KittyHawk 1/32 T-6 Texan (Harvard)
Here are some pics of my latest project. I,m pleased with the final result, but it was no mean feat getting there.
First of all, big respect to KittyHawk for actually producing this aircraft for us. When it first appeared I bought one straight away, and on opening the box, it is crammed with beautifully moulded parts, there are a lot of decal options, and it is about as comprehensive as anyone could want.
As you can see from the build pics, the interior builds up nicely, with loads of detail. I added an Eduard Zoom self adhesive cockpit set, which really made the detail stand out, and a pair of Barracuda resin P-51 Mustang seats, as i read that quite a lot of post war Harvards used these (also my pet hate is assembling fabric harnesses!!). I also used a SAC metal undercarriage, because as with all my models it will travel to shows, and metal legs are so much more robust.
The engine is a work of art, even down to the bits which it is not possible to see, the pics attached show the completed unit before installation.
Despite what has been written by the press about this kit being wonderful, it wasn,t the dream build I was expecting. It is a challenge, and for the money it cost, it isn,t what one might expect from a WnW, Hasegawa or Tamiya build. It has issues around unnecessary over engineering in some areas, whilst some seemingly simple schoolboy errors in others which would have added much more value to the kit, which is a real shame. If anyone is planning one of these, drop me a line and I,ll outline the challenge areas in more detail.
Challenges aside, it is an imposing model, of a large aircraft, and looks very impressive alongside my other warbirds in this scale.
Happy modelling everyone!
15 additional images. Click to enlarge.