Sepecat Jaguar models in 1/72 scale
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Several Jaguars were made, here the AIirfix models are presented.
(NOTE: the later released Airfix Jaguar GR.3 kit is the same basic kit but with addional stores like PaveSpike, ALQ-101 pod and crude overwing pylons for rather basic Sidewinders).
Model preparation included first to drill open the exhaust pipes kit parts, also a hole was made in each fuselage half. Deepen the exhaust with a piece of bomb from the spares box and paint black inside. This will give a far greater look.
Next, open up any bays and gear wells as desired, prior to assembly with an X-acto knife.
OK, let us start....
The nose gear bay was opened up with
an X-acto knife and a bay "roof" added from card. The overall fuselage
and wing assembly required quite some filler and there is almost no panel
detail. The panellines that are there are raised and inaccurate, sanding
these away is thus no problem.
On one kit, the kit flaps and slats
were cut-out and drooped. On most parked Jaguars this is seen, particularly
drooped leading edge slats. This cutting was al done with a razor saw and
a lot of work as the lower tariling edge flap is integrally molded in the
parts. Needed flap parts were made from plastic card. This requires carefull
study of the real Jaguar as the flaps and slats are complicated.
The shape of the aft main gear bay
is not entirely accurate, a small piece of card in the shape of a triangle
was set in place in the main bay contour. Nice though are the opened air
brakes and recesses.
The overall model got a coat of grey
to check for any modelling errors such as tiny gaps and irregular surfaces.
Filling and sanding was done where required.
The model got a special grey paint
scheme as picked in the decalset XTRADECAL X049-72 "Fairford 1997".
Two underwing fuel tanks were sourced
from the 2 kits, (each Airfix kit has unfortunately only 1 fuel tank).
(2) JAGUAR GR.1A RAF Pink Scheme "Gulf War"
Another Airfix model (see above) , but this kit was not modified with drooped flaps and extended slats. This is also often seen on a real aircraft. Otherwise, the model got a similar treatment as the model shown above.
On this model some air intake doors were opened up on the intake sides. This is sometimes seen on Jaguars. The holes were opened up and the doors were made from plastic card. The wing was not further detailed with separated flying surfaces.
The finish and paint scheme for this model was choosen for a "Pink / Desert" scheme Jaguar of the Royal Air Force. Decals came from MODELDECAL set 109. It has decals for a RAF GR.1A of the "Desert Cats". They were based at Muharraq/Bahrain end 1990 during the Gulf War. This Jaguar has the normal tail end cone. Some Jaguars got retrofitted with a short droge chute fairing.
The GR1 laser nose was opened up with an X-acto knife and Micro Kristal Kleer used to suggest a laser window.
- Overall Pink , approx FS30372: XTRACOLOR
X32 or Humbrol 250 can be used. I picked GUNZE SANGYO 313 acrylic
with a drop of red acrylic. Please note that considerable variations in
the "pink" were seen between aircraft, FS30279 was quoted as well as a
match by Trimite. Again, there were variations and on this small 1/72 model
I added a lot of acrylic white as well to get a lighter scale effect.
A "fake canopy" painted black is situated
at the nose gear bay.
The fit on the windscreen is not very
good, the gaps were "closed" using white glue. When dry, the frame and
gaps were hand painted. Also, the canopy would be set open. A small piece
of metal wire will help here to get a stronger joint.
Special attention was given on the stores set on this kit. It would be fitted with the peculiar upper wing missile pylons, which are not seen on many aircraft. Also, some metal casted parts were used from C-Scale metal set AC12. This set is very rare now and had parts for 2 x fuel tanks, a big recconnaisance pod, the Phimat pod with adapter and also ALQ-101 ECM pod, AN/ALE-40chaff/flare dispensers and bombs like two CBLS and two "noses" for LGB's . The metal aerials are better made from thin card.
Aft of the main gear, extra Tracor
AN/ALE-40 flare dispensers were added just in front of the ventral fins.
Sidewinder AIM-9L missiles were retrieved
from the spares box to be fixed on upper wing pylons. I can not recall
were those came from.... A very special configuration. Bombs were also
set on lower wing pylons.
The model was completed by adding a metal needle as pitot tube, two tiny air data probes at the upper nose and the various antenna's. Many Desert War Jaguars got a new single V/UHF antenna aft of the canopy on the spine. Check photo's for the Jaguar model desired, variations are seen. Some antenna's are black, others yellow.
Wingtip lights and other anti-collision lights were painted and got a transparant drop of Micro Kristal Kleer. The RWR fairing on the vertical tail got medium brown ends.
After decalling, a semi-matt varnish
coat was applied using Johnson
Future/Kleer with some 5% Tamiya X21 matting agent added.
(3) JAGUAR GR.1 RAF "wrap around camo"
This Airfix model was made more than 20 years ago. At the time, the kit was made to have an opened-up gun bay for maintenance. The main gear doors were also opened-up and boxed in with plastic card.
These interiors got details from scrap and were painted "chromate green". The intakes got a "cover" with "remove before flight" vanes. The laser nose was opened up and Micro Kristal Kleer used to suggest a laser window.
MODELDECAL SET 46
on this model at the time, with a camouflaged Jaguar GR1 of RAF 226
OCU at Lossiemouth, Scotland. Note the overall "wrap around scheme"
, and the traditional RAF camouflage colours are:
The Modeldecal set also has various stencils including the NO STEP markings. I added red warning "remove before flight" ribbons.
Before applying Modeldecals, ensure
the paint has a very gloss finish applied with (Future) varnish, otherwise
"silvering" will occur as these decals have a terrible glue layer. (see
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