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Lavochkin LaGG-3
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 12:35 AM UTC


Here's a build article of South Front's first 1/48 scale kit: the Lavochkin LaGG-3. Not quite an easy build but if you want to have an early variant of that plane in your collection you will have no other choice but to fight to get one.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 05:54 AM UTC
Nice build Jean-Luc. A good builder can make a substandard kit look good.

Is the black outline on the red star correct? I'm not the expert on Soviet aircraft, but I thought they were outlined in white.
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 09:22 PM UTC

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Is the black outline on the red star correct? I'm not the expert on Soviet aircraft, but I thought they were outlined in white.



Hi Carl!

Frankly I don't know. The only picture I know of that plane (it is printed in the kit's instructions) is very blurry and I suppose the black outline isn't 100% sure. However it make sense on the white wash background. Maybe a VVS expert can tell us more about this.

Thanks for the kind words!

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 12:43 AM UTC
Hi Jean-Luc

Fantastic work! A real inspiration for anyone considering tackling the South Front model - although, with two of the blighters in my stash, it's a little bit disappointing that you had to put in quite so much work to make something presentable out of the kit.

As regards the black-outlined star - they were a common variation. Erik Pilawskii states in his book "Soviet Airforce Fighter Colours 1941-1945":

"Black Bordered Star - A national star with a thin black border very popular in the 1941-43 period, particularly with certain aircraft programmes (for example on Yak fighters). This type of star fell out of use during 1943, and was not usually seen thereafter."

All the best

Rowan