with 62 kills, which includes an Me 262.  I gotta admit, Hasegawa's box art is pretty neat.  

Regarding the La-7, I just don't know much about them.  I knew they were mostly wooden, crude in design and workmanship....and extremely fast.  It's my understanding the La-7 was Russia's best piston engined fighter. 

The kit appears to be equally crude and basic as well.  I read some positive reviews about this mold and was wondering if they were talking about this same kit I had.  Eduard has boxed this mold as well. To be fair, I was checking out a walkaround on youtube of a real one and in the close up shots you could tell these were poorly built and thrown together due to the obvious high demand. Perhapd the simplicity of the kit was intentional.  

Anyways, I figured I'd drill out some stuff, add some cockpit PE, then give it a decent paint job and be done with it.  With that, I'll segue into the cockpit.  As I said, it's really nothing to write home about.  I added PE seatbelts and instrument panel.  Research indicated the interiors were a light grey.  I used XF-19 Light Grey.  I must admit I was happy with how the seat turned out.  It should be a decent focal point for an otherwise boring cockpit. 

 

In no time I was here.  This is a very simple kit.  

........but don't mistake simple with good engineering.  I had gaps everywhere.  As you can see it needed alot of putty, particularly in the wing root "trenches'.  The cannon cover didn't fit all that great either.

Once I was satisfied with the seam (and putty) work, I preshaded and painted in the white and red parts. I also sprayed the prominent metal panels on the fuselage with Alclad Dark Aluminum.

These were then all taped off for the rest of the painting. So much better than decals.

The scheme I'm doing is the two tone grey over light blue.  I believe AMT 11 and 12 over AMT 7.  I started with the 7.  I mixed XF-23 Light Blue with XF-8 Blue then added some white thusly. Since these were all wooden, I want to add some interest, so I faded and streaked it a bit with more white here and there. Later I'll dirty it up with a post shade.  

Next I switched to the AMT 11, which I believe is a grey with a hint of blue.  I used XF-25 Light Sea Grey with a touch of white.  I gave it the same fading treatment, to include the control surfaces.   

Next it was time for AMT 12, which was essentially a dark grey.  I used XF-24 Dark Grey.  I rolled up Blue Tac to mask the pattern off then filled in with cheap tape as an addtional mask.  I used Eduard's La-7 instructons which I found online (below) to get an idea on how the camo pattern went.

 

Not bad...

I then gave it a post shade with alcohol diluted XF-1 Flat Black and XF-64 Red Brown.  This is where they start to come to life for me. I will do more with AK oils later. 

Here you can see where I drilled out the nose cannons.  It was challenging since the barrels were angled (I'm not sure why).  

I grimed up the underside a bit too.  I hope I didn't overdo it, but I suspect these got pretty dirty.    

I'll be decaling soon.  I have to use the kit provided ones.  Wish me luck in this endeavor.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

Ole
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  • From: Central VA
Posted by Ole on Friday, November 02, 2018 6:50 AM

Crude kit or not, you make it look easy!

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 02, 2018 7:19 AM

Looks fantastic - and an interesting subject.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 02, 2018 7:53 AM

I built that kit in the Gavia boxing years ago- maybe 10-15 or so. What I can remember of it I enjoyed the build, maybe it's just my brain slipping in old age that I don't remember the problems with it. 

As usual you're doing a fantastic job. Mine came out decent but you're already light-years ahead of mine. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Nathan T on Friday, November 02, 2018 8:33 AM

Nicely done Joe. I have this kit in the Eduard boxing with lots of AM to go with it. And now I mostly build jets so I'll probably be selling it off soon. The main thing I remember about the kit is the main gear legs are moulded too long. They give the kit a crazy nose high stance on the ground. You'll maybe want to trim them down some. You'll have to look at pictures to see what I mean. Keep up the good work!

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:17 AM

I built one of these last year in the Academy version. It too is a simple kit with not much to talk about. I really like the look of this AC, but I have to admit, once built they are smaller in scale than they appear in photos and drawings.

I love the work you've done to this one, it looks fantastic.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:36 AM

Amazing work Joe! I really like how the white streaking looks. It’s subtle but it really adds depth. Wished I would’ve thought of it for my 109 As usual you can take something plain and make it fantastic. Thank you for sharing your techniques

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, November 05, 2018 10:26 PM

Thanks guys.

 

Nathan, thanks for the info in the landing gears. Rather than risk messing them up I’ll probably leave them be.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 3:51 AM

I finished this one up last night.  I used the kit decals which surprisingly went down well.  Someone else must have made them for Hasegawa.  Regarding the kit, I have mixed feelings  It reminded me of one of those limited run kits......crude and forgetable.  Perhaps I'm just not a fan of Russian Aircraft.   

The sliding portion of the canopy was too thick to display open, so I polished it and glued it closed.  I sort of like the streamlined look. 

I can't think of anything else to mention about it.  Here it is and thanks for following....

 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by damouav on Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:29 AM

Great work again.

In Progress
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, November 10, 2018 6:45 AM

I have a Hobby Craft La-7 in my stash. Would this be the same kit, I wonder. I have yet to open the box to examine the kit. I've thought about a diorama with a Soviet lend-lease P-39 for the kit.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Nathan T on Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:44 AM

Very nice work Joe!  I get what you mean by limited run feel to that kit. But there aren’t too many other options for an LA-7. 

FotoFrank- the Academy kit you have is not the same.  

 

 

Ole
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Posted by Ole on Saturday, November 10, 2018 9:15 AM

Very nice work on an unusual plane.

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Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, November 10, 2018 3:11 PM

Stunning work Joe. I really like how the weathering turned out. Thanks again for sharing

 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 3:21 PM

That is one very nice model. You've made a beautiful job of it

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, November 10, 2018 3:26 PM

Do you ever sleep LD??  As usual, you have made an outstanding example of a fine aircraft. Well done!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:01 PM

fotofrank

I have a Hobby Craft La-7 in my stash. Would this be the same kit, I wonder. I have yet to open the box to examine the kit. I've thought about a diorama with a Soviet lend-lease P-39 for the kit.

 

 

Thanks guys..

Frank, indeed that is a different kit and from what I understand it’s a step down from this one. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:14 AM

Well done, Joe. I like the looks of the La-7 and you nailed this one, as usual. It needs more grime, after all, it is a Soviet bird. JK, very nicely done.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 1:39 AM
Thanks Brandon...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, November 15, 2018 4:51 AM
Great finish as usual Joe. You can definitely tell how small it is on your base as compared to your Jug builds

 

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