MB-326 in 1/72 scale: kit review & modelling report of the ITALERI kit
The Aermacchi or Macchi MB-326 is an Italian light military jet aircraft designed as a two-seat trainer in the nineteen fifties. It had a Viper jet engine and a maximum speed of about 700 km/hr. The Macchi company prototype flew end 1957 and the Italian air force quickly ordered about 100 aircraft. It later evolved into a single and two-seat light attack version. It was also exported to various countries in various versions.
South Africa also manufactured starting in 1966 in license the MB-326M called the Impala by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation. The "Silver Falcons", the SAAF aerobatic team, flew with Impala Mk Is.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) used the MB-326H as a jet trainer with nearly 100 aircraft used. The RAAF's aerobatic team, "The Roulettes", flew the MB-326H from December 1970 until 1989.
Brazil was also a good customer with over 170 MB-326CG aircraft, locally built under the name AT-26 Xavante by EMBRAER.
Dubai bought 6× MB-326KD, 1× MB-326L, 1× MB-326LD.
were Zaire, Ghana, Tunesia and the Argentina Navy later on. Again, Italy
also bought additional aircraft, until the MB-326 was replaced by the MB-339
between 1981 and 1984.
Italeri issued a very nice kit (no. 1334) for a MB-326 K "Impala". This is a single seat version, an insert rear fairing is provided as a part to fit the aft cockpit section.
It has decals for no less than 6 schemes:
This last scheme will be made in this kit.
Note: Italeri also issued a kit #
1308 of the two seat version MB-326. Will also be made.
This Italeri model was made straight out of the box as the Italeri kit is basic but very fine with nice panel lines. The main wheel and gear is one part, a bit basic. The gun fairings are separate parts. Fit is pretty good of the parts. Do not forget the nose weight!
In the cockpit from bits and pieces
I added some more detail. It was painted light grey with decals for the
instruments and consoles. I replaced the kit seat with a PAVLA #S72070
resin seat. The two small pitot tubes next to the windscreen are in the
kit but not indicated in the instructions.
Acrylic colours used on this model
FS 34079 (Gunze Sangyo 309),
These acrylic colours were airbrushed.
First the lower colour was airbrushed and when dried, masked.
Before applying the nice decals, set
on a gloss undercoat to prevent "silvering". I used Johnson
Future (Pledge) acrylic.
The windscreen was fixed with white
glue used to close the tiny gaps. When dried, the dried white glue edges
were painted with a very fine paint brush. Two pitots were added as well,
these parts are unnumbered but on the kit sprues. The canopy was set open,
its edges got a black edge using a permanent black marker/scriber to make
it look thinner. Also, 3 mirrors made from a piece of aluminium foil were
added on the inside edge.
Some "wash" to suggest actual use of the aircraft was applied using the Promodeller black wash fluid, particularly at the edges of ailerons, rudder and the grills on the upper fuselage.
Dubai / U.A.E.
[ area: 83,660 sq.km | capital: Abu Dhabi | population: 9,5 million | GDP US 42,000 nominal per capita ]
Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Gulf states along with Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimab, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain. Each Gulf state is governed by a ruler and family but they cooperate. In the 1960s still part of the British Commonwealth some aircraft flown were from 1970 Hunters and Dassault delivered over 24 Mirage 5 AD. Training was also done with Pakistan assistance. From 1971 independence was obtained in various phases and defense was taken up by Abu Dhabi through their air force and Dubai through their air wing. These operated also helicopters and from 1977 a few MB.326 attack aircraft.
Dubai MB-326KD aircraft coded "207" c/n 6614/337
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