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JASDF T-1A Jet Trainer

Page Three and Final Reveal
After the Jet Exhaust was feathered and a semi-gloss varnish laid down the wheels went on. I'd sanded some weight into them after testing for the center of gravity. The instructions didn't ask for any grams of lead to hold down the nose but I never trust that. Been there before, as some of you have to, only to have to figure out later how to get the thing off its tail and look right. However, be it the decal weight, paint thickness or a family of 1/72 rodents taking up residence in the ass end of the bird, something threw off my COG. Luckily, there is enough distance in the intakes to cut these half-moon lead shapes and gingerly add them in with PVA glue until things normalized. Then with the canopy all cleaned and put on it would make sure we had a tricycle.
Summary
I sure hope, with this model, I did some justice to this aircraft considering the hundreds of pilots that earned their wings in them! The neat thing is how they are displayed in many places throughout Japan denoting how beloved and admired this Jet was and still is.

As for the kit PLATZ made something that goes together quickly (save for the photo-etch) and looks really eye catching. Going by the rule "would I do this again?" it would be a firm yes!

Our thanks go out to PLATZ for sending this sample for the build, to www.sunwardhobbies.ca for getting supplies to me at mach speed and of course to you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this feature.

When shopping for this PLATZ model please mention you saw an article on KitMaker Network AeroScale.
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About the Author

About HG Barnes (HGBARNES)
FROM: ALBERTA, CANADA

H.G. Barnes is a former voice artist and sales/marketing executive. Currently ghost writing, he's recently published the first of many Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, and Adventure novels. He's been building model kits of every genre since memory to go along with his short stories, yet aircraft h...


Comments

What a sweet looking model. Interested that you wrote it gores together so well. All those colors - a mid-air ("Fox-Four" ) would be difficult. Thanks for the Micro SOL, paint and Styrofoam warning.
FEB 22, 2020 - 05:34 AM
Thank you for all the hard work and tips. I have the T-1B version that I started last year but had to put aside for a while due to other commitments. I can't wait to get back to it. Nice to know that nose weight is needed. Bravo!
FEB 24, 2020 - 02:27 AM