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Bill-Higdon

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Here's an interesting look at the LaGG-3
 

cluttonfred

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Conventional wisdom is that the LaGG-1 was a dog, the LaGG-3 was much better if not great but it served well when the Soviets needed every airplane they could get, the radial-engined La-5 (especially the refined La-5FN) was a huge leap forward, and the La-7 was a fantastic machine on par with any other fighter of the day at low to medium altitude despite its modest armament. I would love to see a replica La-5 or La-7 with a small radial or another engine hidden under a radial cowl.

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flitzerpilot

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Matt,

You may not be entirely surprised that I was designing a scaled La-5FN many years ago with an Ivchenko radial from a Wilga in view. I got as far as designing and building a mockup of the retractable undercarriage using a double-acting ram, but the then PFA would not sanction engines of some 220 hp at the time and it died a death. Later I began with an I-16, which I've described in detail previously.

As a relatively small, simple and agile fighter with an armament of two 20 mm cannon I would not describe it as under-armed. :0)

BTW, I think the illustration provided shows an attempt at an La-7. The 5FN featured a notable intake on top of the nose.
 
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