EMB 121 Xingu II – Duarte Models 1/72 scale
The Embraer EMB 121 Xingu is a twin-turboprop built by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. The design is based on the EMB 110 Bandeirante, using its wing and engines design with an all-new fuselage, first flown in 1976. A modified version, the EMB 121A1 Xingu II, was introduced in 1981 with a more powerful engine (PT6A-135), increased seating and a larger fuel capacity. The FAB – Força Aérea Brasileira operated 7 units designated VU-9, incorporated on the 6º Esquadrão de Transporte Aéreo (6º ETA) located in Brasília – DF, in VIP (government authorities) transportation activities, from 1978 to 2010.
This is a resin model kit made in Brazil by Duarte Models. As the most resin kits it is not for beginners due to the necessary experience in this kind or “challenge”. The kit is complete with a lot of interesting details, including vacuum-forming clear parts, metal landing gear struts, and decals.
Main parts glued with epoxy glue.
Some joints reinforced with metal pins.
Squadron Green Putty and Tamiya White Putty used.
Primer, main painting and clear coat used polyester inks from Drycolor brand.
After finishing I had to reduce the length of the main landing gear struts, in order to lower the rear fuselage, otherwise the passengers couldn’t get the first step of the stair. (LOL)
It was not an easy job, but was totally worthy due the beauty of the finished model. Finally one model more in my Força Aérea Brasileira collection.
Research source and credits:
Aeronaves Militares Brasileiras; Flores, Jackson Jr. – Action Editora.
History of the Brazilian Air Force – Rudnei Dias da Cunha
And such an important help from my friends, Fábio Duarte and José Augusto, with amazing walkaround pictures.
8 additional images. Click to enlarge.