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in 1/32 scale kit review & modelling report of the Special Hobby kit
by Meindert de Vreeze
T-2C Buckeye jet trainer aircraft was produced for the US Navy by North American Aviation [purchased by Rockwell, which was purchased by Boeing] at Columbus Ohio USA. It entered initial service in 1959. The two-seat trainer was powered by one Westinghouse J34-WE-46/48 turbojet. The aircraft was subsequently redesigned, and the single engine was replaced with two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-6 turbojets in the T-2B.
The T-2C was fitted with two much more powerful 2,950 lbf (13,100 N) thrust General Electric J85-GE-4 turbojets. They were used for a wide variety of pilot training, from the student's first jet flight to fully qualified flight. The aircraft was used for teaching a wide range of skills, including high-altitude, high-speed formation and aerobatic flights; basic and radio instruments; night and day navigation; and gunnery, bombing, and carrier operations. It provided training for more than 11,000 students to pilot 18 different models of Navy jet aircraft. The US NAVY used the T-2 until 2004, it being replaced by the T-45 Goshawk.
The T-2D was an export version which was sold to the Venezuelan air force (T-2D), while the T-2E was sold to the Greek Air Force. These had slightly different equipment. The T-2D had also 6 pylons for attack weapons but no arrestor gear. The Greek machines are equipped with also a gun sight and often camouflage of two greens and earth brown on upper surfaces and light grey on lower ones.
Span: 11.6 m
Page 4 (finished)
The Special Hobby kit was released beginning 2014 in two boxes:
- Red and White US Navy trainer , kit no SH32037
- Camouflage trainer, kit no SH32059 (Greek)
I had the "Navy trainer" kit. It is
a short run kit, but the quality comes near a normal injection kit. The
only difference are the large number of sprue gates. There are some 7 plastic
sprues and resin in the box, total about 200 parts. The parts as the clear
canopy and windscreen are in separate bags.
The decals look fine to 3 US Buckeyes
in a white-dayglow red schemes:
Full intake ducts and exhaust pipes
are provided. Inside the gear bays, the sidewalls have details and some
mechanisms for the doors. Two ejection seats in resin are inside as well
and look fine. Considering the IPMS NL Walkaround (see
below), the kit looks nicely detailed. Flaps are separate as well as
elevnators, rudders and ailerons. No armament is in this kit, being a trainer.
Two wing tip tanks are to be fitted.
Panel lines of the kit are engraved with also nice rivet detail. The removal of parts from this sprues and cleaning up their sprue gates/attachment points takes time on each part.
The cockpit is nicely done with instrument and side panels with raised details. For the instrument panels, decals are also provided. Some added detail is welcome in the cockpit as it is very well visible: some tubing added on the bare sidewalls, some electrical wiring on the rear instrument clockwork and some tiny bits and pieces on the coaming between front and rear cockpit and some added details on the canopy framing etc. This can als be done with bits from the spares box, some rod and stretched sprue.
This kit will be made as a T-2D
of the FUERZA AEREA VENEZOLANA as when
it was first used with the FAV roundels and flag. Ordered in February 1972,
12 T-2C's were designated as T-2D and delivered mid 1973. It had slightly
different systems, an attack capability with 6 pylons and no arrestor hook
(this I discovered later on).
BEGINNING THE KIT ASSEMBLY
(STEP refers here to the kit instructions sequence).
First the moulding stubs and some flash was removed from the kit parts.
STEPs 1-6 and STEP 8
STEPs 9 - 10 and STEPs 25-26
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