Czech Models 1/48 T-34C Turbo Mentor
Thought I would post something a little different that you dont see posted very often. It is the limited-run Czech Models 1/48 T-34 Primary Navy Trainer. The Turbo-Prop version of the venerable Beechcraft T-34A and B models. The T-34C was used for many years, up until recently, when it was replaced by the T-6 Texan II as a primary training aircraft. If you were a Naval Aviator Candidate in the late 70’s, as well as the 80’s through early millennium you most definitely learned to fly navy style in this rugged, agile, bird. This was the 1st Naval aircraft you were allowed to touch. I actually logged many hours in this plane prior to being “medically discharged” from the Naval Aviator flight training program. So it holds a special place in my heart as the last and only Naval aircraft I was lucky enough to fly and solo in.
Unfortunately the model companies ignored this aircraft until the limited run company Czech Models produced it in 1/48 consisting of plastic and lots of resin details. The older T-34A was modeled in 1/72 a few times by Minicraft but never the Turbo Mentor.
Being a limited-run production it was not the most easiest kit to assemble and finish. Plastic parts had rough surface details and mediocre fit. The resin details were nice but require some work to incorporate. You also need to fabricate a few parts and details. Unfortunately it is not my best work and does not really hold up to my more recent builds. At the time I just sort of rushed it due to some level of frustration and lack of experience with this sort of kit. Also, at the time I did not take a lot of pictures of my models so these few shots are all I have; sorry for the poor quality. I would really love to see a 1/32 of this model and another opportunity to get it right!
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.