Zvezda, 1/48 scale
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||Zvezda 4801 - La-5FN Soviet Fighter
|Contents and Media:
||132 parts in grey coloured plastic;
10 parts in clear; markings for
||Around USD$20.00, available
worldwide from specialist hobby
||High quality injection plastic
mouldings including very finely recessed panel lines, subtle rivet lines
and convincing fabric texture;
very high level of detail including full engine bay; good quality clear
parts; narrow sprue attachments; long-awaited
variant of this important Soviet fighter.
||Some sink marks and ejector pins in
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Until recently, the early products of the Soviet
Lavochkin Bureau have not been well served in scale plastic.
Hobbycraft's old 1/48 scale La-5 kit was fatally flawed, but we were
relieved when Vector released their magnificent resin La-5 and La-5F
kits. The only wrinkle with these highly authentic and well detailed
models was a price tag of almost USD$100.00 each.
Zvezda has now released their intial offering in
the Lavochkin family, which is also their very first 1/48 scale kit -
the Lavochkin La-5FN.
Zvezda's 1/48 scale La-5FN comprises 132 parts in
grey coloured plastic; 10 parts in clear and markings for three
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The plastic parts are produced to a very high standard.
The plastic is smooth in texture. The surfaces of this
largely wooden aircraft are faithfully reproduced - large areas of
smooth skin supplemented where appropriate with very crisp, consistent and finely
recessed panel lines. I really like the jagged hinge line on top of the
engine cowl, and selected rows of ultra-fine rivet lines are also
moulded to the metallic areas. Fabric texture on the rudder and
elevators is good. Sprue attachment points are fine too. There are a few
sink marks visible on the fuselage halves (notably the port side above
the wing root). These should be filled and sanded before commencing
assembly. There are also jut a couple of faint ejector pin ghosts inside
the fuselage halves which can be left alone or dealt with using Mr
Surfacer or similar. There is very little flash present on any of the
This is a long-run injection moulded kit, so full
locating holes and pins are present to assist alignment.
These plastic parts are very impressive - at least up to
the standard of the latest from Revell of Germany.
Zvezda has not been stingy with detail either. A highly
detailed engine is included, complete with the complex mounting
structure. Indeed, this interior structural detail stretches right back
to the rear fuselage. The cockpit is encased in this separate framework,
and three additional fuselage stations are installed in the rear cockpit
section to deliver one of the most detailed 1/48 scale fighters that you
will see straight from the box.
The slats, ailerons and rudder are all provided as
separate parts, so they may be posed according to the modeller's
The clear parts are another highlight. They are thin and
free of distortion. Two styles of rear section are supplied, and the
sliding section is separate to the windscreen. Navigation lights are
included as tiny separate clear parts.
Markings for three aircraft are provided on a
matt-textured decal sheet. The decals are
nicely in register and the colours look good.
This attractive package is rounded out with a rather
cranky looking seated pilot figure. His detail is also very good
Zvezda's 1/48 scale Lavochkin La-5FN was a pleasant surprise to me,
to say the least.
In recent years, Zvezda's moulding quality has been steadily
improving. Their debut 1/48 scale offering represents the apex of this
development so far. Not only is the surface texture world class, but the
included detail is very comprehensive.
The trade off for this very high level of detail is that some care
will be required aligning all the parts, especially interior elements
such as the engine and the fuselage stations. Even so, this should not
be beyond the capabilities of a patient modeller with moderate
The results will undoubtedly be worth the effort!
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