Alois Šmolík’s design of Letov Š.20 was a standard fighter plane of the Czechoslovak Air Force during the 1920s. Its demilitarised version, which was utilized by the Hanácký flying club in the Moravian city of Olomouc between 1934 and 1937, is presented by me and the Kovozavody Prostejov manufacturer. The distinctive code letters OK-LEO, the advertising banner of the ASO shopping mall, and its deep red color convinced me that this variant is the right choice. On top of that, the original functionalist building of the former ASO mall still stands in the Olomouc city center and it’s a nice reminiscence of its former glory.
The kit was a real pleasure to build (for a shortrun kit) and I have to praise the manufacturer for a job well done. Only a few parts were trickier but otherwise, I give this model kit big thumbs-up! The biggest problem I see is in the marking guide: the original photos of the plane were wrongly interpreted to have a different tail section. On the other hand, the individual parts are clearly injected and fit well.
I only enhanced the kit by making new exhausts from syringes and improved the radiators and visible engine section. The most challenging part was the representation of the double wires between the wings. This is my second biplane ever done so I have almost no experience with the rigging. First, I untangled an elastic thread into individual fibers. Then, I glued two of them together and applied a thick layer of paint to compound them into one flat wire. Fortunately, there are only eight of the flat wires so I didn’t go crazy. Nevertheless, I have mixed feelings about the result, next time, it has to be better.
The red color I chose was Mr. Hobby Russet (Train) red, probably intended for locomotives, but I simply liked this deep red the most. It’s up to you which red suits you the best. The decals are exquisite, they really are the pride of the kit.
This is my first airplane this year and I hope it won’t be the last 🙂