K-8 trainer in 1/72 scale: modelling report
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A number of additional 1/72 Trumpeter K-8 kits were to be made. I had seen that the JL-8 / K-8 was in use with many smaller air forces, and the models are nice in my series of World Military Aircraft in Plastic.
I had also purchased a good decal sheet from El Presidente decals with no less than 8 air forces (printed at Fantasy Printshop). Sheet EDP-7201 has markings for Sri Lanka, Burma/ Myanmar, Ghana, Sudan, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Egypt. What is also nice is that it is indicated what condition aircraft were mostly seen, and details like a hard or soft camouflage edge. Some decals are little translucent, particularly when set at some dark areas. That is easily solved by putting a (often white) decal from your spare decal box below these areas before applying the appropriate El Presidente decal.
This kit was made as a Namibia K-8.
Kit assembly was easy
but please note the suggestions and corrections as described on page 1....
- lower areas first: medium blue Revell Aqua 50 "lichtblau";
Masking was done as the edges between colours are rather sharp. The black anti glare panel has a slightly different shape as on most Karakorums.
The K-8 does not carry the national insignia but the air force emblem. In the decal sheet unfortunately the small crown in the Namibia air force emblem was missing in the set. I had to suggest the crown with tiny spots of various colours applied with a tooth pick. The drawing of the decal set was used as example. It looks rather good now.
Completing the model was straight forward with gears and details. A few fuel tanks as per kit were also installed. The detailed colours were as standard with mostly light grey interiors, wheelbays and gear legs.
The details were added as described on page 1 like....
- adding the clear blast screen in the canopy;
Finally, the whole model got a sealing coat of semi matt varnish with Johnson Future mixed with 10% Tamiya X-21 flat base matting agent mixed in airbrushed on to it.
The canopy was set open and turned to the right. That completed the model.
Namibia became independent in 1990, previously the region was known as "Zuid-West Afrika". It has about 2 million inhabitants. Armed forces were set up and the aviation squadron ("Namibiese Lugmag" NDFAW) started with a few Cessna's and Mil Hip and Hind helicopters acquired from Libya. A few MiG-23 were also received from Angola but were not operational. Some aircraft were used in local conflicts like in Congo and Angola. In 2001 MiG-21 aircraft to be refurbished in Israel were eventually never delivered! But Chengdu F-7 (MiG-21 look alike) and FT-7 aircraft were obtained, arriving in 2005. Later, probably 12 K-8 Karakorums were acquired. The main base is at Grootfontein with other bases at Keetmanshop and the HQ at Karibib. Other aircraft are some transports like the Harbin Y-12 and An-26.
K-8 Karakorum , "Namibiese Lugmag" NDFAW, coded NDF-6-502 based at Grootfontein.
.. and at air base Grootfontein, Namibia
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