Sepecat Jaguar models in 1/72 scale
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 Jaguar ACT
Jaguar GR mk.1 /A
kit in 1/72 was made. As previously other interesting Jaguars were made
(see other pages), this kit will be converted
into a model of a Jaguar used for "Active Control Technology" (ACT) testing.
I got a spare decal sheet from my modelling friend Bas, from COMBAT
DECALS set CD72-005.
The Jaguar ACT was a former RAF Jaguar GR.1 coded "XX765" that flew in active service for about half a year with no. 14 squadron at Bruggen in Germany and later also for 17 squadron and the OCU at Lossiemouth. As research work was done at British Aerospace (BAe) on Fly-by-wire technology and active controls, this aircraft was used by BAe and RAE and modified for the job. It got a digital quadruplex fly-by-wire system.
The Jaguar ACT
first flew October 1981 and was painted in the typical "raspberry ripple"
scheme of gloss signal red- white and "Oxford" blue.
REFERENCES: World Air Power Journal , Volume 11 has a very nice Jaguar special, including the ACT test aircraft.
A very nice ACT walk around can be seen here....
A nice PDF download from the RAF COSFORD museum can be found here [external link]
NOTE: the airbrakes were to be replaced
(as on the other Hasegawa kits) with home made ones from thin aluminium
foil sheet in which it is much easier to make the holes. (these air brakes
are almost always drooped down for a parked Jaguar). So these air brakes
were not yet set in place.
The model's largest conversion
work to get the model as a ACT Jaguar is now done: add the two
large wing root strakes.
For the Jaguar ACT "raspberry ripple"
paint scheme I used these acrylic paints:
Note that "XX765" had some small variations
in paint scheme during testing, particularly regarding the red edges on
the strakes and slats.
The other details to be painted are
the light grey gear legs and the zinc chromate wheel gear bays and air
brake recesses. This was done with a paint brush.
After decalling, the landing gear
was installed, windscreen and canopy painted and the smaller bits and pieces.
Cockpit interior "admiralty medium grey" with black details. Anti-collision
lights were added on fuselage top and bottom and wing tips using Micro
Kristal Klear painted in Tamiya clear blue and red and and the smaller
antennas painted yellow. Also the different pitot tubes and test air data
probes set-up was installed at the ACT Jaguar nose made from scrap. The
black anti-glare panel on the nose came from a decal. The landing gear
got a few "hydraulics lines" made from thin stretched sprue and pianted
The kit seat was replaced by a resin
one with more detail I still had from PAVLA S72024. Main seat colour is
black with field green survival and para pack and painted straps.
After 24 hours, the model got a couple of gloss clear varnish coats with Johnson Future/ Pledge applied with the airbrush. This gives a nice even shine and protects the decals. The canopy got 2 small mirrors made from aluminium foil inside and was installed opened up. That completed this nice Jaguar ACT model.
The Jaguar Active Control Technology model completed...
A very nice
colourful Jaguar is now in the collection along the other test aircraft
in the Raspberry Ripple
schemes like the Gnat, Strikemaster
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