by Mark Davies
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The Praga E.39 was first flown in June 1931. It
went into production for both as a military trainer and civil aero club
aircraft. Various production batches were powered by German Walter Gemma
or British Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major radial engines. German
occupation saw the E.39 being produced for Slovakian Air Force and the
Luftwaffe as trainers and reconnaissance aircraft on the Eastern Front.
Some were also sold to Hungary for aero club use.
I like to build unusual aircraft, and aside from being a lesser known
design the Praga E.39 is interesting because its top wing is smaller
than its lower wing, and has no ailerons. These characteristics and the
fact that it would add to my expanding collection of Czechoslovakian
aircraft was all the persuasion I needed to buy it from Modelimex who I
find to be a very good source of lesser known Czech brands.
I have several RS Models injected kits and find them generally well
designed, the limited run injected parts are generally on par with
Special Hobby, and they usually come with generally useful photo-etched
details. In the case of the E.39 I felt that the wing rib effect was too
deep and exaggerated to get away with one of the attractive aluminium
dope schemes featured in the eight decal options. I chose therefore to
build a Czechoslovakian machine with grey-green squiggles over the
aluminium dope as this would obscure the furrows between the wing ribs
(on the upper surfaces at least).
Painting and Markings
Assembly was very straight forward, as was painting
and decaling. However I chose to make my own pushrods for the engine
rather than use the 2-dimensional photo-etched pushrod provided with the
kit (This was by nature very flimsy, and when I tried to use it to see
what it would look like I bent it out of shape).
The decals were typical Czech products, very thin
with good opacity, and not needing any solvents. The model was rigged
with clear stretched sprue and white glue.
This is the second RS models kit I have built, and I look forward to
building some more.
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