1/72 scale kit of the Percival Provost by Matchbox
review / modelling report
The Hunting Percival
P.56 Provost was a British basic trainer developed for the Royal Air Force
in the 1950s. The design had a side by side seating in the cockpit, a low-wing
monoplane and fitted with a fixed, tailwheel undercarriage. First flight
was in February 1950.
Matchbox Lesney of the UK issued this 1/72 scale kit no. PK-30 way back in 1976. It is for a Provost T / mk.1. (AMT also released this kit in 1979).
Decals are for...
Assembly is rather straight forward of this kit.
A little more detail can be added
in the cockpit. Seats can be separated and than a bit detailed. They can
provided with belts. I also added an instrument panel with decals for dials
and knobs from the spare decal box.
The radial piston engine is a bit basic but acceptable as it resided back in the cowling.
The model was finished in a scheme
as per kit for the RAF Central Flying School at Little Rissington. First
a base grey coat was airbrush, this is really necessary to cover the bright
coloured plastic. I used Revell Aqua Steingrau for the base coat.
The model was not weathered, training Provosts were kept in well condition. A final airbrushed coat of Johnson Future / Pledge protected the decals and gave a nice gloss scheen.
The canopy edges and gaps were closed with white glue. When dry, the canopy frames were hand painted with a fine brush. Any glitches can be removed after drying with a wooden tooth pick.
The propeller was installed with a
drop of white glue to fix it, a tiny wire antenna made from fishing line
added on the spine and that completed the model.
Books and magazines:
- Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine, issue February 1988
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