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  1. It's time to open a dedicated - and easy to find... - thread, I think. Original: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988431-should-we-be-expecting-a-new-airfix-release-announcement-today/page-9 So the future Airfix new tool 1/72nd Hunting Jet Provost T.3/T.3a - ref.A02103 - last news Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/jet-provost-and-sea-king-updates/ V.P.
  2. After its JP T.5/.5A/Strikemaster (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33213-148-bac-jet-provost-t5-t5astrikemaster-by-fly-released-upgrade-set-by-ap-modely/?hl=%2Bjet+%2Bprovost) Fly is to release in 2014 a 1/48th injected Hunting/BAC Jet Provost T.3/T.3A & T.4 kit - ref. 48017 Source: http://www.fly814.cz/pripravujeme-preparing/ Bad news for the old Aeroclub kit http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234935843-aeroclub-jet-provost-t4-148/ (supposed to be re-released for years...) and the superb Heritage Aviation resin JP T.3 (http://www.kitsforcash.com/jet-provost-t3-199-p.asp). V.P.
  3. Hello! I finally got round to finishing another model! I'm quite happy with this one. Without further ado, here it is. Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.4 1XR679 No.79 (R) Squadron, No.1 Tactical Weapons Unit, Royal Air Force Brawdy (not RAF Chivenor, thanks to those who pointed it out to me), Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1982. This kit was a lot of fun and I think it turned out quite nice, thanks for looking! see you in a few years when I finish my next model, knowing my sporadic schedule
  4. Hi everyone, Not been posting RFIs for a while for various reasons. No time to take photoes, no sunny weather to take good photoes, no time to write articles... Now it's time to change things so I'm presenting here the photoes of my latest model I just finished this week. This is a very well known Jet Provost, but not an Airfix kit which has been invading RFI section recently. I've gone the other way and challenged Sword kit of T.5. Not much aftermarket or scratchbuilding applied. I had Pavla MB mk.4 seats, Reskit wheels (main wheels only as their front wheel is visibly small so I used kit's option), Airdecal sheet is used for The Poachers scheme. Some constuction notes: Canopy requires attention! It is about 1.5 mm too wide at its center. It's okay at both ends though. And more importantly - two canopy parts match each other so this stays usable. My solution was to add plastic stripes to the cockpit insert sides. This made fuselage 'fatter' right where needed. At the same time I hardpressed fuselage at the start and end of the cockpit so no inserts were needed there. On the bottom I did not need an insert either. Exhaust is anemic. It's twice smaller than it should be. Just throw it away and scratchbuild the pipe (so did I) or find a replacement in spares. Resin seats are usable but no harness is provided. So I chose to buy Pavla seats. Also cockpit is too deep. I added quite a bit of plastic to raise seats to appropriate level. For an aerobatic team aircraft you need to cut wingtip tanks and add bare wingtips. Nothing complex. The only nuance - Sword gives us transparent navigation lights but these are useless as they do not fit wingtips at all. I just scratched them myself. Probably single-piece fully transparent wingtips could be a better option for Sword. Instruction sheet is horrible. Sword likes to picture nicer and more detailed parts in the instruction than it gets you for real. For instance, in this kit main undercarriage construction requires photo references. Little transparent navigation lights on top and bottom are provided on the sprue, there are location recesses on the fuselage, but these lights are ignored on the instruction at all! Stencils placing reference is just a puzzle. I used walkaround photoes to put most of the stencils. Techmod decals are thin, nicely printed, very readable. But for some reason they tend to bend over so on my XW360 some inscriptions were painted over by RAFC technicians. Aftermarket Airdecal sheet is superb. I had only couple cracks on a long blue stripes that go from the bottom fuselage and end on the tail. I almost have not torn them and applied almost symmetrically!!! Still makes me think once more whether building civil airliners with their cheatlines is a good idea... Use references for aerials! Looks like these changed over Jet Provost's career. Mine are in line with The Poachers photoes from the 70s but not in line with the instruction sheet. Add enough weight. This is a strong tail sitter! Luckily there is a lot of space in front fuselage. Paints used are Hobby Color FS36440 (H325), Flat Red (H13), white, black etc as appropriate. Blue on the wing tips is mixed from a secret proportion of blues and white which I will never be able to reproduce - seems almost spot on? That is all regarding construction. A bit more photoes: Thank you for watching!!! All the best, Dennis
  5. On holiday at home relaxing watching railway drivers eye view video's on & spotted two aircraft parked on an industrial estate in Knutsford - Jet Provost & what appears to be a Hawk, further investigation via Google street view aso shows a Tornado at the same premesis. Anybody know the background? On the left at around 57 min 10s into the followng video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSr0EXGxpdE
  6. Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.4 1:72 Airfix The Jet Provost was designed by Hunting Percival as a replacement for their Percival Provost, a piston engine basic trainer. Even though producing the Provost they anticipated the need for a Jet trainer going forward. This initial work was started in 1951, at this time they consulted with the RAF as to the needs of the RAF Training Command. Although initially it was a private venture the government did come on board and in 1953 an order for a test batch of aircraft was placed. The new "Jet" Provost would use as many parts of the original Provost as possible. The prototype XD674 would first fly on the 16th June 1954 as the Jet Provost T.1. Following trails improvements were made to the aircrafts lines, and hydraulic systems replaced pneumatic ones, the tail also gained a new tail fillet. The new T.2 had its maiden flight in 1955. The later T.3 would gain a more powerful Viper Jet engine, ejection seats, a shorter stronger fuselage and stronger undercarriage. 201 T.3 were built. The T.4 would follow in 1960 which again had an even more powerful Viper Engine. This was followed by the Pressurised T.5. An armed version would be developed which would become the Strikemaster. Both the Jet Provost and the Strike master are often associated with BAC (British Aircraft Corporation) as Hunting Percival was taken over by BAC in 1960. Even though now retired from RAF Service in the 1990s the aircraft is popular with private operators and many remain flying. The Kit The new tool T.3 was a welcome release from Airfix in 2016 and is representative of the great new tool aircraft they are now producing. It has been released this year with markings for the T.4. The kit arrives on three sprues of light grey plastic, and a clear sprue. The clear parts contain two main canopy parts one for an open cockpit, the other for a closed one. The parts in general are crisp with engraved panel lines. The wheel detail is a little soft, and the two pilots are generic and identical. Its worth noting the wing tip tanks are moulded onto the end of the wings in the kit. Construction starts with the cockpit. The front bulkhead is attached to the Main tub and the centre console and the control columns added. The seats are then made up. If using the pilot figures do not add the seat cushions. The instrument panel is now added with this instruments provided as decals. The tub can then be added into the fuselage. Before closing it up be sure to add nose weight. 2.5 grams is mention though I would suggest a little more to be safe. Next the tailplanes are added. This is a single part which spans both sides and is locked in with the tail faring (seems like a good idea!) The separate rudder is then added, The lower single span wing is then added to the fuselage and the left and right uppers are added. Though to ensure correct alignment of the wing tip tanks I would suggest adding the upper wings to the lower first? Moving back to the fuselage the intakes and splitter plates are added. Now the undercarriage can be fitted if needed. Like all new Airfix kits there are separate parts if you wish to model the aircraft in flight. The front gear has the leg moulded to half the wheel, with the other half being added. The mains have the leg moulded in with the door with the wheel to add on. The build is then finished with the addition of the underwing pitot tube and a couple of blade aerials followed by the canopies. Decals The small decal sheet is from Cartograf so should post no issues. It is well printed with no registration issues, and the absolute minimum of carrier film. There are three decal options which include: XR679 No. 79(R) Sqn Tactical Weapons Unit, RAF Chivenor, 1982 (Green/Grey over light Grey) XR679 No. 79(R) Sqn Tactical Weapons Unit, RAF Chivenor, 1989 (Box art aircraft in newer low vis scheme +yellow stripe and tanks) XR679 Seen/Based? at RAF Bawdy in 1988 in the low vis scheme without the yellow areas. Conclusion This is a great kit of an important RAF trainer, it should build with no issues and the choice of two later marking schemes is welcome. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Am planning to build the Airfix Jet Provost in armed configuration that was in service with the South Yemen Air Force. http://www.acig.info/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=75&Itemid=1 Photos showed that it carried Sura rockets and I have that in my spares box which comes from the Matchbox Strikemaster kit. I also noticed that the armed Jet Provost are (obviously) equipped with gunsights above the instrument panel and a standby comapass(?) hanging on its windscreen centre frame.. However photos I'd seen are not in the best resolution and angles to show clearly its construction and arrangement. Have searched the web, particularly walkarounds and was not able to find any photos or drawings of gunsight or weapon aiming sight on the JP. Would be most grateful if anyone can lead me to any website that depict this or post photos or drawings. As a matter of interest, 7 of the South Yemen Jet Provost T.Mk.52s were purchased by the Republic of Singapore Air Force in the early 1970s to supplement the Strikemasters in 130 Squadron. YK
  8. So having built a JP3, into a Jet Provost T4, I'm now going to transform this JP4 into this Jet Provost T3, Parts, looking familiar. This is my progress so far.
  9. Hi, I am about to start painting on my Airfix Jet Provost - scheme is White, Red, LAG. Airfix suggests H174 for the Red, indicating it to be BS537 in the instructions. I also have here Xtracolor X014 Red Arrows Red, also labeled BS537. Comparing the two, Xtracolor looks a little lighter and a bit more one the 'orange' side than H174. I am not sure which paint to use. Does anyone know which one is the better match? TIA Ingo
  10. Hi Folks There have been a few top class builds of the recent Airfix Jet Provost posted in RFI of late so I decided to post my humble contribution. I give you the recent Airfix 1/72 Jet Provost T3 finished in Light Aircraft Gray(from the Mr.Hobby range) and decals from the Xtradecal set for the Airfix Kit. The hi-vis markings were for the most part ok to use but getting them to follow the curve of the leading edge of the wing was less than successful with the solid areas of dayglo decals being quite rigid and brittle which resulted in cracking and splitting of the decal. I patched up the dayglo as best I could and touched up the damaged decals with some dayglo paint. I did attempt to add some of the vents/air scoops to the fuselage but did not correct the canopy as I had finished painting before I read about the canopy framing being an internal feature, for noting on the next one. Thanks for looking
  11. Been in a bit of a modeling funk recently - finding it hard to build up any enthusiasm for the hobby. Two weekends ago, my wife and daughter were out of town, so I thought I'd give the new Airfix JP a go - a nice, simple build, no complications, just the thing to get the modeling juices going. As I was looking at the boxes in my stash, I thought to myself that perhaps I could build the Airfix Vampire as well, while I was at it - similar, simple colour scheme, so I could airbrush both at the same time. While I was contemplating that idea, I spied the Airfix Gnat box - same scheme...... So I started all three.... And they are nice, simple builds - aside from a few minor issues, they built up very easily and quickly, such that I had all three airframes complete before the end of the weekend - just what the doctor ordered! Finishing them was another matter - the Airfix JP Dayglo decals are thick, brittle and unresponsive to decal softeners. A re-think and a quick look through the old SAM magazine pile showed that I could do the JP in an identical colour scheme to the other two. A profile in SAM showed that I could even build the exact same airframe - XM413 - in an earlier scheme than that offered in the Airfix box, so I could use those decals for this build - bonus! And a lucky bonus too - I discovered I was reading the Airfix painting guide incorrectly - I thought the Airfix box scheme was High Speed SIlver with Dayglo stripes, whereas it's actually LAG - I had painted the model in the wrong colour. Finding the same airframe in the earlier HSS/Fluorescent Orange scheme was fortuitous, saving a re-paint. I even had some spare CFS rhomboid decals in the spares box from the old Matchbox Provost kit. I spent most weeknights this past week adding decals, and just finished all three this morinng. So, here are the Airfix 1/72 Jet Provost T.3, Gnat T.1 and Vampire T.11: Thanks for looking!
  12. Hi, here's my latest, done as a relaxing build over the hols to take my mind off certain crap that's going on in my life at present. No doubt there are a few missing aerials/intakes but it looks like a JP to me!Kit: AirfixAccessories: Pavla ej seats plus some scratch built aerialsPaint: GunzeWeathering: Flory washDecals: Xtradecal - 79(R) Sqn TWU 1984 (I think that the camo should wrap around below the wings, though Xtradecals crappy instructions don't show thisThanks for looking Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  13. Photo Etch Detail Set for Airfix Jet Provost T.3/T.3A 1:72 Eduard Airfix's new Hunting Percival Jet Provost has been around for only a few months, but our Ready for Inspection Forum has already been populated with some rather excellent examples of the finished article. Now Eduard have released a set pre-painted photo etched details for the cockpit and airframe, as well as a set of pre-cut masks for the canopy and landing gear. Jet Provost T.3/T.3A Photo Etched Upgrade Set 1:72 Eduard In usual Eduard style, the set contains both pre-painted an plain parts spread across two frets. The pre-painted set includes harnesses and ejection handles for the kit's seats, as well as a multi-layered instrument panel and parts for the centre console. The unpainted fret contains additional details for the sides of the ejector seats, as well as the cockpit sidewalls and rudder pedals. Also on this fret are replacement torque links for the landing gear legs and hinges for the flaps, elevators and rudder. Additional details are provided for detailing the cockpit canopy and, best of all, there are parts to represent the FOD guards. The odd blade aerial and intake scoop have also been thrown in for good measure. Jet Provost T.3/T.3A Masks 1:72 Eduard There isn't much to say about these parts, other than the fact that they will make masking the canopy and wheels a quick and painless process. Conclusion Airfix's Jet Provost looks to be a nice little kit with a charm all of its own. Now that the likes of Eduard are producing aftermarket sets for it, I expect to see a few more on the tables at shows up and down the country. This set adds plenty to the kit without going over the top. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Really enjoyable new-tool kit, needing only minor tweaks. This was a pre-release kit built for the current (November) issue of Airfix Model World, so there were no decals included; I used Xtradecals 72250 instead.
  15. Keeping it simple...old Airfix JP3 I don’t know about you, but sometimes I despair about how long it takes to finish a model. It seems to me that most kits are on the workbench for 3 or 4 months or so before they begin to look like the aircraft I intended. There must be a quicker way! With this in mind I set out to see if I could finish something within a week. The result was that no – I couldn’t – but this one only took 10 days so it felt like a victory of some kind. I chose something simple and they don’t come much simpler than the old Airfix Jet Provost T3. Bearing in mind a new JP3 from Airfix is just around the corner it seemed a good time to build one of those old ones that had been lurking in the attic for more years than I care to remember. I had also just finished its piston engine brother in the form of the new S&M kit so it kind of made sense on a number of levels. Anyway, here it is. I had intended an OOB affair (or in this case OOPB = Out Of Plastic Bag). I must admit I couldn’t help but change the ejection seats and add just a little bit of scribed detail on the fuselage top, and of course I found some new decals, but other than that it is just about original including working ailerons! I could have done a ‘silver with yellow T bands’ job, but I found a picture of some very early CFS JP3s which still had that leading edge root fillet that Airfix provided, so I went with one of these. I chose XM361 mainly because I had some spare Lightning decals for XM139 for which the serials were exactly the same size as a JP3. All the other decals were from good old Modeldecal sheets apart from the ejection seat triangles and fire panels. Had I not chosen a dayglo machine (white undercoat, followed by gloss orange, followed by two coats of fluorescent orange) I might have had it finished in the week, but of course the real timescale is set by the rest of life that goes on regardless of us modellers!
  16. ....... Just had a strange thought!! The last few Airfix announcements have been on a Friday and roughly two weeks apart. So it's been two weeks since we heard about the B-17 and Bomber Respply set and two weeks before that when he heard about the new 1/48 Meteor F.8 ...so... Should we be expecting a new Airfix release announcement today?? Cheers.. Dave.
  17. Hi everyone My next build... Should be fun! All the best Iain
  18. Finally getting around to posting this build which I've been working on for about a month on and off. All being well it should be completed by the deadline for this GB. Thoughts on the kit: I'm pretty happy with it all said. The detail is refined and crisp, the resin adds a certain something, and it goes together well for a limited run kit. The only bits that I've had significant trouble with have been fitting the tub to the fuselage and installing the instrument panel, both of which were probably my fault. For reasons best known to myself I decided to try to force the fuselage together as I found the cockpit floor seemed to be a bit wide, and I ended up with horrendous cracking all the way up one side of the fuselage. I stabilised this with some CA and made good with filler and you can't see anything now so all's well that ends well. The other problem was the instrument panel, I think I fitted it at the wrong stage and really struggled to get it into the cockpit. I ended up having to shave bits off the edges to get it to sit right, it's still not great but passes casual inspection. I realise that the panel is incorrect for a T5 but I'm not too fussed as the canopy with be closed. I've just sprayed the intakes and will be fitting them next. After that, it's decalling and adding aerials etc. Cheers Liam
  19. Just finished this one tonight as part of Training Types GB, WIP can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234959617-fly-models-148-jet-provost-t5/ It's not without its challenges but I think it builds up OK. Thanks for looking. Cheers Liam
  20. I was wondering if any ex RAF types or long term residents of Cumbria could give me a word to the wise? I lived on the northern edge of the English Lake DIstrict between the years of 1982 and 1991 and every day was a free air show. I saw just about every aircraft in the RAF inventory and quite a few US and other NATO types as well, but I can't for the life of me remember if I saw any Jet Provosts in this time. Given that the RAF used them until the early nineties it seems logical that I must have, but I can't recall a single instance of having done so. The Tucanos that replaced them are a regular sight over the lakes (and along with Hawks are just about the only thing to be seen nowadays) so presumably they are being used for the same type of training, so is anyone able to say whether I would have seen them or not? It seems a weird memory lapse for someone who is into aircraft.
  21. Well, here we are. I'll be building the Fly JP 5 like Filler. All being well I'll be starting some time in the next few weeks once my Wessex is completed. I'm looking forward to adding this one to the collection and will appreciate and tips, advice, and feedback as I go along. My first impressions of the kit are that it's nicely moulded with sharp detail, I've not built a limited run kit before so no doubt I'll come across a few issues but it can't be any worse than some of the 50 year old airfix kits that I've done before.
  22. T.3A G-BWDS / XM424, Pics from Graham James. T.3A XM479, Pics from Graham James. T.3 XN584, Pic thanks to Martin. T.3A XN582, Pic thanks to Martin. T.3A XM365, Pic thanks to Martin.
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