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Lavochkin La-5 / KPM14406

Kovozavody Prostejov 1:144

Plastic model kit for assembly and painting.

11.99 $ Add

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The La-5's heritage began even before the outbreak of war, with the LaGG-1 and LaGG-3 aircraft.
LaGG-3 was fitted experimentally with new Shvetsov Ash-82 radial
engine in 1942. When the prototype took the first flight, the result was very pleasing.
After flying the LaG-5, Air Force test pilots declared it superiorto the Yak-7.

Maximum-rate production and the conversion of any incomplete LaGG-3 airframes to the new configuration of the aircraft was ordered by July 1942. While still inferior to the best German fighters at high altitudes, the La-5 proved to be every bit their match closer to the ground. With most of the air combat over the Eastern Front taking place at altitudes of under 5,000m (16,404ft), the La-5 was very much in its element.

Further refinement of the aircraft involved a fuel-injected engine, further lightening of the aircraft, and fixed slats to improve all-round performance.
This was designated the La-5FN and would become the definitive version of the aircraft. Altogether, 9,920 La-5s of all variants were built, including a number of dedicated trainer versions, designated La-5UTl. Further refinements of the aircraft would lead to the Lavochkin La-7.

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