1/72 scale kit of the Sea Balliol by Special Hobby
review / modelling report
The Boulton Paul Balliol was a two seat advanced trainer that served with the Royal Air Force and the Fleet Air Arm after the second world war. The prototype first flew May 1947. A turboprop engine was eventually not fitted but the famous Rolls Royce Merlin. The RAF used the aircraft, known as T2.
Advertisement in Flight December 1953
The Sea Balliol
T.21 version was equipped with folding wings and and arrestor hook for
deck landings. They were used until 1963 at RNAS 781 squadron at Lee-on-Solent
and 1843 Squadron at Abbotsinch. For my the type was rather unknown but
I saw one at Cosford museum:
|This aircraft type was little known
and no kits existed until in 2012 Special Hobby
issued a nice 1/72 kit. (SH72236)
The parts are in light grey plastic with etched metal parts and resin details. This is a short run kit, although much finer than earlier Special Hobby kit. Panel lines are nicely engraved.
The kit decals (from Aviprint) as
thin and well centred. They comprise 4 Royal Navy Air Service RNAS
trainer T21 schemes for:
The interior is nicely done with a film for the instruments and etched metal parts for sticks, throttles etc. Super glue is needed here. Clean up the "moulding" pips on the sides.
I added bulkheads made from cart.
The instruments are a film acetate sheet but do not really add value as
they are flat anyway. Overall, the cockpit interior was made coal black.
I had some trouble with the intake to get a good fit (A15 + A16).
For the propeller, hole was drilled and a small plastic rod as aixle used.
It was decided to set the mid canopy section open, so carefuly with a TIGER razorsaw cuts were made. Now we have 3 parts. The frames are difficult to paint, take time here. The canopy glazing is a bit thick and setting the canopy open is a bit awkward.
The canopy was not yet fitted, but later I found that the rear section of canopy has a gap with the fuselage to the rear which is quite large. It was filled with a piece of card and white glue. I discovered this too late, better deal with it when the model is not yet painted.
Filler was now needed at almost all
After basic assembly, the overall
model got a light grey base coat. Correct any irregularities as needed.
|Most work with model is applying
the colourfull RNAS scheme with the airbrush of metal, and the orange and
yellow panels as per instructions. Colours used were:
Yellow: Gunze Sangyo acrylic
The yellow and orange panels were airbrushed FIRST, and than masked.
The black antiglare panel was masked
and airbrushed as well. The wingtip ant-collision lights were added and
pianted red and blue.
Finally a decal protecting coat of Johnson Future/ Pledge with the airbrush.
The canopy frames were painted metal with a paint brush. Set onto the model, see note above.
Finally, the prop was set and a metal needle as pitot fitted to the wing leading edge.
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February 9, 2013