S1:72 Jet Provost x2

Colin M

86 posts

I've been waiting for a while to build something Airfix that I can actually create a build log. And this little gem is something I've been waiting to build for a while now. So, why stop at one, when you can build two.

The T.3 has an alternative scheme of red, white and grey. that's the one I'll be building here. The T.4 was going to be built as a Red Pelican, as shown on the box, but I quite like the look of the T.3's silver and dayglow scheme, so I changed my mind part through. 

So, two builds, side by side,this is a first for me.

The cockpit is nice enough for this scale.

Some cockpit bit's built. Here's were I explain the orange flying suit. I found a video on line of the red Pelicans preparing for take off. It was an old video, but did suggest the pilot wore an orange flying suit. Really, I would have expected a red suit, but it was an old film so I went with what I saw. However, as I said, I changed my mind and am now building the silver and dayglow scheme. But the pilot is staying in orange. I'm lazy !

 

The funny thing is, even when building two indentical kits, the fit does vary just a touch. It's nothing to cause any trouble, just an interesting point.

This will be the red/white JP. The type I saw so many times as a boy flying over the beaches of Wales whilst on holiday. White is painted, now for some fun masking, a nice curvy line. I've also used the white as a primer for the red.

Once the white was dry, on with the red. All paints are old enamels, simply because I already had them in stock. The red and white are Revell and the grey Humbrol. All behaved really well, just as enamels do. 

 

Well, I better do a bit to JP 2, he seems a little left out at thte moment.

Paws4thot

1060 posts

"bright colour" growbags were more of a thing in the period you're working in anyway.

Also, take note the kit is missing the intake cover auxilliary scoops and the brace between the pilots should be on the inside (I just used the moulded outline as a guide to hand-paint the inside, at which point the outline almost vanishes).

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

Colin M

86 posts

Hi Paws,

I've read about the missing vents and canopy frame and to be honest, they don't concern me. These are never going to be competition models, just plain old 'good for the soul' modelling. I've just finished a 1:32 WNW Bristol F.2b, so you see where I'm coming from by keeping things simple here.

Colin M.

Colin M

86 posts

So, JP 2 will be having a closed cockpit, so it was time to prepare a couple of seats and a pilot, then get them installed.

Slotted in nicely.

All going well then JP 1 did this. Oh well, just a small repair needed.

Now it was JP 2's turn for a bit of paint. Alclad's own black primer used ready for some sort of metalic silver type paint, the brand and shade are yet to be decided.  JP 1's lifted white paint ws also repaired. 

 

However, JP 1 hadn't given up just yet - more trouble.

This will be a bit of a pig to fix. All three colours will need to be re-painted. I can only imagine I didn't wash the model very well before priming. Hang on, did I wash it at all ?

Paws4thot

1060 posts

Hi Colin, my point about the canopy at least was a visual fix without  going to all the effort of sanding and polishing the external frame.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

T2B

896 posts

The build is making good progress Colin and I understand what you mean by just building for the soul, sometimes striving for perfection can be self-defeating. 

 

And err I don't wash my sprues either, I sometimes have good intentions but then just want to get on with the build so washing the parts is forgotten. And I rarely have problems with paint lifting though I try to ensure 24 hours between spraying and masking the next area.

 

I have a couple of JPs on my display shelf which I completed with enamels and brushes, just before converting to airbrushing so looking forward to seeing your completed models!

Colin M

86 posts

Thanks for the input gentlemen, as for the paint lifting it's not something I've suffered from before. I even de-tack the masking tape first. Oh well, moving on.

So, JP1 has been sanded back re-primed and white applied. JP2 has some colour. I read the instructions and realised the base colour wasn't silver, but aircraft grey. 

JP1's re-applied red seems to have worked, I'll do the black tomorrow, giving it about 24hrs to properly dry.

JP2 has had a couple of gloss coats. I might even get some decals on him tomorrow. For such small models, they both have a lot of decals. I really don't want to find myself decaling both models at the same time !

Colin M

86 posts

JP2 has its decals and an over coat of gloss. A bit of restrained weathering is next on the list for JP2.

Mostof the decals behaved themselves, except the leading edge ones. Like so many other, I just couldn't get these to conform. Warm water and decal solution didn't help me. I might try to spray it in later, but to be honest, probably wont.

JP1 is in for repair again. After unmasking my last repair, I had lost quiet a bit of symetry of the white curvy, tapering line at the front. So, I'm now at this point - again !

Colin M

86 posts

The repairs to JP1 are complete and look ok. So, on with a gloss coat.

 

Then later, the decals. All behaved really well.

Colin M

86 posts

And they're done. JP1 and JP2 are all decalled up.

 

 

The little 1:72 Airfix Jet Provost is a great kit. It truely has no vices.

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