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The opened up systems bay was detailed from scratch using bits and pieces of card and plastic. photos of the walkarounds were used.
|I made the Buckeye of the EAM: ESCUELA
DE AVIACION MILITAR DE VENEZUELA. For the T-2D of the FUERZA
AEREA VENEZOLANA , as when it was first used after delivery
with the FAV roundels and flag, I had a very rare AZTEC decalset
G-004 / 48022 with various markings and titles for the FAV.
Strangely, finding actual photos of the FAV T-2D on the Internet proved to be difficult! I had searched and presumably later the scheme was changed because of the the new government regime?
The scheme made is for a T-2D after delivery to the FAV. The details of FAV T-2D e.g. stencilling remains unclear. I assumed that after delivery from the USA personnel was trained and American texts (not Spanish) were retained. The RESCUE arrow was kept ("RESCATE" in Spanish). So I used a mix of kit decals but also did not use all stencilling as in the kit as these are not clearly seen on photos. The DANGER on the intake triangles (#24 and #25) were cut-away. Only a few NO STEP decals were used, decal #19 on the exhaust pipe and decals #16 and #17 were reversed.
4 FAV roundels of 2,8 cm long at fuselage
side and wing (with a white demarcation line);
The registration code of plane "0048" was used. These aircraft numbers were found on a Dutch Decal sheet set 72031 (those numbers on the AZTEC sheet are either too small or too large).
The Special Hobby kit decals are VERY thin so take care when applying them!
The intake WARNING triangle was a
bit adjusted for the FAV.
The big wing flaps and ailerons fit OK but there is no clear indication how. I used bits of plastic rod to suggest their actuators and did not use the tiny kit parts (#H9, H16, H19).
The door retraction rods (resin PUR7,8,9,10) look odd but are indeed well seen on a Buckeye. Nice detail!
Inside the main gear wing bay wells a few white plastic rods were added as well for detail, but there is not a lot of detail seen in the real Buckeye gear wells.
- the pitot tube (part #G16) was replaced by two pieces of metal made from needles with 2 diameters;
- the wing leading edge light #CP3 was reduced 0.2 mm at the rear edges to fit better; fill gaps with white glue and paint white when dried;
- the tiptank lights are fine ; inside each a timny transparant bit was glued with a transparant blue and transparant red detail light; the tiptank light edges were filled with white glue and painted when dried;
- two tiny transparant tiptank lights #CP2 are in the kit and fine;
- the tail anti-collision lights #CP6+CP7 needed considerable trimming to fit; remove plastic and paint transparant red and blue (using e.g TAMIYA paints X23 and X27).
- the anti-collision red transparant lights are in the kit and fitted as well e.g. #CP4 in STEP 28 and #CP7 in STEP 35.
- the arrestorhook was NOT required for the Venezuelan T-2D! (I remembered this later).
- no further pylons were installed.
The front instrument cover (part #C2)
front edge is a bit too narrow. I added a metal strip that will be painted
The LS-1A type seats are nice of the kit and further painted. Also, from some spare etched metal sets, some harness buckles were added. But the nice resin seats sit "too low" on the cockpit tub floor when looking at a closed canopy. I added 2 mm of rod below the front seat and 4 mm rod below the rear instructors' seat. This raises the seats and it looks better.
The canopy "V" shape kit part #H59 is too wide and too high. I removed the base-ends and bended the "V" a bit more flat. The rear canopy cover plate #H34 seems a bit too large, it was reduced 3 mm at its base. In order to make the canopy fit and detachable, a piece of metal lip was used and glued to the rear of this plate. It fits into a scrap made slot at the cockpit fuselage "end".
From a REHEAT MODELS mirror set two
(not 3!) rear view metallic mirrors were fitted inside the front canopy
edge. They are not set symmetrical! The canopy inside details were
painted very dark grey.
Next, the cockpit inside got very tiny detail parts like some small handles and pull levers. It was done as a last step as they are very vulnerable.
Finally, a couple of gloss varnish coats were airbrushed over the model (but not over the semi-matt antiglare panels). Johnson Future / Pledge was used, thinned with 25% pharmacy alkohol. This gives a nice shine and protects the decals.
That completed the cockpit and the
[ area: 916,400 sq.km | population <24 million | capital: Caracas | GDP per capita nominal < 1,000 USD crisis ]
military aviation started with the Air Academy in 1920 with some French
Caudron aircraft and Breguet aircraft. In the 1930's a first base was established
at Boca del Rio and aircraft purchased from France, England and the United
States. Venezuela had larger oil fiels important for the Allied War
Effort. During the Second World War more US support was obtained and locally
in the Caribbean Sea German submarines on some occasions attacked oil
tankers and ships.
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