BAC Jet Strikemaster
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1/72 scale kits of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) Strikemaster family 
kit review / modelling report
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Various World Air Forces used the Strikemaster as a "poor mans" attack and training aircraft in the 1970s-1990s.
Several Strikemaster drawings and profiles are nicely shown in de Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine of December 2015. This inspired me to make several of these models concentrating on markings and camouflages.
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I also got a very nice XTRADECAL decals sheet X72238 with dozens of air forces schemes... an incredible long list!

BAC Strikemaster for...
Mk.80 G-AWOS demonstrator at Farnborough Air Show 1968;
Mk.80A 1120 Royal Saudi AF, King Faisal Air College, Saudi Arabia 1970;
Mk.80B 902/1026 Royal Saudi AF, King Faisal Air College, Saudi Arabia 1968;
Mk.82 418/8 Sultan of Oman AF G-BAWF/277 at Paris Air Show 1973;
Mk.82 408/8 Sultan of Oman AF Dhofar 1975;
Mk.82 404 Sultan of Oman AF Masirah, Oman 1994;
Mk.82 404 Sultan of Oman AF Masirah, Oman 2001;
Mk.83 04/Z2 Botswana Defence Force 1990;
Mk.83 K167/110 Al-Quwwat, Kuwait 1980;
Mk.83 K167/120 Al-Quwwat, Kuwait G-AYVK/461 at Paris Air Show 5/6/1971;
Mk.83 NZ6364/64 14 Sn R New Zealand A Ohakea Air Base 1980;
Mk.83 502 FTS of South Yeman AF in the 1970s;
Mk.84 301/B FTS Singapore AF, Tengah, Singapore 1972;
Mk.84 301/B FTS Singapore AF, Tengah, Singapore 1980;
Mk.84 303/D FTS Singapore AF, Tengah, Singapore 2001;
Mk.87 601 Kenya AF 1980;
Mk.89 244/T44 Combate 2313 'Halcones', Fuerza Aerea Ecudoriana 1980;
Mk.90 260/T60 Combate 2313 'Halcones', Fuerza Aerea Ecudoriana 1990;
no.167 Sudanese AF 1980 (probably a Jet Provost T.55)

Some is shown here but a lot of markings to make interesting models! It is noted though that only a few stencillings are fully provided, the rest of these need to be sourced from the kits and spare decal box. 

There are also PAVLA resin seats available for the Strikemaster. I bought a pair and used these to detail the seat parts in the kit. 

Overall seat colour is black with dark grey details. For "scale effect" it is better to paint these very dark dark. The seat harnesses and parachute packs where painted medium brown with also a bit of wash. Other colours like buff of the cushions and packs are also seen. The ejection handles on top were made from metal wire and painted yellow with some black stripes. 

A whole bunch of seats waiting for their models!

Some common remarks will first be made regarding the old Airfix kit with parts for a Jet Provost T5 or Strikemaster. 

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On the pages 1 and 2 the Jet Provost from this kit was modelled.

- the kit has alternative intake parts for an unarmed Jet Provost, the Strikemaster has also a lower fairing with small protrudring gun. Also, some extra air intake and scoops are in the kit. (on some but not all Jet Provosts lower nose strakes for better aircraft spin training are fitted; these are kit parts #44, 45 and not used for a Strikemaster). 

- the kit has mostly raised panel lines. I simply retained these. (alternatively sand these off and inscribed the panel lines). 

- the windscreen and aft canopy are separate parts. The aft canopy has very nicely also the aft sliding section so can be positioned open and will be installed later on. 

- drill open any holes for desired pylons as per instructions. 

- inside the cockpit from plastic card some detail on the sidewalls was set as well but no horizontal side consoles. Add a simple central console from card between seats and instrument panel. The cockpit tub and interior is rather dark, having black details and BSC381C: 632 interior grey. I used a mix of grey and black with some dry brushing. Ejection seats are black with various colours for parachute pack and harnesses.

- the older Airfix model has indeed the transparant nose glass section with landing lights. Glass part #32 needed a bit trimming.

- sometimes a small fairing is seen above the landing lights in the nose (for gun camera?). Check photos and add as needed.

- it is important to add SUFFICIENT nose weight in the nose as otherwise we get a "tail sitter". 

- the wing flap and aileron edges were sawed in with a razor saw, this suggests movable surfaces.

- antenna layouts vary depending on the delivered mark and air force. But these are easily made.  

The nose gear bay doors are in the kit but are mostly seen closed on parked Strikemasters, so this bay was set closed and any gaps filled with putty. The "sink marks" of some old kits were also filled. The inner gear bay doors #52 are also closed on parked aircraft, so these were set closed and this needed some filler. 
Seen are here also the Strikemaster intake parts with the fairings as well for the FN gun.

Assembly was simply done but the smaller bits like the small intake scoops not yet installed. First fill and any gaps and do the first round of sanding. When done, install the airframe show some tiny intake scoops, mostly at the upper fuselage and right side. 

(The "link ejection chutes" for the FN gun cartridges at the lower intake area are not yet set in place)

After that the basic model got a base grey colour airbrushing e.g Revell Aqua "Steingrau" to check for any surface and gap errors. These were corrected as needed with filler and sanding. 

The model could now get it desired air force scheme. (SEE BELOW FOR EACH MODEL MADE)

Final model completion than was usually:

The tail bumper was painted black. And after masking, the anti-glare panel airbrushed matt black and the rear exhaust area hand painted aluminium. 

Each model got, after getting their main colour schemes, a gloss varnish with Johnson Future/ Pledge before putting on any decals. This will prevent "silvering". The decals for the desired scheme were applied. 

The wing tip fuel tanks were given a coloured tip with the paint brush: green on the right, red on the left. 

Installing the landing gear with tyres painted very dark grey / coal black. I painted the gear struts and wheel hubs aluminium though not sure if some were not light grey. 

Any gap below the windscreen can be closed with some white glue and when dried again painted. 

On the intakes and inner wing, black walkways made from decals were set in place. These were painted with a dull varnish.

Canopy will mostly be installed opened up, slided aft showing the cockpit interior very well. Inside the forward sliding canopy frame, 2 rear view mirrors were installed made from thin aluminium foil. On the instrument coaming of Strikemasters, 2 small gun sights were added made from transparant sheet. 

Various antenna's were checked and installed as well as some tiny red anti-collision lights on the spine (from transparant red plastic) and a "white rear" light at the tail-fuselage end. Note that all these lights and antenna's vary per mark of the Strikemaster and as per particular air force. 

Below the nose a pitot and next to that "home aerial array" antenna's are seen; added from scrap.

At the forward wing-fuselage junction on each side "above the corner" a tiny air flow guide vane was installed made from thin metal. This was painted in the surrounding colour. 

The Strikemaster intake parts were installed before and at the lower edge, and on both sides a small piece of rod (1 mm) was added to suggest the 7.62 mm FN gun. Aft of the lower intake area the 2 x 2 "link ejection chute" fairings are in the kit #89, 90 but a bit thick. They were cut a bit finer and installed. 

After decalling and adding details, some wash applied using PROMODELLER black with a fine brush at moving surface edges etc.

And finally each model while protecting the clear canopy areas got a semi-matt coat through Johnson Future/ Pledge using the usual techniques. This gives a nice consistent sheen. 

[A]  BAC Strikemaster mk. 87 Kenya air force

Decals came from the XTRADECAL set. 
Colours were airbrushed and required masking. Paints used were in this order.... 
Lower surfaces Light Grey BSC381C:627 using Gunze Sangyo #322;
Dark Sea Grey BSC381C:638  using Gunze Sangyo #331 acrylic;
Dark Green BSC381C:641 using Gunze Sangyo #330;

Assembly and completion was as described above.
The model got the long ADF antenna made from scrap below the fuselage band some pylons were set in place but without stores.

Besides the canopy frames, thin white/cream stripes were added made from thin striping decals (from XTRADECAL). This takes half an hour but will look really good. I also added a tiny yellow coloured canopy opening handle on the left side of the cockpit from sprue.

[area: 580,367 | population: 55 million | capital: Nairobi | GDP USD 2,200 per capita nominal ]

The Kenya air force was established mid 1964 after it became independent from the U.K. British aircraft were supplied including half a dozen of Hawker Hunters and Strikemaster end 1960s and early 1970s. Hawks were delivered in the 1980s and there was unrest in the early 1980s and the air force disbanded, operating under "army control". Aircraft used as fighters were Northrop F-5E/F many of which came from Jordan. In 1994 the Air Force was re-established and still operates modernized F-5E/F and also a few transport aircraft like the DASH 8, Buffalo and Harbin Y-12. Trainer aircraft are Bulldogs, Tucano's and several helicopters are also used of both Western and Soviet origin. 

Note also the added tiny yellow handle below the left cockpit and the air flow vane at the wing root is also seen.

BAC Strikemaster mk. 87 of the Kenya air force as operated also in the 1980s 



[B]  BAC Strikemaster mk.84 Singapore training school

Decals came from the XTRADECAL set. 
Colours airbrushed were....
an overall White (BSC381C: 302) coat using any plain white, in this case Gunze Sangyo #H1 acrylic;
Red BSC381C: 537 using Revell aqua acrylic red #331;

Assembly and completion was as described above
It is noted that no Singapore roundels were applied at the wings. The model got the long ADF antenna made from scrap below the fuselage and kept in "clean configuration".

Canopy was set slided open showing the cockpit. Mirrors were installed.
The "model was kept in good condition", only a bit wash added into the moving surfaces recesses.

For information about the Singapore air force look at this (F-16) page here...

Note also the added tiny yellow handle below the left cockpit

The smaller air intake scoops at the right cockpit side are well seen. 

the small protruding gun camera?  fairing on the nose top is seen here as well

NOTE that there are no insignia on the wing

    at Paya Lebar base, Singapore....


[C]  Jet Provost T.55 of (former) Sudan air force 

This older Airfix model was made as a "Strikemaster" as indicated by XTRADECAL. But...

Sudan was one of the last countries that ordered Strikemasters in the 1980s. Ten mk.90 aircraft were ordered. But an arms embargo prevented aircraft being delivered. Instead six were sold to Ecuador, with another one aircraft sold to Oman. And although it is reported that Sudan got 3 Strikemasters with aircraft no. 367, 368, 369, no photos are known as used in Sudan. More probable it seems that the reportedly seen "Strikemasters of Sudan" were in fact Jet Provosts T.55 (Strikemaster mk.82) with aircraft no. 167, 177, 179, 187, 192, 197.

Here a photo is seen that was probably taken in June 1969 of the Jet Provost T.55 in the U.K before delivery to Sudan. This real Sudanese  aircraft looks very similar to the model drawn in the XTRADECAL set with no. 167.... 
It is reported that it was an ex-RAF T.5 but modified before Sudan delivery as Jet Provost T.55 (which is the export version of the Jet Provost T.5). It had no nose spin training strakes, probably no hardpoints nor armament and also not any engine uprating of the Strikemaster and also no nose strake. But the photo shows indeed the "Strikemaster like air intakes and link ejection chutes" at the lower intake area that may explain the confusion. 

For more information about the Sudan Air Force, look at the MiG-23 page here.... 

Decals for Sudan came from the XTRADECAL set (which suggests a mk.90) but seems in fact for Jet Provost T.55 and still correct. 
Colours airbrushed were in this order....
Light Grey BSC381C:627 using Gunze Sangyo #322;
and red areas after masking using Revell aqua acrylic red #331;

Model completion as as generally described above.
The model got also the long ADF antenna made from scrap below the fuselage. Also fitted was a large anti-collision light aft of the cockpit and below the fuselage. 

I was not sure if the T.55 had "gun sights" but these were set in place as it seemed armed with the FN machine gun. But no pylons were fitted as the T.55 probably had no provision for these. Some wash applied using PROMODELLER black with a fine brush at moving surface edges etc.

[C]  Jet Provost mk.T .55 of the (former) Sudan air force 
 ooriginal large Sudanese flag and roundel


[old Sudan < 2011: area: 2,500,000 ] 

[ current Sudan: area: 1,886,000 | population: 45 million | capital: Khartoum | GDP USD ~600 per capita nominal ]

Sudan was from 1900 part of the British condominium but became independent in 1956 with islamist rule. The Sudanese air force was supported by the British and got old Provost T. mk.53 jets in 1957. More English aircraft followed. In the 1960s some Chinese aircraft followed and another batch of ex-RAF refurbished Jet Provost T.55 (and probably not Strikemaster mk.90).

A large civil war split the country with a separate South Sudan established in 2011. Current aircraft of (North) Sudan in the divided country include several MiG aircraft and Sukhois. South Sudan has some helicopters and smaller propeller aircraft.

Jet Provost T.55 "no 167" of the Sudan Air Force in the early 1970s. It has the old style roundel. 

at Khartoum airport, Sudan which is probably an ex-RAF refurbished Jet Provost T.55 operated in the 1970s


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