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Italeri 1/48 Aermacchi MB-326 ( Brazilian Air Force AT-26 Xavante)


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Hello!

This is the Aermacchi MB-326, a reboxed kit released by Italeri , which has been around for quite sometime now. Not a very detailed or free of issues one, but since we have no other choices...

Cockpit, seats and wheel bay areas very, very simple, so I went for resin seats (the kit's are too small actually) and, to match the Brazilian built version, I also got larger tip tanks from a local provider. And, of course, extra decals set. 

These birds, built under license by EMBRAER, were extensively used here in Brazil from 1972 until 2011, mainly in the advanced fighter training role, but also for light ground attack and tactical reconnaissance missions (as this build replicates).
For that, a Vinten pod, with a set of four cameras, was used under the left wing. 

Painted with Gunze Aqueous, I've tried to weather it just enough to show the intense, but also careful use, so not too many scratches, just the expected faded paint.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers
George

 

 

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1 hour ago, Marcello Rosa said:

This is absolutely stunning. I remember seeing these in person and yours just looks like the real thing. Do the decals come from Italeri, or are they aftermarket?

um grande abraço 

Thank you! Decals are aftermarket, a mix of 2 local brands. One of them is FCM, and the other one is a friend from a social media group. But those that came with the kit are great!

 

Abraço!

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24 minutes ago, Andrés S. said:

I love the final look of the plane, very good job. But I have to mention that I have rarely seen decals so well integrated into the panel lines as well as the paint.

 

Andrés.

Thank you! As for the decals, secret is to be obsessed to get the paint as smooth as possible and Mr Softer with care.

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