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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard L-39C Albatross Photoetched Metal Detail Set
Zoom Series; for the Trumpeter Kit -- 1:48 Scale

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The L-39 Albatross was a Czech-produced Warsaw Pact trainer that is today quite popular in the West among private owners and a few jet demonstration teams.  In fact, just a few days before writing this review, I had the pleasure of spending a little time with the Warrior Flight Team who visited northern Virginia.  They operate a pair of L-39s and it is always a lot of fun to watch the L-39 fly.

There have been several 1:48 scale L-39 kits produced over the years, including MPM and Special Hobby’s rather well known offerings.  In 2017, Trumpeter entered the fray with their L-39C and L-39ZA.  I’ve informally taken a look at the L-39C kit.  While the exterior is actually quite nicely done, Trumpeter’s quality is inconsistent.  The cockpit is really disappointing – sparsely detailed and and very simplified. 

Edward comes to the rescue with their Zoom set for the Trumpeter L-39C.  This is a mostly pre-painted fret containing 61 parts.  It provides a new (and beautifully pre-painted) pair of instrument panels, side consoles, the gunsight, various knobs, handles, and prominent switches.  There’s also parts for the canopy latching mechanisms and other panels.  A small piece of clear acetate provides the gunsight glass and also contains two spares should you need them.

Overall, this is a great set that is light-years better than the kit cockpit.  It is highly recommended, not just because of the great parts, pre-painted details, and manufacturing quality, but because it really does justice to the L-39’s cockpit.  The only shortcomings to consider are the absence of the rudder pedals.  Also, there’s a big semicircular transparency separating the front cockpit from the rear cockpit.  That would have been a neat part to include in the acetate sheet.    

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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