1/48 Two-Bobs T-2C: The NATC Jet Pipeline Basic Trainer
I am a huge fan of Naval Aviation training aircraft such as the T-28, T-34C, TA-4J, T-45, etc. IMHO these aircraft were largely ignored by the model companies for many, many years with some OK releases throughout the years but nothing that ever impressed me. If there was one manufactured it was either very old, and toy-like, or not my usual scale of 1/48. I recall many, many moons ago building an old molding matchbox 1/72 T-2C. It was probably my 1st attempt with adding to a model with scratch-built parts needed so badly with this kit. It came out looking like a 1st attempt…LoL.
Recently several model companies have entered a variety of Navy trainers into the market in various scales from 1/72 to 1/32. The Rockwell T-2C Buckeye was among the newly released models. The 2-Bobs version was one of the 1st highly detailed kits of the famous, and hard-working T-2C Buckeye Basic Jet Trainer in 1/48. It was not perfect, being produced by a small, limited-run model company, but it was a modern attempt, with many resin add-ons and details included, as well as, more optional components available from Two-Bobs. It also included a DVD/CD reference data-base to help with your research of this aircraft.
If my memory holds correctly I believed Two-Bobs was a small after-market decal company with a few resin products being available for the modeling community. I think they contracted with one of the European limited-run companies to create the moldings, such as “Special Hobby”. The Two-Bobs T-2C was released in very limited numbers and was initially offered, and released to correspond with a major North American model show. Initially it was only available direct from Two-Bobs. I pre-ordered mine to ensure I got one and recall waiting forever for it’s release. I do believe this same model is now offered by “Special Hobby” in 1/48, as well as, a 1/32 up-scaled version.
The kit was very typical of a modern day limited-run kits composed of plastic, lots of resin, and a PE sheet. It did not have any major issues that overly complicated the build, but is definitely for someone with some more advanced modeling ability. I did not add, nor order, any extra components so I guess I could say it was OOB build. Although I did fabricate a few little extra details to enhance the cockpit/canopy areas such as the canopy “jack-screw” mechanism so prevalent in all Buckeye pictures showing the raised canopy. Once I received the model I did wait some years before building it, waiting for the right motivation to strike me.
Some of the pictures below include an aircraft carrier deck with deck vehicles/figures. This deck set came with a Kinetics T-45 Goshawk combo kit. I believe these extras where molded by Skunkwork models. Over the next month I hope to submit more articles featuring my Naval Aviation Training Command Fleet model aircraft collection to include the T-45, T-28, TA-4J, T-34C, and a WWII Navy N2S.
When finishing the T-2 I wanted to go for the highly worn, and hard worked look of a typical Navy jet trainer exposed to both hot, sub-tropical suns, and the salty air of carrier operations. Also consider who the pilots were….LOL.
Comments are welcomed and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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