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||Vector Kit No.
VRK 48-002 Lavochkin La-5F
|Contents and Media:
||47 parts in varicolured resin; 1
clear vacform part; printed acetate sheet (instruments); compound wheels; markings for
plus postage and handling ($5.50 in the USA, $7.50 elsewhere) available
online from Buffie's Best website
||Beautifully detailed; excellent surface
features including raised reinforcement strips, restrained fabric
texture and crisply engraved panel lines where appropriate; perfectly
cast; simple parts
breakdown; includes instrument dials on printed sheet; four marking options.
||Multicoloured resin is a little
off-putting (but won't effect final result)
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Vector has already released an impressive range
of 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale engines that feature jewel-like precision
and amazing detail. This Russian company has now turned its hand to full
resin kits. The debut releases cover a previously neglected corner of an
important family of VVS fighters.
Ian Robertson has already built
Vector's first release, the 1/48 scale Lavochkin La-5. In his
article, Ian commented that this was one of the easiest kits that he had
ever built, injection-moulded or resin.
It was logical that Vector's next release should
be the Lavochkin La-5F. The kit comprises 47 parts in varicolured resin;
1 clear vacform canopy; printed acetate sheet for the instrument dials;
compound resin and rubber wheels; and markings for four aircraft.
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The first impression is surprise at the piebald colouring of the
wings and fuselage. Careful examination reveals that this peculiar
finish has no adverse effect on the surface of the resin. In fact, the
resin is perfectly cast and beautifully detailed with an accurate and
restrained combination of raised and recessed detail as appropriate.
The wing is supplied as a single part with the wheel well detail cast
Both the fuselage halves and the wings are cast onto perforated
strips. These look daunting but are, in fact, quite easy to remove with
a sharp hobby blade and some care. After a few additional minutes
cleanup with a sanding stick, these main components will be ready for
Sidewall detail is cast onto the insides of the fuselage halves. This
will also speed construction.
A separate cockpit "floor" is supplied, as is a very nice pilot's
seat with the harness cast in place. The instrument panel is resin too,
with a separate sheet supplied with printed acetate instruments. For
some reason the instrument panel is not mentioned in the instructions,
so make sure that you remember to install it prior to mating the
Vector includes markings for four aircraft, all in the
late-war two-tone grey upper surfaces. Decals are in register and fairly
Instructions are supplied on a single sheet with a parts
layout and construction diagrams. Considering the simplicity of parts
breakdown, they are adequate.
Resin casting technology has reached a level of sophistication in
2006 that is seeing some very ambitious full kits hitting the
marketplace. In the best of these releases, cleanup of parts before
assembly is easier, the main parts are thinner and less prone to warpage,
and detail is world-class.
Vector's 1/48 scale Lavochkin La -5F and its predecessor, the La-5,
meet all of these high standards. I am looking forward to seeing what
else Vector has in the production pipleline.
If you have already dabbled with resin accessories and are
considering your first full-resin kit, this would be an ideal choice.
Review kit purchased with HyperScale funds
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Last updated 31 May, 2006
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