1/72 scale model of Heller
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Another Heller Fennec model was made as described on page 1......
I wanted a HAITI air force aircraft and those used were probably actual ex- French Fennecs that were delivered. A few photos can be found on the internet confirmed that the aircraft had the air cooling intake, the hardpoints and the bigger canopy hoods which are a feature of the Fennec.
It was decided not to install any hardpoints/ pylons, so from wing kit part #8 I removed the "lower wing stabs". A razor saw was used. Gaps were closed with plastic card and filled with putty.
The kit part #6 for the cowl seems
correct for this version, the Fennec.
The rest of the model was assembled straight out of the box, but I added considerable amount of weight inside the nose to prevent "tail sitting". I tried to retain the kit's raised rivets which look great for such an old aircraft type.
The model first got a primer coat
of light grey, often I use a simple Revell Aqua 75 "steingrau" thinned
with a mix of the Revell acyllic thinner.
The Haiti air force Fennec aircraft
had a grey scheme with red markings. I airbrushed Fed.Std 36375 for the
grey, with Gunze Sangyo 308. Than the red areas were applied after masking.
The kit's canopy is correct as for the
Fennec (and looks like the early style "high" canopy hoods and has also the "crash bar").
|The result is a nice little model
of a rare Air Force in the Caribbean.
The Corps d'Aviation d'Haiti was formed in the second World war and its main base was at Bowen Field, Port-au-Prince, a former U.S. Marine Corps airfield. The country was fater that supported by France and the United States also because of neighbouring "socialist" Cuba. After the war they also got some F-51D (that explains how it roundels look like "stars-and-bars").
In 1973 the
Forces Armées d'Haïti received 12 second hand Fennec
aircraft from France. (these were thus the French version of the T-28 modified as Fennec).
Many conflicts were in the country for decades and still until today unfortunately
this country is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
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