The L-39C Albatros is one of the most important trainers in the countries of Eastern Europe and it is nice looking airplane also. Regretfully it does not attract much attention from plastic kit manufacturers and definitely the best one available in the marketplace is the Eduard kit in 1/72 scale.

USAF L-39C Albatros

USAF L-39C Albatros

The kit we’re talking about is the Summer 2012 release and it depicts a machine operated by the U.S. Air Force. The kit stock number is 7418 and is a Weekend Edition offering. This simply means that you will get the product in the same fashion as all other manufacturers package them—just the plastic trees, decal sheet, and assembly instructions. The kit is very simple, the parts coming on two frets of brown styrene as well as one transparent tree. The parts are well molded and I did not see any problems with removing the components from the sprue or cementing the parts together. The cockpits need detailing, but images show the basic look is there. You need nothing else but to add some seatbelts to have an adequate appearance.

There is one error on the kit—on the assembly instructions it is noted that wing leading edges are to be silver. The real aircraft did not have this section in natural metal and the kit box also shows it with this detail. I do recommend that you paint this area!

This is a very good kit when finally completed and you may purchase yours here!

Srecko Bradic

Sample kit provided by Eduard