SAirfix 1/72 New Tool Jet Provost T3 Build

Well I know that this isn't news as there have been several posts regards this kit already, but I've just started mine, and here are my thoughts.

 

On first inspection the parts are in the older softer plastic, but are well executed with restrained panel lines. The cockpit detail looks nice, but there is no intake trunking and the jet pipe isn't blanked off, this may need seeing to later. Also, due to moulding limitations there are several intakes missing from the fuselage top decking behind the cockpit.

 

For inspiration I visited my local museum again (Manston History Museum), where they have a JP T4 on display.

 

 

This is what comes in the box

 

 

There are two decal options, the one most people seem to go for, light grey with all the day-glow striping in decal, and the 70's-80's training scheme in red, white and light aircraft grey. The day glow scheme is tempting, but all my memories of the JP are from the 80's so red, white and grey for me.

 

 

The box top. Very nice, but notice how the missing detail on top of the fuselage has been masked with the shadow from the wing?

 

Construction gets off to a standard start with the cockpit. 

 

 

The eight parts that go together to make up the two ejection seats. Detail may not be up to aftermarket resin items standard, but they are nicely formed none the less, and went together well. The separate seat cushion insert has moulded on straps which will repay careful painting. If the supplied pilot figures are employed then this insert is left out.

 

 

There is also the representation of the ejection handle on the head box.

 

The cockpit tube went together well consists of the main tube, two control columns, a central throttle console instrument panel and forward bulkhead. Detail is more than adequate for this scale.

 

 

Next I shall paint the internals, which shouldn't take to long as it is mostly black, but as the aircraft I will be modelling had over 20 years service under its belt a fair bit of weathering will be needed.

Rael

191 posts

Looking forward to seeing the follow on of this build PMM.

Rael

It didn't take to long to paint up the cockpit and seats, I used some images found on the internet to get more or less the correct colours.

As can be seen the basic colour is black, with a dry brush of light grey. The dry brush isn't as heavy as it looks, it's just the flash brought it out. You can't really see here but the instrument panel has a pretty accurate decal.

 

Next was putting the fuselage together. A dry fit with the cockpit in place showed that the fit was very tight around the nose, so I used my craft knife to scrape down the edges of the cockpit tub and then the fit was fine. A case of 30 seconds work now saving a lot of effort later filling and sanding.

Clamps were used to make sure everything set in place. I'll leave this overnight now, and next time it's onto the wings and tail feathers.

Rael

191 posts

The cockpit detail is very neat, well done!

Rael

Thanks Rael

I've now assembled the rest of the airframe, and to be honest it went together in no time, with hardly any issues. The one piece tailplane slots into the backend without fuss followed by the rudder, which I slightly offset for a bit of animation. This is all followed by the jet exhaust, this just clicked into place but unfortunately does not have a jet pipe, just a see through effect to the cockpit back. To overcome this I used a length of plastic tube glued onto the back of the exhaust. 

The wings were next, starting with the one piece bottom wing part, which clicked into place nicely, along panel lines and only needed a quick swipe with the wet and dry to make the joint invisible. The wing upper surfaces are then put into place and the join along the wing root is more or less perfect. The final airframe parts to be assembled were the air-intakes, these fitted well, but will probably need just a smear of filler to blend them in.

Next I will be attempting to replicate the missing intakes and vents from the top of the fuselage.

Oh yes, and I nearly forgot, the instructions tell you to insert nose weight, which I still managed to miss, but luckily I should be able to slip some metal bits and pieces into the nose through the nose-wheel opening.

Paws4thot

378 posts

Following with interest, not least because I've just bought the new JP4 starter kit (the "red one", because it'll be different to the rest of the trainer fleet (no Arrows here)).

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.

Be aware Paws4thot, that if you intend to add the missing intakes on top of the fuselage, the ones on the T4 are about twice the size of those on the T3. I would also say not to bother blanking off the engine intakes as the opening is so small you can't see anything anyway, but the jetpipe does need to be blanked off somehow, as there is a nasty see-through effect. You could even use a section of drinking straw closed off at the end and painted black.

Paws4thot

378 posts

Cheers for that; the kit is literally "still in the post" but that's a good time to start research.

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.

Just a quick update.

I've cleaned up all joints, which didn't take long. The only place that filler was needed was around the air intakes, but I've since discovered that the intake joins on a fairly prominent panel line on the real aircraft, so I could have left that.

I've also added the missing detail to the fuselage top using  scrap plastic card, this took about half an hour all told, with about another 30 minutes doing some research on the web beforehand.

Some of the filler on the intake can be seen as well.

As I had the undercarriage painted up I installed this as it won't effect any masking. This is simple but effective, with each main leg in one piece, with a separate, flattened main wheel, and the nose leg also one piece, apart from the wheel which is half moulded onto the leg and half separate, so that the groove down the middle is reproduced.

Again some of the intake filler can be seen.

As I had forgotten to add nose weight, and the nose wheel bay opening was very small, I squeezed as much blu tack as I could into the opening. This wasn't quite enough, so a little more went under the instrument panel, and now it just about sits on its main wheels if the canopy is also on!

Next up will be painting, oh good more white to hand paint after the Victor and a Vietnam USN A-7.

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