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  1. It has been some time since I have posted anything of any substance as of late. My family, career, and 1/1 aircraft restoration take up the majority of my time these days. I have been building some, although not as frequently as I would sometimes like. I had been tinkering away with an Academy 1/48th CH-53E, and desperately needed a break from the filling and sanding of the hundred or so ejector pin marks on the model. I chose the Kitty Hawk Trojan as a welcome distraction after following some of the builds here from "Herr Clunk" and Brian Leitch, among others. Being that I have both flying and "wrenching" experience around Trojans, I decided that I was going to build this model primarily straight from the box, with a notable few exceptions....(which I will explain as I go)... Here is a shot of the cockpit so far. I used Model Master enamels throughout. The base color is Dark Gull Gray with details picked out in their respective colors. I had originally applied the decals like others had, but found the pit decals would not settle over all of the raised detail in my example. JohnB came to the rescue, and sent me a spare sheet he had not used (Thanks John) I modified the kit's side console decals by cutting out each individual placard and panel an applied them in their respective locations. The reasoning here is that Kitty Hawk printed the decals with a strange blue background that does not near match the actual color of the aircraft. Brian used them successfully, but I decided in the end I could not live with the discrepancy. So it made the job much more difficult, but I am happy so far with the results.... And another shot of the cockpit in-progress.... I managed to do the same procedure with the instrument panel decals, cutting them out one at a time to eliminate as much of the printed cockpit color as I could....the placards were quite tiny, and tough to maneuver. I find Kitty Hawk's decals like to stick where they land, so I had to float them into place. A bit more work than usual, but worth it in the end. Next time I will use some Airscale instruments.... Here is the left sidewall, with the same treatment of the decals. I am going to add the throttle, propeller, and mixture control levers that are so prominent in the real aircraft. This will also add a bit more color and definition to this side of the cockpit as well. Last shot of the cockpit parts, including the back deck, sticks, and control gust lock. The kit provides two of these, but I am only using one in the front pit, as there usually was not in the rear cockpit. I still have to gloss-coat everything, do some pin washes, weathering and highlighting. I am leaning toward one of the Vietnamese attack birds on the AOA decal sheet. But I still have not decided completely. I will also be making my own harnesses for the seats, as the kit ones are, well, different (not that the kit seats are totally correct, either!).....I also do not like layering photoetch straps to build them. I will use some wine bottle foil and Tamiya tape to fabricate these. I also will not be replicating them exactly, as I will be installing a standard four point harness. Last pic of the night is the engine assembly. I have shoe-horned more nose weight into every hollow part I can to help keep the model from sitting on it's tail. I did not bother detail painting anything aft of the exhausts, as I plan to display the cowling closed.....I also applied a spare data plate decal to the crankcase, and still have a bit of weathering to do. More this weekend....(unless the girls have anything to say about it!! ) As always...Thanks for stopping in- THOR
  2. This is my version of the new KHM T-28 Trojan. I have seen several of these built, and all but one have been in this scheme, as I think it is one of the more pretty schemes for the ol girl. The kit is without a doubt one of Kitty Hawks best kit, and all the evidence points to KHM getting better and better with each later release of LSPs. Some observations on the Kitty Hawk T-28 if I may............ - KH did a nice job of fixing the delicate ignition ring, Id LOVE to see that type of engineering continue on all further radial-engine powered KHM kits. It REALLY saves you from having to scratch a new one, with the extra part in the center to help give it strength. - KHM also did a VERY nice job of listening to what most of us want.......... reduced # of open panels. I would love to see this too continue, as I do think the majority of people buying this that DO want open panels will not have an issue cutting their own. This also gives lend to some great fit all around. - Wheels. The OS2U had weighted wheels if I recall correctly, and I would have loved to have seen that on the T-28. The lack of weighted wheels really puts a quite large and heavy plane "on its tip toes" so-to-speak. - Pylons. The armed version of the T-28 had quite a few of them, and thats understandable, but I think the majority of people building this one love it because it is a trainer, which means no pylons. However, the OS2U did have these filled (but needed to have a place in the instructions where it mentioned punching them out before wing assembly) and let you punch out holes as needed, which in the end was a MUCH better solution than having to punch out discs to fill the pylon holes. All that said, this is by far and away one of the easiest OOB builds I have done, and other than having to know you need more nose weight, its a pretty straight forward build, that fits REALLY well, and has all the potential in the world for super detailing if one desires. I tried to keep the weathering so it was no so overbearing but keeping the well used theme going, with enough dirt that could have realistically accumulated on a trainer that saw lots of use/hours. I also realize that bright sun-light is not the ideal picture taking light, but its what I had to work with so hope you find them acceptable. So without further babbling, here is the T-28 built for Glen and KHM that you may see on one of their display tables in the future. Its quite pic heavy so bear with me: MORE.......................
  3. The next AOA sheet (32-015) will be for the 1/32 Kitty Hawk T-28 Trojan kit. As usual with AOA the focus is again on aircraft that were in combat (with one exception). Sheet will have 18 schemes covering various nationalities. Although none are specifically marked with the US national insignia, some were directly unmarked US aircraft and many others were US operated/maintained under the disguise of other nationalities due to the "secret" war. Laos (5 schemes) - T-28B/C/D Thai (3 schemes) - T-28D Cambodia (1 scheme) / Khmer (2 schemes) - T-28B/D VNAF (5 schemes) - T-28B/C US (2 schemes) - T-28D A few of these schemes are very similar to one another with only some minor differences. Some of it is due to some having the Yankee extraction setup (future kit/conversion), as well as some D-5 aircraft, and also two C aircraft since the Kitty Hawk B/D kit suggests a C is planned (if not, then for conversions). Two types of stencils will be provided - one as the original full letters and other as the sprayed/stencil letters. Should also point out the Loa national insignia included is specifically based on the actual painted markings applied to the T-28, it is not based on the Wikipedia insignia image that has been used incorrectly on other decals previously released. Yes the wiki version sure looks nice with fancy detail, but it is not accurate to the real insignia carried on the RLAF marked T-28s! More important point: unfortunately the 1st Air Commando "VNAF" shark-mouthed aircraft have some license taken on colors and a significant compromise was taken on the shark-mouths. About 30 photos were available of their aircraft, and for some reason all except one were in black and white - and that one that was in color, that specific aircraft didn't have the lightning bolt on the tail (figures). Various written accounts say the rudder was light blue, blue, and others say red. In b/w photos it appears very dark, lighter than the inside of the eyes which is known to be red from the color photo. Both red and blue bolts are provided but I've shown blue on the profiles (light blue seems highly unlikely). The inside of the sharkmouth is usually shown in illustrations as red; in the b/w photos, some aircraft, and in this case specifically aircraft 371 is one, the inside of the mouth is noticeably darker than the inside of the eye (red), while on 372 the inside of the mouth appears closer in color to the red eye color. This fact, plus the extent and number of curvatures required to fit a full decal with mouth color provided, is why I elected to only provide the teeth/"lips" as decals and leave it up to the modeler for the inner color. So the inside of the mouth will have to be painted first on the kit, which could be a real pain. Not ideal, but like I said, I did a compromise as I wanted to at least offer the chance for these aircraft. Printed by Microscale. Now in stock Price $20 www.AOAdecals.com The two sheets:
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