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Special Request build, La-5 FN*** COMPLETED***

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  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Special Request build, La-5 FN*** COMPLETED***
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, October 18, 2021 12:47 PM

So last night I received a special request via my brother in law from his grandson, my great nephew, that he would like another plane from Uncle Carlos. I have given him several of of my older builds, and also you may recall the Monogram Hurricane that I built for him a few years back. Now how can I say no to such a lad? The only problem was, I only have a few days to get it done before our next trip to visit, so the build has to be quick and simple. After mulling over my stash last nite, I settled on this baby

 

 

I’m going old school and high speed, so no add-ons, just straight OOB. I’ve built the related La-7 kit years ago and recall it is simple and straight forward, if somewhat inaccurate kit. So no real surprises or speed bumps should delay this. 

 

Besides, this gives me an excuse to get the newer & better Zvezda 1/48 La-5 FN…

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, October 18, 2021 3:44 PM

Looks like a good choice Carlos. My grandkids have a few of my throwaways hanging from their celings. On occasion my daughter will being one over for reoair.

Steve

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, October 18, 2021 4:07 PM

Well, I dunno Carlos - some Hobbycraft kits are real dogs... I hope you can optimize this one for good looks and let accuracy go here... Good luck with it!

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, October 18, 2021 4:11 PM

Steve, that's what this one is supposed to be, a ceiling hanger in a kids room. Just like the older kits that I've given him previously.


Pawel, that's my aim here, no worries about accuracy, build it up OOB quick as nice as I can within those limits and get it over to the brother in law for handoff.

I already have the Zvezda La-5 FN on order now for my own collection.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 18, 2021 4:52 PM

Ah yes beautiful slayer of Focke-Wulfs (Focke- Wulvies??)!!!

Nice choice! 

Guess I've only hit the good Hobbycraft kits. I mean they're no Hasegawa but I've not had reason to complain. 

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

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, October 18, 2021 5:02 PM

Your definitely a cool uncle.  I'm sure he's going to love it.  

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, October 18, 2021 5:09 PM

Gamera & WP, thanks.

G, I'm with you about the La-5 & La-7. Very good looking deadly birds! I have no problem with Hobbycraft kits. Sometimes they're the only game in town in 1/48 on certain subjects.

W, I'm sure that that he'll love it. He has been very happy with all the others that I've given him so far.

 

My progress so far…

 

Built the cockpit and painted the base colors. Just gonna dry brush the instruments and then install it. No washes or weathering…

 

 

And few of the sub assemblies that I can do so far- the main landing gear struts and the cowl & prop assemblies…

 

 

more to come later on…

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, October 18, 2021 6:52 PM

What a great kit to pass along.  With a little work those hobbycraft kits can look outstanding!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, October 18, 2021 9:27 PM

Thanks Chad. Yeah, I can see where this kit can easily be dressed up to really shine.

 

Well, this is as far as I’m going to go with this tonite. 

 

Fuselage assembled

 

 

IP Drybrushed and cockpit installed

 

 

Tomorrow I will get the seam clean up done and all the major assemblies added. It should be some serious construction progress.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:35 AM

Nice!!!

Looks just right for a quick, cheap, and dirty build!!!

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

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:14 AM

Is it done Yet?

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:21 PM

Gamera, it is indeed an ideal kit for a weekend/speed build.

John, it's getting there quick enough...

 

This morning after the gym I sanded the fuselage seams after letting that dry overnite. Then I added the wings…

 

 

And then I added the chin radiator, main gear well center plate, and the tail wheel mount. I also added some strip styrene shims at the rear of the wing to fill a gap there

 

 

I had to putty some small openings in the wing front that are a carry over from the common La-5/La-7 molds that should only be present on the La-7. I’m letting those dry before I sand them and resume adding the last assemblies.

 

More to come later on…

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:42 PM

So basic construction is now done. All that’s left to glue in place are the usual breakables: landing gear, pitot tube, antenna mast, and the bombs…

 

 

 

All ready to start painting later this evening…

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:11 PM

Yeah man, your making some great time with this one. Hobbycraft definitely gives the modeler a great starting point! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:51 PM

Thanks Chad. This is a fun little kit and a perfect for learning with. Either as a basic OOB build for beginners, or for trying out a bit of AMS techniques or materials upon without sinking a lot of money. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:51 PM

Looking good - fastest build maybe?   Should have done this one for the weekend group build.  Sometimes a quick build is both fun and rejuvinating.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:42 PM

I've got a couple of Hobby Craft kits myself, and they are good for adding a few details and coaxing out a great kit.

Nice work on this quicky lol. I'd love to see more.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:33 PM

John and Mike, thanks. 

John, this may not be my fastest build, but it sure has to rank up there. And this quick build is indeed rejuvenating.

Mike, I agree about Hobbycraft kits. You'll see more of this over the next couple of days. I need to get it all wrapped up by Thursday evening for passing on to the little guy over the weekend.

Tomorrow will be paint work. Stay tuned for photos then...

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:53 PM

Well, I’ve got the basic colors on now. Underside is Humbrol enamel 114, Russian Light Blue. My old bottle of Polly S Russian Underside Blue had dried out since my last Red Air Force build… Topside is Polly Scale USSR Light Topside Gray. That took two thinned coats hand brushed… I had painted the side exhaust panels with Testors square bottle Steel last night

 

 

 

next up, the Dark Gray disruptive pattern…

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by knox on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 4:10 PM

   I’m loving this!   Maybe because it represents my best work , but more likely because this just feels fun.  Thanks for posting, even though you are working against a tight deadline. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 4:35 PM

Thanks Knox! This is sure fun, but painting with a brush is a perishable skill, and I'm sure noticing my lack of practice in this particular art. Maybe paints have changed, maybe brushes have changed, but I don't remember having to do multiple coats like this to get a nice proper coverage on a subject like this as I used to before I owned and used an airbrush. Ah well.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:51 PM

She looks good to me! I don't see any issues in your photos.

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

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:40 PM

Gamera

She looks good to me! I don't see any issues in your photos.

 

Thanks Gamera. My quality control on this one is about the same as the Soviet's... lol! Wink

And the basic camo colors are all on now

 

 

 

 

decals tomorrow….

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:36 PM

Great subject Stik. Not one you see too often.  Your nephew is a lucky kid.  

 "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 Gamera on Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:25 AM

I LIKE it!!! Yes

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

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:15 PM

Gamera & Lawdog, thanks guys!

LD, how can you say no to a little kid in your family who asks you to build him an airplane? Aside from getting me out of my modeling doldrums and building again, it's a great way to make room in my stash for the better Zvezda La-5FN kit... Whistling

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Back to the bench on Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:36 PM

He is going to be one happy lad! The memories this generates for him and you both are the kind that can't be replaced.Yes

Gil
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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:22 PM

Gil, I'm pretty sure that he'll be quite jazzed

 

Decals are now on. So many to apply… all 10 of them… lol! 6 Red stars, 2 Bort numbers, and the “boosted” stencils on the cowling. Amazingly the Hobbycraft decals worked very well!

 

 

 

 

Just gotta add the final bits, do a sealing top coat, and this will be all finished…

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by knox on Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:32 PM

Yes.  That looks great.  You are all warmed up for the weekend GB. Thanks again for posting and have a safe trip. 

Edit:  I’ve condensed my stash to only planes I want to build. (Very limited variety, but lots of each one). Now I feel the need to add one of these.  It really is an attractive plane. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:48 PM

Ya know, this would be an ideal kit for the weekend GB. Too bad that this project didn't fall during the timeframe of that GB. Wink And yes, it is a sharp looking fighter!

Of course a Hobbycraft I-16 might work too... Hmm

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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