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Frank Cronin
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KittyHawk 1/32 T-6

March 14, 2018 · in Aviation · · 12 Comments

This was built for a customer and it reflects a scheme from 1940. The actual airplane is a restored and is done up in this fashion. The restored a/c and the photos of the original show that it had a 94th Pursuit Squadron emblem on the fuselage where a star would normally be. I had no decals or available insignia for that so the customer said to not bother with it. Also the restored a/c had no mast forward of the windscreen and that is the way he wanted it.

The kit went together rather well and It was a fun build. I can't think of any real problems with it. One has to love the T-6/SNJ and in scale it makes into a very nice model. He now wants me to build two more for him in Navy and USMC schemes which I look forward to doing.

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12 responses

  1. Looks pretty nice, Frank - despite the negativity associated with this particular KH kit.

  2. Frank, its actually got a very classic look for not having a lot of markings on it, and I don't mean its like the girl in school that has a nice personality. This actually looks very nice. Well done !

  3. Man this looks good, I like it very much, great paint job as well. Very nice indeed Frank.

  4. Beauty, Frank! Great silver finish.

  5. great looking model, Frank!

  6. Nicely done Frank.

  7. Great build, nice looking model. I built the same model and tried many new techniques when building. It was actually the scheme of a real restored SNJ that I had flown for a few hours. I went super nuts in adding details to it. Got carried away. I like the way yours came out better.
    Here is a few pics of mine in USMC restored scheme. The plane is based out of FL, USA.

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  8. Very clean build - nice!

  9. Really nice result, particularly given the difficulties this kit presents.

  10. Thank you all for the very kind comments

  11. The venerable T-6 - fought in every cinematic theater of war on all sides. Look! It's a Focke Wulf! No! Its a Zero! Wait, I think it's a P-47 or maybe a Macchi. Sometimes it was hard to tell, at least until it banked away from the camera. Roll out the T-6 and paint crosses on it this time.

    The T-6 is a delight to fly, with plenty of power for acrobatics, but like all big-engine war birds, it is expensive to fly and maintain. The view under the hood of this fine example brings back memories of hot Texas days on the ramp. Are those blue anodized AN fittings in the wheel wells? My other favorite was the smaller, more affordable, T-34 that performed maneuvers as well as the T-6.

    On the aluminum paint side, I just tried a rattle can of chromium silver with good results. I think I will try it on my salvaged T-6 that will be featured beside the hanger.

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