RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 BUILD AND PAINTING TO FINISH

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKINGThis 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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKINGI 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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKINGAs it is a training aircraft, it is not good unless it is a multi-seat.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKINGThe plastic is rather soft as the kit of Airfix. It will be shaved pretty soon. I always think this is a unique shaving feeling that other manufacturers don’t have.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKINGIt feels good to put a decal on. I’m blowing a matte clear to protect the decal.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKINGIt is difficult to paint seatbelts because the mold is dull.
(2021/04/16)

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKING
I don’t know how deep I can see the inside, so I airbrushed the internal color of the airplane quite widely.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKING
Parts are made to show the internal structure of the air intake. It is amazing that the parts are prepared so well.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKING
I tried using a clear resin to glue the canopy. If you harden it with ultraviolet light for nail art, it will harden after leaving it for a few minutes.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKING
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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 MAKING
The Pitot tube is long. It is easy to break, so I want to change it to metal, but it seems difficult to make it by myself.
(2021/04/18)

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 PAINTINGThis 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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 PAINTINGFirst 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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 PAINTINGThere 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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 PAINTINGI’m putting decals on it. I thought the white was a little thin. Overall, this decal is very beautiful and easy to attach.
(2021/04/21)

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
The Folland Gnat training plane is completed. The aircraft belongs to the Red Arrows, an acrobatic team of the British Air Force. This airplane was used from 1965 to 1979.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
Marking is the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrow Acrobatic Team in 1979. So it’s the last year of the Folland Gnut used.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
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.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
I made the aircraft about 80% glossy. In addition, I thought it would be better to put ink in the panel line to make it look less like a toy. I guess it depends on personal preference.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
According to the manual, the landing gear legs should be slightly open like this.

RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK RED ARROWS FOLLAND GNAT T.1 AIRFIX 1/48 FINISHED WORK
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…
(2021/04/23)

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