Sepecat Jaguar models in 1/72 scale" using old HELLER kits from France
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As noted on page 5, Heller kits were also made. After the Jaguar IM India, the next model would be the....
A nice Jaguar
is the navalized version Jaguar "M". A single prototype was made and first
flew in November 1969. It had an extendable nose strut with double wheels
and two large single main gear wheels. The main gear legs were also stronger
and the door configuration differed. It also had a thicker stronger arrestor
hook and carrier launch catapult hooks fitted in front of the main gear
bays. A retractable in flight refuelling probe was also to be installed
and the vertical tail was smaller as on other jaguar prototypes. But the
later style airbrakes were there with four perforation rows.
The aircraft was testing aboard French aircraft carrier "Clemenceau" during mid 1970 and after that for a couple of years with a (test) camera fairing below the nose. The two DEFA canons were not fitted during testing but the gun port fairings are there. During testing, doors were often not fitted and also different testing pods and antennas were seen. Markings varied during that period. In the end, the "M.05" remained the only aircraft as France end 1975 selected a modernized Dassualt Super Etendard for their aircraft carriers and the naval Jaguar cancelled. (M.05 is preserved at the Musee de Tradition de l' Aeronautique at Rochefort).
I scaled the drawing up to 1/72 with a printer-scanner and here it compares with the basic Heller Jaguar kit fuselage. Not bad at all! The smaller vertical tail is obvious.
For my Heller kit it was decided to
make a "parked" Jaguar M with engines "off". So the airbrake wells were
opened up. Also, often the large main gear bay doors were seen open, so
these were also opened up. Use a TIGER
razorsaw to do some inscribing and removal work to open up.
The Jaguar "M" prototype had also
a different set of gear doors. These were made from scrap with plastic
card using the drawing and looking at photos. The bays were boxed in with
card. Some stretched sprue details were added to suggest hydraulics. Also,
the "M" had an asymmetric nose gear bay. This was opened up.
Now this Heller converted model got a first base coat of light grey as usually. This reveals any forgotten gaps and irregularities.
The opened up airbrakes were to be made from scrap (they are not in the Heller kit). These were made from thin aluminium plate for a BBQ dish using a Hasegawa kit airbrake part as pattern. The perforations in the air brakes are easily made with an X-acto knife. Cut out and bend on the knife.
I made a whole bunch of airbrakes
for a bunch of other Jaguar kits as well as for example the Hasegawa kits
that have none of these perforations opened up.
The "M" had a (test?) camera fairing
below the nose. This was made from a nose piece of a spare fuel tank.
After corrections, the "M" model got first a gloss white lower colour. Than masking was done and the French blue airbrushed for which I picked the Gunze Sangyo H25 acrylic "intermediate blue" after looking at photos. Do not forget to airbrush the smaller parts not yet set in place like the undercarriage doors.
The canopy was set open, so the single
kit piece canopy cut with again my favourite TIGER razor saw.
The Martin Baker mk.9 seat was made using the kit part and it got some straps and harnesses made from tape and blue decal strip.
As on most Jaguars, the final smaller antennas were set in place, made from thin card. The anti-collision lights on the wingtips were painted red and blue and a drop of Micro Kristal Kleer added when dried. And again, the larger red anti-collision lights on the spine and lower aft fuselage were made from clear red plastic found in the spares box. A red test fairing was set on the lower fuselage and the catapult "hooks".
As usual, the model got a final varnish clear coat using the usual technique with Johnson Future with the airbrush. This gives a nice gloss sheen as used on naval aircraft. That completed this single prototype that never was manufactured for operational use.
SEPECAT Jaguar M "Naval" prototype
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