Alpine Canary…1/48 Saab 91D Safir, Austrian Airforce
Like the T-6, this was also built by my dad for our homeland collection some years ago.
The Tarangus kit is for a B, C and D model. But for a 100% correct D Model some minor changes have to be done, my dad did not all. The D model had a different engine therefore also a different open engine front. My dad did only the half-round cut-out of the upper cowl front edge. The D model also had open cooling ribs on the “chin”.
The antenna on the spine is 3D-printed by Shapeways, the position light on the rudder top is scratch like the pitot tube(s), the seatbelts were made with masking tape.
Sadly the Maestro Models decals don´t provide the “arrows” on the fuselage sides, so all orange trim was masked and painted.
Paints once again from Gunze and Tamiya, the yellow paint is selfmixed.
In 1964 our airforce bought 24 of these Swedish trainers which served in the “Fliegerschule”, the last ones until 1993. The survivors are now in museums and civil use.
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