1/72 SAAF Harvard / T-6 Texan
The South African Air Force operated over 1250 Harvard's from 1942 to 1995.
SAAF received their first Harvard's in October 1942. By July 1944, 633 Harvard Mk IIA's and III's had been shipped to South Africa with another 555 (379 MkIIA's and 176 Mk III's) to arrive by October 1945..
As the Harvards had been supplied on lend-lease by the US, 300 were shipped back to the UK from 1946, with the remainder being purchased by South Africa, 65 AT-6Ds (7634 to 7698) and 30 T-6Gs (7699 to 7728) were purchased from the USA during 1952-1956.
The Harvard remained in service until 1995 as a basic trainer.
Attached is a 1/72 build depicting the later colour scheme of orange day glow, grey and natural mental with the Castle/Springbok roundels. The orange used on this model is actual "Day Glow" which was used on SAAF Harvards, my grandfather brought a pot from Langebaan AFB.
Last pic is myself sitting in one after a flight, many moons ago. I plan to build #7024 in 1/48 scale as the custom decals have just arrived.
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.