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KPC-054 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit

KP/Mastercraft KPC-054 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit
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KPC-054 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit

KP/Mastercraft 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit. Pic.1
KP/Mastercraft 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit. Pic.1

KP/Mastercraft 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit. Pic.2
KP/Mastercraft 1/72 Lavochkin La-5FN Soviet Aces Part I model kit. Pic.2

The La-5FN marks the middle stage in the development of Lavochkin's propeller driven fighters, begun in 1940 by the Lagg 1 and culminating with the La 11 in 1947.
The shortage of M105P liquid cooled in-line engines used in the Lagg 1 and Lagg 3 fighters, led to the experimental mounting of the Ash 82,14 cylinder two row radicle engine to a modified Lagg 3 air-frame. Results of flight testing were to promising it was decided to put the new aircraft into production as the Lag- 5, so initiating development which culminated with the La-5FN.
The Introduction of the efficient Ash-82FN direct fuel injection engine into the La-5 air frame resulted in the La-5FN, the final development in the La-5 series.
The La-5FN typifies front-line fighter aircraft of its are although the critical shortages of aluminum and aluminum alloys hod dictated that Lavochkin used mainly wooden construction for the air-frame.
Altogether some 10,599 La-5 aircraft of versions, were produced in the ported 1942-1944. The first La-5FN were issued in March 1943 any being super ceded when the La-7 was Introduced in April. 1944.
The first na Soviet unit to receive the Lavochkin fighter was the 1 at Czech fighter regiment and was incorporated in the 2nd Air Amy under the command of experienced group off Czechoslovak pilots who hod previously flown in the RAF. As serving members of the RAF it hod token the approval of the British Cabinet to transfer the men. 20 Pilots under the command of Captain Frantisek Foitl set sail from Glasgow for the Soviet Union on 21st February 1944, aboard the ship Reino del Pacific.
On the 14th April, 1944 the Czech Pilots started training It Ivanovo airfield. Familiarization on the La- 5UTI began on 3rd May, the Pilots progressing to the La-5FN the flowing doit The 3rd May had seen the unit officially integrated into the Soviet organization as the 128 Czechoslovak Squadron in the USSR.
By June 16th. 1944 the unit was re-designated at the 1st Czechoslovak Independent and was incorporated In the 2nd Air Army under the command of General Krosivskij
On 10th September, 1944 the unit was ready for action.
The Slovak National Uprising started on 29th September, 1944 and the regiment was sent to aid the uprising on the 17th September, the first time the Czech Pilots hod landed in their homeland for five years. Operating from an airfield complex known as Try Duby (Three Oaks) the unit was in action the very next day. taking the Germans completely by surprise.
The occupying forces had no idea that the air support was operating behind their lines. The initial ground attack raids on the German airfields caused great damage among parked Luftwaffe aircraft.
The winter and spring of 1944/49 sow Czechoslovak Lavochkin's operating in Poland and Northern Morcvio these units stilt operating at the termination of hostilities.
After WW11, La-5FN's were issued to the newly reformed Czechoslovak Alrforce, and continued in service up to 1946.

Technical data and performance
La-5FN had mixed wood-metal construction, metal fuselage longeron, wooden skinning Powered by the Ash-82FN engine with direct fuel injection, giving a maximum speed of 580 km/h at 1500 m (360 mph at 5000 feet)
Armament two belt fed 20 MM ShVak cannon with 200 R.P.G. also four 82 mm rackets or 130 kg bombs

Take-off power - 1650 h.p
Cruise power - 1430 h.p
Wiing span - 9 800 mm (32 ft, 5 3/4in)
Length - 8500 mm (27 ft, 10 3/4 in)
Height - 2540 mm (8 ft, 4 in)
Weight, empty - 2800 kg (6173 ib)
Loaded - 3360 kg (7406 ib)
Max. speed - 667 km/h (402 m.p.h.) at 5000 m
Cruising speed - 622 km/h (386 m.p h.) at 5000 m
Landing speed - 155 km/h (96 m.p.h)
Climb to - 1000 m (3260 ft) 18,5 sees
Ceding - 10,000 m (32 808 ft)
Range - 700 km (435 miles)

Description, camouflage schema and technical data compiled in collaboration with the Historical Military Institution and the Exhibition of Aircraft and Cosmonautics at Prague Kbely