Oxford Diecast AC089 – 1/72 Scale La-7 Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||11.9 cm||4.68 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||13.6 cm||5.35 in||Approx|
Diecast Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fix in the retracted position
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Lavochkin La-7 – Oxford Diecast AC089
Oxford Diecast AC089 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Lavochkin La-7), White 93, flown by Soviet ace Sergei Dolgushin of the 156th Fighter Regiment, Soviet Air Force.
The Lavochkin La-7 is a single-engined, single-seat fighter based on the Lavochkin La-5. Its first flew on February 1, 1944, and entered service later that year with the Soviet Air Forces. The Czechoslovak Air Force, the only other operator of the type, was given a small quantity in 1945. Pilots who flew the La-7 believed it to be at least equal to any German piston-engine fighter. Production ended in early 1946 with over 5,700 airframes built. It was phased out service with the Soviet Air Force by 1952 and the mid-1950s with the Czechoslovak Air Force.
The La-7, an improved version of the La-5, was constructed mostly of wood with metal wing spares and some alloy components. Noticeable differences are the deletion of the oil cooler intake from under the engine to under the cockpit and the engine air intake from the top of the engine cowling to the wing roots. Other changes included improved aerodynamics and reliability. The retractable undercarriage was of a tailwheel type with the main units mounted in the wing.
It uses a single Shvetsov ASh-82FN 14-cylinder, two-row, air-cooled radial engine, driving a three-bladed propeller, giving the aircraft a top speed of 661 km/h (411 mph).
Armament consisted of two 20mm ShVAK cannons or three 20mm Berezin B-20 cannons and 200 kg (440 lb) of rockets or bombs.
Sergei Dolgushin began flying fighters in early 1941 and was given command of the 156 IAP in September 1943, where he remained until wars end. He was given White 93 in September 1944, in which he went on to claimed eight kills. It did not have the standard two-tone grey camouflaged but solid Blue-Grey on the upper surfaces. Also, the number 93 was a non-standard style. Dolgushin finished the war credited with 17 aerial victories (red stars) and 11 shared (white stars), awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union, postwar became the General-Lieutenant of Aviation.