K-8 trainer in 1/72 scale using the "Lo model" kit : kit review and modelling report by Meindert de Vreeze
In the nineteen seventies the Taiwanese aircraft industry together with Northrop developed an advanced jet trainer, the AT-3. It first flew in 1980. Manufactured by AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation), some 62 aircraft were produced solely for the Taiwanese air force. It could be lightly armed as well with gun pods and Sidewinder / TC-1 missiles.
See Wikipedia for more info.
|In 1/72 scale there is a very basic
model from a "Lo model" no. 001 which
seems to be Taiwanese.
After basic assembly, some thick panel
lines were filled in some places with putty. after sanding, a first coat
of light grey was air brushed to check for any flaws. It seemed OK.
The decals were a bit sturdy but imposed
no problems, but make sure to dip them in Johnson
Future to get a better adhision.
There is almost no kit interior, so
with bits and pieces from card and the spares box, a cockpit was made.
Instrument panels were made suing my home made instrument decals which
I use now and than when these are missing from a kit decal sheet. Seat
gear was painted orange with seat straps.
Finally, the whole model got a sealing
Future coat airbrushed on to it. That completed this Far east
and very unknown jet trainer which sits nice next to other trainers like
the Hawker Hawk and Pakistani/Chinese K-8 Karakorum.
NOTE: I forgot to add the small pitot
tube on the nose... . This was added after photo's were taken.
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