K-8 trainer in 1/72 scale using the "Lo model" kit : kit review and modelling report by Meindert de Vreeze
In the nineteen seventies the Taiwanese aircraft industry together with Northrop developed an advanced jet trainer, the AT-3. It first flew in 1980. Manufactured by AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation), some 62 aircraft were produced solely for the Taiwanese air force. It could be lightly armed as well with gun pods and Sidewinder / TC-1 missiles.
|In 1/72 scale there is a very basic
model from a "Lo model" no. 001 which
seems to be Taiwanese.
After basic assembly, some thick panel
lines were filled in some places with putty. after sanding, a first coat
of light grey was air brushed to check for any flaws. It seemed OK.
The decals were a bit sturdy but imposed
no problems, but make sure to dip them in Johnson
Future to get a better adhision.
There is almost no kit interior, so
with bits and pieces from card and the spares box, a cockpit was made.
Instrument panels were made suing my home made instrument decals which
I use now and than when these are missing from a kit decal sheet. Seat
gear was painted orange with seat straps.
Finally, the whole model got a sealing Johnson Future coat airbrushed on to it. That completed this Far east and very unknown jet trainer which sits nice next to other trainers like the Hawker Hawk and Pakistani/ Chinese K-8 Karakorum.
Taiwan, the large island off the coast of mainland China was a democratic area established in 1912. The larger region saw many battles with Japanese occupation of Northern China Mantschuria with later the Second World War. After the end of the war conflicts remained with the Chinese civil war with mainland China becoming a Communist continent. But from 1949 Taiwan was able to remain the only independent area with leadership of general Chiang Kai-shek. It was the Cold War with local conflicts in Korea and Taiwan (ROC) was strongly supported by the USA. In 1962 the first MiG defected from Communist China landing in Taiwan... The armed forces air force got American aircraft such as the F-104, F-5 and T-34. The local industry also developed some aircraft, such as the AIDC AT-3 jet trainer of which development started in the 1970s and flew in 1980. More recent aircraft types are the F-16 but also French Mirage 2000. The latest local designed aircraft is the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo "IDF"multirole fighter. The army and navy also use helicopters and aircraft like the P-3 Orion and still even S-2 Trackers. Still as of today, Taiwan is considered by China to be their province with still difficult relations.
So this is a simple straight out
of the box AT-3 built for the 1/72 scale collection.
- Air international Vol.54, pages 158-160 (incl. cutaway)
- Flight international, no. 3971, no.4432
See Wikipedia for more info.
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