This is my Revell/Matchbox 1/72 T-2E Buckeye, finished as a HAF bird.
Still the only training jet aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force , it’s high reliability and excellent, forgiving flight characteristics (it easily recovers from a spin), have made it a true asset for the HAF cadets late stages training.
However, with spare parts becoming scarce, it is more and more difficult to keep many of them operational, let alone the fact that their avionics suite is not up to modern standards.
This iconic trainer is soon to be replaced by the M-346, for which a delivery is underway.
HAF Buckeyes have worn the “Vietnam” camo throughout their operational life.
The Revell kit is a rebox of the original Matchbox kit. Sadly 🙂 , both sprues have the same white color (I loved the multicolor Matchbox kits sprues in the past!).
It is a simple typical Matchbox kit, meaning good overall shape, deep trenches for surface detailing, ultra sparse cockpit and acceptable landing gear.
The Cartograf decal sheet is a true gem, boosting the simplistic kit's posture. The kit was built wheels-up, as a stand model, for an Air Vice Marshall who served to the type and is a very good friend of mine.
Apart from the expected challenge of conforming those chequered type decals onto the tip tanks, the rest of the built was sweet'n'easy, as most Matchbox builds!
Surprisingly (for a Matchbox kit), no pilots were provided, so i payed my usual visit to my spares dungeon...
I mounted this bird on a leftover base that I painted silver using Plastikote.
As usual, I will not bother you more with details, but, should you wish, you may check the build thread here:
...and a full build review at my beloved site Modelingmadness:
Some in-progress pics are attached below.
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