from the Philippines! This would be my first submission on ARC and I’ll make
sure it won’t be the last. The kit is Eduard’s 1/72 L-39C which I built as
an L-39ZA of the Libyan Air Force. It does look handsome being built out of the
box, however, I wanted to show the model with open panels and details and make
this Albatross even better. All of the alterations on the kit were scratchbuilt
using photos of the real aircraft I sourced from the internet and all the finely
built Albatross models in ARC’s gallery as my reference. I used styrene bits
and pieces, soda can, wires, model parts from my own “boneyard” and any item
I came across until it looked good in my eye. Alterations made were:
kit has it’s minor challenges but everything can be fixed with some putty,
super glue and sand paper. I choose to finish the model with Libyan makings
using Gungze Sangyo Mr.Color paints sprayed through my Tamiya Sprayworks set.
also painted the emblems on the model since there were simple enough to do.
Decals and stencils were sourced from the kits’ sheet.
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model was my entry for the 2010 IPMS Philippines Scale Modeling Competition held
last November under modified jets category. I may have ended second best in the
category (which was deservedly won by Super Mario’s A-7E) but the
complements I received was enough to make me feel a winner. I would like to
present this as my tribute to the master modelers who’s works I can never
equal, namely Allan “Buck” Agati (whose 1/72 EA-6B from years ago inspired
me to do a lot better, Super Mario whose model’s are consistently SUPER, and
to Tim “Buccanneer” whose choppers will always be my benchmark and to Spidey,
Jim and Doc Hermes (who christened me with my call sign) and all IPMS-BA members
(whom I should know had I been attending the meetings, hehehe).
thanks to Tim and to whoever took pictures of my Albatross were the credit
is due (I’m too lazy to take my own! (‘’,) ) MABUHAY!