North American / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye in 1/32 scale
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Review / Modelling report
T-2 Buckeye in 1/32 scale kit review & modelling report of the Special Hobby kit by Meindert de Vreeze
T-2C Buckeye jet trainer aircraft was produced for the US Navy by North American Aviation [purchased by Rockwell, which was purchased by Boeing] at Columbus Ohio USA. It entered initial service in 1959. The two-seat trainer was powered by one Westinghouse J34-WE-46/48 turbojet. The aircraft was subsequently redesigned, and the single engine was replaced with two Pratt & Whitney J60-P-6 turbojets in the T-2B. 

The T-2C was fitted with two much more powerful 2,950 lbf (13,100 N) thrust General Electric J85-GE-4 turbojets.  They were used for a wide variety of pilot training, from the student's first jet flight to fully qualified flight. The aircraft was used for teaching a wide range of skills, including high-altitude, high-speed formation and aerobatic flights; basic and radio instruments; night and day navigation; and gunnery, bombing, and carrier operations. It provided training for more than 11,000 students to pilot 18 different models of Navy jet aircraft. The US NAVY used the T-2 until 2004, it being replaced by the T-45 Goshawk

The T-2D was an export version which was sold to the Venezuelan air force (T-2D), while the T-2E was sold to the Greek Air Force. These had slightly different equipment. The T-2D had also 6 pylons for attack weapons but no arrestor gear. The Greek machines are equipped with also a gun sight and often camouflage of two greens and earth brown on upper surfaces and light grey on lower ones. 

Span: 11.6 m
Length: 11.8 m
Height: 4.5 meters

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The Special Hobby kit was released beginning 2014 in two boxes:
- Red and White US Navy trainer , kit no SH32037
- Camouflage trainer, kit no SH32059 (Greek)

I had the "Navy trainer" kit. It is a short run kit, but the quality comes near a normal injection kit. The only difference are the large number of sprue gates. There are some 7 plastic sprues and resin in the box, total about 200 parts. The parts as the clear canopy and windscreen are in separate bags. 
The A5 size instructions are in colour and clear. 

The decals look fine to 3 US Buckeyes in a white-dayglow red schemes:
(1) VT-23 Town of Waterman with shark mouth, US Navy
(2) VT-26 , 1975, US Navy
(3) CTW-6 US Marines
(the blue in the US stars-and-bars is too bright and should be darker blue, so replace). The decals are VERY thin so take care when applying them. 

Full intake ducts and exhaust pipes are provided. Inside the gear bays, the sidewalls have details and some mechanisms for the doors. Two ejection seats in resin are inside as well and look fine. Considering the IPMS NL Walkaround (see below), the kit looks nicely detailed. Flaps are separate as well as elevnators, rudders and ailerons. No armament is in this kit, being a trainer. Two wing tip tanks are to be fitted. 

The parts in light grey plastic

Below are the resin parts with 2 seats and some small detail parts. 

Panel lines of the kit are engraved with also nice rivet detail. The removal of parts from this sprues and cleaning up their sprue gates/attachment points takes time on each part. 

The cockpit is nicely done with instrument and side panels with raised details. For the instrument panels, decals are also provided. Some added detail is welcome in the cockpit as it is very well visible: some tubing added on the bare sidewalls, some electrical wiring on the rear instrument clockwork and some tiny bits and pieces on the coaming between front and rear cockpit and some added details on the canopy framing etc. This can als be done with bits from the spares box, some rod and stretched sprue.

This kit will be made as a T-2D of the FUERZA AEREA VENEZOLANA as when it was first used with the FAV roundels and flag. Ordered in February 1972, 12 T-2C's were designated as T-2D and delivered mid 1973. It had slightly different systems, an attack capability with 6 pylons and no arrestor hook (this I discovered later on). 

(STEP refers here to the kit instructions sequence). 

First the moulding stubs and some flash was removed from the kit parts. 

STEPs 1-6 and STEP 8
The kit cockpit tub is not bad at all with raised instrument details and side consoles. The rudder pedals are there as well as throttles etc. Decals will be used for the instrument faces. 

From the central console coaming support part #H36, some material was removed to add depth. Many instrument cabling was added from card and stretched sprue to the rear of part #H19. 

With white glue, dots were added to suggest some rivet detail on bulkheads etc.

The tub will get a medium grey base coat using Mr.Hobby Gunze Sangyo acrylic H335 (so not light grey as suggested in the kit instructions, this is too light). The resin seats are not installed at this stage. 
Inside the fuselage, some more detail was added as well.

The wing assembly is very straight forward, but I had some trouble to fit the spar parts #E1 and #E10 with s seam. The gear bays are to get a white interior. The wing tanks will be fitted later on after painting. 

STEPs 9 - 10 and STEPs 25-26
The long intake trunking is there, but with seams that need filler and sanding inside. I had some trouble to fit the engine fan bulkhead #G32 as the intake have a too small diameter. I simply removed 4 mm from their rear. 

Considerable filler was needed on the intakes and sanding.

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