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  1. In 2021 Wolfpack Design is to rebox the Academy 1/72nd North American T-6G Texan - ref. WP17207 Source: http://www.wolfpack-d.com/htm/kit.html V.P.
  2. Hello, I started 2022 with a strong will to decrease the number of abandoned builds I have in my stash (who does not have them?) and selected this one: Inside not what you would expect, since the box is simply a better way to avoid loosing everything with a damned end-opening box More details to follow... Thanks for looking!
  3. Question for the historical experts. I know this is a long shot. I recently purchased the excellent 1/72 Special Hobby Harvard boxing of Academy's T-6G molds and would like to build the AT-6G of the Lebanese Air Force as provided on the Armycast Texan decal sheet Clicky Unfortunately, I only found two black an white pictures of Lebanese Texans and the question remains, is it overall natural metal or yellow? Thanks for the support. Best regards Michael
  4. Joining you with this Heller Humbrol 1/72 Texan. A kit which I built in 2017, during Radial Engine GB. Just acquired from @Seahawk thanks Nick. To be finished as this Mexican Air Force Texan, named U-Boat Killer. To include a Dauntless type rear machine gun, leftover from a recent Airfix build.
  5. Looking for inspiration for a new project I found photo of Texan used as a crop duster. Searching for next photos resulted info, that this same airframe was used as... air tanker. For me it was obvious that I have a topic for a new project I bought a HobbyBoss Easy Assembly kit (sorry - only this was available), planned "some" changes and after few days (easy kit ) I can present to you my try to build Tanker #8 And at the end "family" photo with Avenger in Oranges
  6. Good evening all, Today, a FAP T-6 Texan operating from the 3rd Air Force Base in Portugal at some point in the mid 1960's. Academy has made a lovely 1/72 Texan that is kitted by Encore with a wide range of markings options, so it was tough to choose which I would go with. Ultimately I chose Portuguese as I have a Hawker Fury on the way that will also have Portuguese markings and which shares the Daschund marking of this build. Once I had underwing serials, I expect this one will go quite fast. I haven't yet decided if I will install the entire canopy or just the forward two sections, but I am leaning towards just the forward two to ease painting. In any case, I haven't got any clear parts glue just yet, so it will have to wait. Thanks for checking in, Tweener
  7. Hi folks. I want introduce my final work. This is Texan T6G French AF in Algeria 1957. Model was build very long time. Start was 5 years ago. Model build from box + Eduard - FLAPS. Best regards.
  8. Hello, While searching for an interesting early US WWII-era color scheme for my future Texan project, I came across pics of this interesting bird: img source: The American air power museum img source: TVL1970 via Flickr Is this color scheme historically authentic? I am sure the inscription behind the wheels is not, but what about the black undersides, nose-art and serials? Thanks, Aleksandar
  9. I'm building the Academy 1/72 T-6G Texan and I suspect the Israeli camouflage scheme in the instructions, could well be fictitious. It says Sand, Light Green and Dark Green but given they were only in service until 1963, I would have thought the Blue and Dark Brown camouflage would have been more likely. I know some were also painted Dark Green and Dark Brown when they first got them but I can't find any concrete evidence of anything else. Any ideas anyone? thanks Mike
  10. Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, pics thanks to Dov.
  11. After a six-month break, at last one finished model. Here's the picture, enjoy it.
  12. Hy Guys. Probably you know that feeling when you just can't stop yourself from starting a new project. Well, that's what happened to me with this one. I just wanted something nice and colorful. Enter Italeri (ex-Occidental, me thinks) 1/48 T6G Texan. Soft plastic, but with nice details on the exterior. Not so nice for the interior, which is somehow sparce. In order to improve a little bit the interior (especially the cockpit and wheel bays/flaps) I will use the eduard zoom etch for this kit and some scratch here and there. The transparencies are clear enough but too thick in order to depict the canopy in open position. As I didn't found any vac replacement for this kit, I will have use the original pieces, although I would like to be able to see the interior. My intention is to depict a Guantanamo Bay machine, pretty much the same with the one from the attached pic. Anyway, here are the mandatory box contents pics:
  13. Announced on ARC forum by a new (israeli) company, IBEX Plastic Models, a 1/48th injected kit of the Beechcraft T-6A Texan II ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_T-6_Texan_II ) Source: http://ibexmodels.com/ V.P.
  14. North American Aviation T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard. Pics by Bootneck Mike of Aircraft operated by Warbird adventures in Florida, where he flew in one.
  15. IsraDecal Studio is to release soon a 1/72nd North American Aviation T-6 Texan II resin kit - ref.IC72006 Another one with a f. vacu canopy... Sources: http://www.isradecal.com/#!product/prd1/4454523861/t-6a-b-texan-ii-1%3A72 https://www.facebook.com/isradecal/posts/727677370710229 Don't forget also Grand Models T-6 Texan II kit: http://www.hyperscale.com/2015/reviews/kits/grandt6apreview_1.htm http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988703-grandmodels-172-t-6anta-texan-ii V.P.
  16. Hi all, my first post here. I have seen plenty SAAF Harvard kits painted bright orange, but not a lot of "sunfaded yellow" ones, so I gave it a go. This was one of my main reference photos It's a bit of a snap kit, with only 21 parts and no instructions on how to put it together. However no instructions was needed. It all fit together pretty well considering the age of this kit, not a lot of filler was needed. But the level of detail isn't very good, especially in the cockpit where there was absolutely no detail apart from two pilot figures with seats fixed onto them. No instrument panels either. I basically cut out the seat from the pilots' behind and "shaped" it into 2 empty seats since I did not want pilots inside. I also made instrument panels from pieces of unused plastic bits, and made seatbelts from masking tape. I painted bare minimum detail in the cockpit but didn't put a lot of effort in here. The result is the cockpit is pretty sparse still and shorts a great amount of detail, but I wasn't up to making everything myself and put in weeks of effort into this old kit's cockpit. I had to further modify the kit as this is the SNJ Navy Texan. I cut off the "bubble" behind the cockpit as well as the arial and once again made the white fin out of spare plastic. The wingtips had (what I assume to be) lights bulges which I sanded down. The propeller had a type of mini spinner which I sanded flat to match the SAAF variant. This is lacking the variable pitch "arms", but I did not have any ideas on how to make it, so I left it out. In hindsight I should also have sanded down the rivets on the wings, but that ship has sailed. The worst part of this kit is there are US roundels shaped panel lines engraved on the model. I can't imagine why, even if one is building the US version. So this had to go. I filled it with putty, sprayed, and then of course saw I didn't fill it properly. I had to fill and spray another two times before this was smooth. The only other change I made was to "deflate" the main gear tyres by heating it up and shaping it by pressing down on it, worked much better than just sanding it flat. Paint & clear coats Tamiya AS-12 baremetal silver spray. Varouis mixes of Humbrol for faded yellow and orange and the rest, all brush painted. Tamiya TS-13 Clear spray Tamiya TS-80 Flat Clear spray Decals - TAS decals (VEGAS72001) Although I could have done a lot of things better, I am satisfied with the end result. I hope you enjoy looking at it too.
  17. Well it's been a while, I see that I started her in May of last year, but my Harvard of the Rhodesian Air Training Group circa 1943 is finally complete, though not quite in her diorama that I have planned. The final stage was some weathering using Phil Flory's Dark Dirt - judiciously applied it's highlighted all the lovely rivet detail on the KH kit. Max
  18. My entry into the Lesser Built Air Forces Group Build is the 1/32 T-6 Texan by Kittyhawk. When this kit came out Zotz decals did “North American T-6 ‘Texan in the African Wars’”. I zapped that puppy up as soon as it was available. After looking at the choices on the sheet (there are 12!) I was drawn to the aircraft serving in Biafra due to its very different camo scheme. Of course astute observers will notice, nice camo scheme, but where are the national markings? It seems I am using a very fancy decal sheet that has many and various colorful options solely as a painting guide! It does not appear to have any markings on the craft and all of the stencils were painted over when the camo scheme was applied. Looks like I will have to be forced to buy a few more of these kits to justify the purchase of the decal sheet. (Hey any reason, no matter how small or illogical, will work when it comes to feeding the stash monster.) My next task is to do a bit more research to see how these were used, the weapons load and if there were any markings on them. I am looking forward to this build as this will be my first Kittyhawk kit.
  19. Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234939155-texan-is-coming-nuff-said/ KittyHawk is to release a 1/32nd N.A. T-6 Texan/SNJ Harvard series for the 4th quarter of 2013. V.P.
  20. Images sent to Julien to post in walkarounds. Regards,
  21. North American T-6G detail Set Eduard 1:32 Last month we reviewed three etch sets for the Kittyhawk T-6 Texan HERE. Eduard have now released a fourth. This new set covers the exterior of the model and also includes a complete set of flaps. Exterior and Landing Flaps (32354) This single sheet set contains additional detail parts for several areas of the model. Firstly the engine is taken care of with new webs that fit between the cylinders, just below the rocker covers. There is also a new retaining ring that fits inside of the cowling; to fit this requires the removal of some internal detail from the kit part. Next area is the undercarriage bays with the installation of new bay skins for the front, rear and inside bulkheads plus a section of the bay roof. The undercarriage legs also get some treatment with replacement eye brackets and scissor link, whilst to the rear of the aircraft a new exit plate and rudder control rod, complete with control horn is fitted. The majority of the sheet is taken up with the replacement flaps which also require much of the moulded kit detail to be removed before fitting. The flaps need to be carefully folded to achieve the correct shape around the end pieces. The central flap section looks to be the most problematical, (I know I keep saying this, but care and patience are the watchwords with this kind of assembly). To create the best possible result these parts will need to be annealed whereas you can get away without this with most of the other etched parts. The flap bays are quite simple, but will look very effective under a coat of paint. Conclusion With the addition of the previously reviewed sets the Kittyhawk Texan will look great; this set is really the icing on the cake. The set is as we have come to expect from Eduard, with nice relief etching and fine details. The flaps themselves look a little fiddly, but in this scale shouldn’t be too hard for those with experience of using etched parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. North American T-6G detail Sets Eduard 1:32 With the release of the lovely Kittyhawk 1:32 T-6G, it was only a matter of time before Eduard released some etch for it. The two sets reviewed here, three if you include the Zoom set, are for the Interior, and seatbelts. Interior Set (32810) This set comes on two sheets of etched brass, one, the larger of the two, is unpainted whereas the other one is pre-painted and self adhesive. The unpainted sheet is dominated by the two large panels that are fixed inside the fuselage halves, either side of the cockpit and represent the aircraft structure. The sheet also contains items such as the replacement seats, which have much more detail to them, as well as the individual height adjustment levers, rudder pedal pads, new side console facings, and a new circuit breaker box. As with a lot of Eduards sets, some of the moulded kit detail will need to be removed before the etched parts can be added. With this set it’s mainly removing parts from the cockpit side framework, instrument panels and side console tops. Both instrument panels come in two parts the rear part has the instrument painted on it, whilst the front ahs the bezels. The front panel also has extra instrument on the lower panel added along with the landing gear handle. The rear panel doesn’t have a lower panel, but it does have the gear lever. A little dab of aqua clear, or similar will give them the appearance of glass fronts. With the side console tops fitted, the height beam on the framework is fitted out with new throttles, placards, panels and fuse boxes. The trim wheel beam is also given additional detail in the form of trim wheel locking handle, placards and fuel switches. Interior Zoom Set (33137) This zoom set contains only the above pre-painted sheet and allows the modeller to build a reasonably well detailed cockpit without the hassle of getting bogged down with detail that the modeller might otherwise find superfluous. Seatbelts (32814) This small fret of brass comes pre-painted for the most part, but with unpainted clasps, buckles etc. Whilst fiddly to make, it will give the cockpit a real boost as there aren’t even moulded belts on the kit seat, so if you buy only one set this should be it. Conclusion Whilst the Kittyhawk Texan is nicely detailed, you can never have enough options when wishing to add extra, finer detail, and this is where these sets come in. The added finesse of the etched parts can make the world of a difference on kit in this scale. With careful fitting, the detail seen through the heavily glazed canopy will be most rewarding. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  23. I'm in the early stages of building my 1/32nd KittyHawk Texan, which I'm finishing as a Harvard IIa based at 20 SFTS Cranborne in S Rhodesia. The instrument panels supplied are just for the Texan but can anybody give me a good reference/photos/drawings of those for the Harvard? I've seen some fairly recently but can I find it again? Max
  24. North American T-6 Texan 1:32 KittyHawk History The Texan originated from the North American NA-16 prototype (first flown on April 1, 1935) which, modified as the NA-26, was submitted as an entry for a USAAC "Basic Combat" aircraft competition in March, 1937. The first model went into production and 180 were supplied to the USAAC as the BC-1 and 400 to the RAF as the Harvard I. The US Navy received 16 modified aircraft, designated the SNJ-1, and a further 61 as the SNJ-2 with a different engine. The BC-1 was the production version of the NA-26 prototype, with retractable tailwheel landing gear and the provision for armament, a two-way radio, and the 550 hp (410 kW) R-1340-47 engine as standard equipment. Production versions included the BC-1 (Model NA-36) with only minor modifications (177 built), of which 30 were modified as BC-1I instrument trainers; the BC-1A (NA-55) with airframe revisions (92 built); and a single BC-1B with a modified wing center-section. Three BC-2 aircraft were built before the shift to the "advanced trainer" designation, AT-6, which was equivalent to the BC-1A. The differences between the AT-6 and the BC-1 were new outer wing panels with a swept forward trailing edge, squared-off wingtips and a triangular rudder, producing the canonical Texan silhouette. After a change to the rear of the canopy, the AT-6 was designated the Harvard II for RAF/RCAF orders and 1,173 were supplied by purchase or Lend Lease, mostly operating in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The next variant, the AT-6A, was based on the NA-77 design and was powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 Wasp radial engine. The USAAF received 1,549 and the US Navy 270 (as the SNJ-3). The AT-6B was built for gunnery training and could mount a .30 in machine gun on the forward fuselage. It used the R-1340-AN-1 engine, which was to become the standard for the remaining T-6 production. Canada's Noorduyn Aviation built an R-1340-AN-1-powered version of the AT-6A, which was supplied to the USAAF as the AT-16 (1,500 aircraft) and the RAF/RCAF as the Harvard IIB (2,485 aircraft), some of which also served with the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Canadian Navy. The NA-88 design resulted in 2,970 AT-6C Texans and 2,400 as the SNJ-4. The RAF received 726 of the AT-6C as the Harvard IIA. Modifications to the electrical system produced the AT-6D (3,713 produced) and SNJ-5 (1,357 produced). The AT-6D, redesignated the Harvard III, was supplied to the RAF (351 aircraft) and Fleet Air Arm (564 aircraft). The AT-6G (SNJ-5) involved major advancements including a full-time hydraulic system and a steerable tailwheel and persisted into the 1950s as the USAF advanced trainer. Subsequently the NA-121 design with a completely clear rearmost section on the canopy, gave rise to 25 AT-6F Texans for the USAAF and 931, as the SNJ-6 for the US Navy. The ultimate version, the Harvard 4, was produced by Canada Car and Foundry during the 1950s, and supplied to the RCAF, USAF and Bundeswehr. A total of 15,495 T-6s of all variants were built, quite a few of which are still used as warbirds, demonstrations, by flight experience companies, plus used as film extras and stars. The Model This is a wholly new tooling from KittyHawk it’s certainly great to see it being released in 1:32 scale, being their first in this scale. Arriving in a very attractively designed box, with one an artists representation the aircraft in flight over a somewhat rocky area of the US. On each side are colour profiles of four of the eight colour schemes included in the kit. The box is quite deep and it’s easy to see why, as on opening it is full of styrene. The kit is contained on 6 large sprues of bluey grey styrene, with one of clear styrene and a small etched brass sheet for the seat belts. The main sprues, some of which are folded over from the centre, one of KittyHawks little idiosyncrasies, and need to snapped apart before inspecting the parts. Detail looks very refined, with engraved panel lines and raised areas where required. The styrene feels quite soft so take care when removing from the sprues. There is no sign of flash or moulding pips, but there are a number of parts which have quite large injection towers, particularly the inside of the engine cylinder parts, which will need to be carefully removed before assembling. The clear parts are very well protected from damage by being in their own separate cardboard box. The build begins with the construction of the complex looking cockpit. The seat pans are attached to the supports and each fitted with a grab handle and seat a lowering/raising bar. The cockpit floor looks like it’s meant to represent the upperside of the centre wing, but isn’t curved enough as in the real thing there is no floor for the front pilot, only the for the rear. Still once all the parts are added and the completed assembly fitted to the fuselage I doubt much of it will be seen. There is a choice of joystick styles, depending on the variant being built and these are attached to the cockpit floor, along with a pair of fott runners and a foot rest for the front pilot. The nicely moulded tubular cockpit structure is fitted out with throttle quadrants, a fire extinguisher and radio box, whilst the two rudder pedal pairs are attached to their connecting rods. The instrument panel is made up of upper and lower sections onto which the decals are positioned and a back piece, with the instrument backs moulded into it, is attached to the rear of the upper panel. The floor, tubular sides, front instrument panel and rudder pedal assembly are then assembled. The rear bulkhead is the, made up of the bulkhead, rear decking and semi circular support, is attached to the rear of the cockpit whilst the single piece front bulkhead is, naturally, fitted to the front of the cockpit. A shelf, fitted with two trim wheels, control levers and other items is fitted to the port side of the cockpit from the outside. The rear cockpit instrument panel is then fitted along with its associated coaming whilst the two piece starboard console for the front cockpit is also attached. There are two black boxes fitted to the rear decking, whilst a separate shelf is fitted to the rear bulkhead below it. A two piece rollover bar is attached between the cockpits and three internal structure parts are fitted to the rear deck. To the front bulkhead there is another control box and the two piece oil tank attached. Moving onto the engine, the first parts to be attached are the two cylinder bank halves, (once the injection posts have been removed). The cylinders are then attached to a backing plate and the valve rods are fitted to the front face, along with the magneto to the gearbox cover.. There is an option of having either a short exhaust or a long one, depending on the variant being modelled, each being in two parts, with the completed exhaust then fitted to the collector ring. This assembly is then attached to the cooling gill part along with the intake manifold and the engine fitted to the exhaust and intake manifolds. To the rear of the engine a multi part accessory gearbox is fitted as is an five piece air intake and filter. Four V shaped engine bearers are then fitted to the rear of the engine, followed by three plates that fit onto the outside strut of each bearer. The whole engine assembly is then attached to the front of the cockpit assembly and everything is sandwiched between the two fuselage halves, closing it all up. Once again depending on the option being modelled there are different parts for the front upper fuselage one with a slightly different shape for the SNJ, and the rear of the cockpit glazing, either framed or unframed. The rear upper fuselage is then fitted, as is the two piece rudder, starboard side air filter intake and two foot rests. The horizontal stabilisers are each made up of an upper and lower half and fitted with a single piece elevator. The completed parts are then attached to the rear fuselage. There doesn’t appear to be an option to have the engine cowling open so the four parts have to be glued together and slipped over the engine. The windscreen is now fitted and the option of two types of radio mast, or a DF loop fairing, large blade fairing and even what looks like a GPS fairing, again depending on which scheme the modeller is building. The propeller is made up of the two blades, four piece pitch mechanism and boss. Onto this there is a choice of either a two piece or a single piece spinner, should the option require them. The propeller can then be fitted as can the three piece cockpit canopy. The wheels are assembled from a single piece oleo/axle, onto which the two parts of the scissor link is attached. The tyres come in two halves with separate inner and outer hubs. With the main wheels done, it’s on to the wing centre section. Into the single piece lower part two pieces are added that represent the front spar that can be seen through the wheel wells. These have very prominent injection towers that need to be removed before fitting, fortunately though they are the rear face so any damage won’t be seen. With these fitted the two upper wing panels can be attached and, according to the instructions the centre flap, wheel assemblies and gear bay doors are also fitted at this time, but it may be prudent to leave until later. The outer wings, each of upper and lower halves and landing light innards which, when assembled, can be fitted out with the clear landing and navigation light glass parts, pitot probe, (on the port wing), ailerons, with mass balances and flaps.The outer wings are then attached to the centre section and the whole thing fitted to the fuselage. Finally the under nose air intake and the three piece tail wheel assembly are fitted completing the main build. Since these aircraft were used for weapon training etc, the kit comes with a variety of underwing stores, these include:- Six off T-10 Rockets and their launch rails Two off Matra 122 rocket launchers Four off 250kg Bombs Two off twin 7.7mm machine gun pods Two off 20 gallon drop tanks. Decals There are two large sheets of decals and one small, almost addendum style sheet, with markings for the following options, which I believe are all preserved machines:- USAF aircraft. Ser.No.N9623C, TA-349 “Deb”, in a very flash red white and blue scheme over natural metal. USN aircraft. Ser.No.93449, in a colourful yellow wing, medium sea grey fuselage scheme. USMC aircraft. Ser.No.90917 in overall silver scheme with yellow nose and green stripes on the wings and rear fuselage. Canadian Air Force aircraft. Ser.No. CF-UUU in overall trainer yellow with a blue nose. German Air Force aircraft. I.D. number BF + 056, in overall trainer yellow with green nose including a chequer board panel on either side. Italian Air Force aircraft. Ser.No. MM-54101 in overqall silver with yellow outer wings/tail and extreme nose of cowling. South African Air Force aircraft. In overall silver fuselage, with orange panels on the wings, tialplane and cowling plus medium sea grey panels on the upper wings. Royal Air Force aircraft. Ser.No. FT239 in brown and mid stone over light aircraft blue camouflage scheme. The decals look very well printed, with good opacity and density, in register and without too much carrier film, with the notable exception of the large USAF titles. There are a complete set of stencils for one aircraft included. Conclusion This is a great looking kit, especially considering it is Kitty Hawks first foray into 1:32 scale. The details on the parts are sharp and there is a nice finesse to them, especially the detail cockpit interior. With so many colour schemes offered, it will be difficult to choose which one to do and it’s good to see that it’s not just the schemes that change, with the different parts included; it is possible to represent each aircraft accurately as far as I can tell. There have been a number of grumbles about the cockpit floor, which, whilst it’s not accurate, it is a reasonable compromise to aid in making the kit easier to produce and perhaps build. You won’t see much of it anyway, unless the modeller wishes to de-skin the fuselage, in which case they will have the skills to reproduce the upper wing centre section. For those that want a good sized Texan/Harvard/SNJ in their collection I can highly recommend this kit. Review sample courtesy of and available soon from major hobby shops
  25. Use this link instead: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234939162-132nd-north-american-t-6-texansnj-harvard-by-kittyhawk-sprue-shots-released/page-2#entry1518368 They are not my images nor of my kit. Regards,
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