This time, I will try to make a British trainer plane Folland Gnat T1, which is quite rare for me. This kit is an airplane of the Red Arrows, an acrobatic team of the British Air Force. When I opened the box, I was surprised that the airframe was quite small. Is this really a 1/48 scale? Suspecting that, I checked the scale of the package again. Maybe 1/72 is too small for some people.
I am assembling the cockpit first as usual. It is good that the mold of the cockpit panel is sharp. The mold of the seat belt was carved from the beginning, so I don’t think I need to do additional work this time.
I thought so, but the resin is resin, so I can’t expect much adhesive strength. It came off crisply with a little force. In the end, it was firmly bonded with Mr. Cement of Creos. It got a little dirty.
This time, the landing gear was installed on the aircraft first. Fine angle alignment, flat tire contact surface, is difficult to position after painting. In this case, the inside of the landing gear compartment is first airbrushed and masking or painting with a brush.
First of all, I tried to blow pink to increase the color of red. The paint guide of the Airfix shows the color number of the Humbrol. Normally, if it’s a color of a fighter plane or a tank, it’s about the same color, but this time, the color of the Humbrol 238 is gross arrow-red. Usually, I don’t care about the color of red, yellow, or orange, so I don’t really understand the slight difference in color.
There seems to be an arrow-red called Red Arrows Red BS537 with the color specified by RAF. There’s also a color called signal red BS537, which is bright red, similar to the color used on F1 machines. This kit of Red Arrows may be OK with red like signal red. There is a signal red from Gaia color to F1 model. This one is easy to buy in Japan and looks similar in color. I didn’t think I would get lost this much in the red.
Because the aircraft is quite small, the number of man-hours and manufacturing costs were significantly reduced compared to existing fighters. However, because of its small size, its cruising range, and the military equipment it can carry were limited and its fighting power was limited.
However, India imported dozens of the Folland Gnat aircraft and licensed 175 of them were manufactured domestically and deployed under the name of Ajit. In the India-Pakistan War, it achieved a result of shooting down the F-86 saber of the opponent.
According to the instruction manual, the angle between the vertical fin and the horizontal fin is 90 degrees, and the angle between the left and right landing gears is 10 degrees to the outside. If it is written properly, I can easily decide the position of parts, so I appreciate it.
I don’t know if the plastic was too soft and shaved too much, but there was a gap between the main wing and the fuselage. At first, I filled it with light-curing putty, but maybe because it was a bit too soft to be able to shave, so I fixed it with a clear resin. I couldn’t do the surface treatment well.
If you don’t open the nose panel, you had better put a little weight inside the nose. If you open it and assemble it, you had better put a little weight behind the cockpit panel. The balance is rather delicate, so the rear part of the aircraft touches the ground. I prepared a finely chopped fishing weight.
It’s a small kit, so it’s quite easy to complete. These small airplanes are more maneuverable and easier to handle for acrobatic flights. I liked it very much when it was completed. I recently bought a PlayStation 5, so I was playing games all the time, so I couldn’t finish it quickly…
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.