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1/48th Gnat T-1 upgrades
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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 01:13 PM UTC
Airfix''s 1/48th is a nice little kit to start with, and Eduard have produced a Self Adeshive Photo Etch set, and a Mask set for this British Trainer, made famous by the Red Arrow display team.
Andy Brazier opens the packets on these sets.


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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 01:53 PM UTC
As I am building this little jet for the Trainer/two seater campaign, I might as well turn this thread into a build blog.
Cockpit done. Pretty easy to build, even if the smaller S.A bits needs glue to attach.
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Cockpit sidewalls.

Main undercarriage bays with added P.E.

Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 01:59 PM UTC
Hi Andy - neat little trainer which looks good in the majority of schemes it carried! Will you have it on the Bulldogs stand at Cosford show? I'd really like to see it close up!
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Steve S. (Bolton IPMS)
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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 02:25 PM UTC
Hi Steve,
It will be in the scheme of the Central Flying School, which is a colourful scheme of Fire Orange and silver.
I wont be at the Cosford show, but I will be at Telford , so I will bring it there.
Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 03:30 PM UTC
All the interior is in. Fuselage being closed up.
The fit of this kit is exceptional.

Andy
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 11:53 AM UTC
The fuselage is closed up, and the wings are on. A little filler is needed around the wing joins.
It is surprising how small this kit is.

The replacement Eduard flaps are made up of 8 parts each and are a little fiddly, and require multiple bends, but do look good once installed.

Andy
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Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2015 - 03:56 AM UTC
Eduard masks applied to the canopy, and white glued into place. Eduard only supply the outside frames, so you have to fill the middle portions yourself.

The silver part of the camo is on. Red/orange to be applied next.

Andy
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Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2015 - 04:52 AM UTC
Those Eduard PE parts sure make a huge difference to the look of the Airfix Gnat Andy. Nice one
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Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 12:57 AM UTC
Nice one Andy

That's really nice work - and the upgrades definitely look worth getting.

I promise I will get back to my poor neglected Red Arrows Gnat one of these days...

All the best

Rowan