Gulfstream G.IV : Welsh vacuform model in 1/72 scale
The Dutch Royal air force uses a single Gulfstream G.IV jet for long range transport purposes. The Gulfstream is from the American Gulfstream company and many planes are in use all over the world as executive business jets. The Gulfstream G.IV series has modern Rolls Royce Tay engines and the first one of this series flew in September 1985. The USAF uses the version in a special performance outfit as the C-20.
Beginning of the nineteen nighties, the RNeth AF required a long range transport and to get one quickly a second hand plane was bought. The plane had previous registrations VR-BOY, N780LS, N700LS, N500VS, N500LS , N423GA. The RNeth AF plane is the "V-11". It became operational April 1996 with 334 squadron.
Entering AF service numerous problems were encountered and a equipment modernization program was started that ended January 1997. The plane as passenger cabin with up to 11 seats and advanced communication equipment. Later on, an external SATCOM antenna was fitted on top of the vertical tailplane and some different paint schemes were applied during the course of its RNeth AF career as well.
Technical data:The overall colour of the RNeth AF plane is white with metal leading edges (de-icing) and a Dutch colours Red-white-Blue cheatline. The Dutch roundels are estimated to be 10,5 mm diameter in 1/72 scale on the engine nacelles and 13,9 mm on and below the wing.
(2) White with cheatline and large "KONINKLIJKE LUCHTMACHT" titles. Small squadron symbol behind entry door and Dutch flag near door. Large KLu logo on tail with number V-11. Small RNLAF title on winglets and large RNLAF title on upper wing.
(3) White with lower positioned cheatline and large "KONINKLIJKE LUCHTMACHT" and smaller "ROYAL NETHERLANDS AIR FORCE" titles behind door. Small squadron symbol behind entry door with Dutch flag. White tail with number V-11 and V-11 on upper wing.
In 1/72 a very good Welsh vacuform model with white metal parts is available and civil Saudia decals. It is better than the Broplan kit. A resin RVPH kit was announced but I have not seen it (yet).
This model is made with the Welsh 1/72 kit, it is a vacuform kit.
Wing and tailplanes
The model was primed in light grey to check for any flaws. These were corrected with putty and sanding.
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