The Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Goudkov LaGG-3 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. It was a refinement of the earlier LaGG-1, and was one of the most modern aircraft available to the Soviet Air Force at the time of Germany’s invasion in 1941. Unfortunately LaGG-3 was underpowered and proved immensely unpopular with pilots so it was improved during production, resulting in 66 minor variants in the 6,258 that were built. Experiments with fitting a large radial engine to the LaGG-3 airframe finally solved the power problem, and led to the fantastic Lavochkin La-5.

LaGG-3 cockpit detail

A computer cut mask for accurate canopy frame and wheel hub’s painting is a great addition for building scale model’s. Leader in production of this masks is Eduard who released in October 2008 set EX 257 for ICM kit LAGG-3 in 1/48 scale. Inside small plastic bag you will find neatly die-cut computer cut mask sheet and instruction sheet. Instruction sheet is simple and clear and mask’s are top quality, highly resistant to all types of colors.

LaGG-3 captured and tested in Japan

Eduard set EX 257 contains mask’s for both canopy, landing light reflector and wheel hub. Only thing you should do is use the toothpick to peel off the mask in order to prevent possible color leak under the protective mask. For mask removing you can use wooden toothpick in order not to scratch the canopy, and you’ll get a great result. Landing light reflector has only one piece mask fits perfectly and fully protect it…
Wheel hub’s mask fits perfectly, and the result is outstanding, first step is to paint tires then to apply mask provided in Eduard set using the same method as masking the canopy and then to paint hub’s. Since this set doesn’t fully covers the wheel hub’s it is suggested by Eduard that a modeler use some kind of Mascol when painting the wheel hub.

The die-cut mask for accurate canopy frame painting of the LAGG-3 in 1/48 scale set No EX 257 is simple to use and saves time and I can highly recommend this Eduard’s mask.
Masking the parts nowadays is easy thanks to Eduard …

Darko Mladenovic

Text and photos- Darko Mladenovic, Archive photo- Nico Braas, Digital art- Srecko Bradic

Sample provided by Jana Sulcova from Eduard