1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

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1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

Postby David E » Wed May 27, 2020 12:09 pm

In the late 70s and early 80s I was introduced to the world of aviating via the RAAF Laverton Gliding Club. It was a good introduction to things aeronautical but it confirmed my preference for things with engines and that my talents were better employed fixing 'em rather than driving them.

In the good Lord's chosen scale of 1/72 there are the Eduard and Special Hobby kits (the former is puzzlingly moulded in clear plastic but the two otherwise are identical other than decals) as well as a KP offering. The former kits are nicely moulded but are mostly devoid of location pins and the like. This makes assembling the wings to fuselage a modelling adventure that I would have been happy to forego. The KP looks a little less challenging, it's also a slightly different mark.

Despite the limitations the SH kit went together reasonably easily other than the canopy. This was way, way too wide for the fuselage. Were I to build another I'd consider widening the fuselage to suit - although that would make it a few mm fatter than it should be. To get around this I moulded some replacements using the kit canopy as a master, then trimmed to suit. Not a great experience wrestling it onto the fuselage, I should have sliced it up and assembled it open. Damage to decals and glue stains aplenty.

Ah, the kit decals - the black fuselage and fin markings are included but should wrap around the nose. They're also super thin, even afer a precautionary spray of Testor's decal bonder. Much fiddling to get them into place. From spares came the roundels that were applied for a competition and fuselage codes.

Off to the back of the cabinet. I will get around to modelling our AIRTC C172 at some stage to join it. I'll pass on the truck mounted winch that we used to hoist our gliders airborne..
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Re: 1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

Postby erussell » Thu May 28, 2020 5:14 pm

That's very nice - I like it. I think I have another one somewhere which I am tempted to do as that RAAF one although there are lots of jazzy schemes around.

The CMR resin one's canopy fitted fine but I left it open to show the interior

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and my inspiration photo had it open. It looks like this.

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Re: 1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

Postby Peter Roberts » Thu May 28, 2020 5:41 pm

Nice build David!

(and Ed! :) )

Maybe we need a glider display at Expo - when it gets going again.

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Re: 1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

Postby bell209 » Fri May 29, 2020 9:35 am

Nice Dave - I flew that glider back in the early 80's, too! Bit too small for me...
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Re: 1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

Postby David E » Fri May 29, 2020 11:59 am

bell209 wrote:Nice Dave - I flew that glider back in the early 80's, too! Bit too small for me...


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Re: 1/72 Special Hobby Let L13 Blanik Glider, RAAF Laverton

Postby gmoss1 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:00 am

Very nice David.
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