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Old 12-10-2019, 06:02 PM   #1
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I have not seen a thread on the Freewing L39 Albatross so I thought I would post my experiences with this model. I originally ordered the Mig 21 but just as I hit the order button I was advised it was out of stock. To ensure there was something under the Christmas Tree from Marty Claus I decided to go with what was next on my list, the L39. The Mig will just have to wait.

I ordered it on Tuesday and it arrived the following Monday from RC Castle. As with my other purchases from RC Castle they upgraded the shipping to EMS free and there were no other charges. The package was also triple wrapped, first in plastic wrap, then additional cardboard and then another layer of heavy plastic wrap with heavy ribbon around the whole package. Although there was some noticeable damage to some of the corners in shipping, the model arrived perfect. I quickly unwrapped it to have a look and my first impressions are whow. These foam models just keep getting better. I will post the assembly once my workshop gets cleaned up from the last build. More to follow.

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Old 12-11-2019, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

What a coincidence Marty- I ordered one from Motion about an hour before you posted! Coming via USPS I sure hope it's here for Christmas as I'll have some time off to mess with it.
I like modifying things on these FW jets that are pretty nice to start with so am looking at a Thai Air Force repaint, opening canopies, cockpit details and speed brakes if doable.
I look forward to seeing your experiences with the jet.
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Old 12-11-2019, 06:16 PM   #3
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

The paint scheme looks great Tom. My A4 is in a blue camo scheme so I was really interested in the new green camo color. Your model should arrive by Christmas depending whether or not it gets hung up in customs or in the brokerage. That is why I only shop directly from China as there are no hidden fees or delays. My came by EMS and took 4 days from China. Amazing how they do that.

I was planning on laying out the pieces to take a photo and one thing led to another and two hours later the model was completely done. This will be the fastest build thread that I have done. Basically the model has three glue joints, the tail cone, nose cone and under wing tank supports and 10 screws for the horizontal stab, vertical stab and wing tip tanks. The only additions I made was to isolate the internal BEC and add a separate one with a TX90 connector. Most of the time was spent setting up the control rods and radio.

The quality of the Freewing model is impressive. Some of the things that I especially like is the rugged landing gear and large wheels. The mains are the same as the larger F4. Also the landing lights are in the wing tip tanks which come on with the gear, cool. They also installed some nice plastic covers over the flap hinges which is a nice touch. The battery compartment is huge so it should take a wide range of sizes. The 4000mah Graphene looks lost in there. I have not looked at the CofG yet so we will see.

Don't know what else to say except how far away is spring.

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Old 12-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #4
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

Thanks for all the photos Marty,the model looks great. I was choosing between this jet and the F-4 and settled on the L-39, flight times being the biggest reason. C'mon Christmas!
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Old 12-12-2019, 08:19 AM   #5
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

Have fun with the build Tom. Make sure to post some photos of your color scheme.
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Old 01-09-2020, 05:03 PM   #6
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Well the box didn't make it for Xmas but Jan 31 instead, safe and sound. I began the re-paint right away to take advantage of the mild weather, the shop not being well heated.
All the little molding nubs were sanded off the air frame and imperfections filled (somebody on RCG recommended Sherwin-Williams non- shrinking spackle and it really is the best I've used). A cover was made for the rudder servo pocket as it's so prominent but I didn't bother with the underwing servos so just painted. The FW hinges are nice but leave those large T-shaped holes so they were all covered with trim tape prior to painting.
The whole model, having been lightly sanded with 320 grit was then primed and again sanded, and then the camo colours were applied. More touch ups to do (i.e. the canopy frame), graphics and nomenclature to be applied (all from Callie) and finally a coat of clear satin, hopefully this weekend.
With all the contrast and yellow going on I think this Albatros should show up well in the sky, which is good as my eyes aren't what they used to be.
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Old 01-09-2020, 06:51 PM   #7
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

Looks great so far Tom. I found that basic drywall compound works great for filling and since you sand about 95% of it off there is little to no extra weight and it is rock solid on foam. Looking forward to seeing the model completed with graphics.

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Old 01-13-2020, 06:00 PM   #8
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

Marty, try the spackle I mentioned- I really think you'll like it.
The continuing mild weather allowed a weekend push to complete the re-paint, so here it is! I finally clearcoated with a matte instead of satin as it better hides the foam structure remaining in some areas.
I first used vinyl from Callie about 11 years ago and it's neat to see how her product has improved with what I assume must be her investment in equipment. All those little maintenance stencils are clear as a bell and it was a challenge to decide what went where, although I figured the "rudder linkage access" should go at the back somewhere .
I ejected the kids with their little waving mittens from the cockpit and will be using a 1/10 JHH figure flying solo. I hope to do an opening front canopy at some point but it's going to be a lot of work and I'll have to be in the mood.
Next tasks will be speedbrakes and main gear doors- "Corsair Nut" from RCG has just done boards on the new FW T-33 and I'm sure his ideas will be useful!
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Re: Freewing L39 Albatross 80mm Build

Very nice. The decals really finish it nicely. I am waiting for my first set of decals from Callie for my Mig 21 so am interested to see her product. I tried Spackle but it was very soft after it dried and therefore did not sand well. I am happy with my method.

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Thanks Marty. I hope you like the vinyl from Callie- hard to get better graphics at anywhere near the cost.
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