Here you can get complete model, presented on the pictures below.

La-5 was created, because at the beginning of 1942 the overloaded airframe of LaGG-3 fighter desperately needed a more powerful engine. In the same time a powerful engine – ASh-82 – badly needed a suitable airframe (because of the delays or cancelations of other projects). Soviet Air Forces, in general, badly needed more modern fighters, because of heavy losses since the beginning of the war with Germany.

There was already a promising fighter, created for ASh-82 engine - Polikarpov's I-185. But there were no resources to open a massive production of another aircraft. The real option was to modernize one of the designs actually produced.

It was a desperate step, under time pressure, to fit the LaGG-3 fuselage, suited for the slim “V”-row engine, with the large, double row radial “monster”. Yakovlev already had tried it, but resigned after making a prototype. However, the engineers form Lavochkin bureau were more determined, and the LaGG-3 had more structural strength. Maybe, accidentally, the somewhat higher – comparing to Yak’s - undercarriage helped to reach the final goal: connect these two things into sturdy, simple, fighter plane. The new power gave it promising performance. In the later versions (from 1944) it finally matched the German fighters at low-level altitudes.

Still pictures
This particular aircraft was one of the first La-5F, builded with new fuselage (enhanced rear visibility) most probably at the end of February or on March 1943. The inscription on its sides means, that it was one from the batch founded by the inhabitants of Gorky region (see the article by Massimo Tessitori ). It was used to October 1943 in 5th GIAP (Guardian Fighter Aviation Regiment) of the Soviet Air Force, in Eastern Ukraine. It was handed to an experienced and brave pilot - Ivan Sytov (Иван Сытов). He scored 26 personal victories and 4 in the group.

Below you can see some shots of the cockpit (all of them were made in 2008, in Blender 2.46):

Looks a little bit unreal, like a screeenshot from a flight simulator, isn't it? Well, slowly these pictures are becoming historical - they were made more than 10 years ago...


Never mind the unrealistic resolution of the background grass picture! Can you see the cockpit details? Notice the oxygen and the air bottles, connected to the fuselage, behind the seat.
The most difficult part in the cockpit was the radio equipment behind the pilot's seat. Why? Because there are no photos of this element, at all! Fortunately, at the end, I have obtained some support from Miroslav Bily (the editor of MBI's La-5 monography), and found a short war movie (on You Tube) about La-5. There was a two - second sequence with this equipment.
Animations
Click on this picture, there is a 20 seconds of simple animation (size: 6 MB)!