1/72 CAF CT-133 Silver Star - 'Mako Shark' – Hasegawa Kit A18
Here's another older kit, Hasegawa's Kit A18 T-33A 'Shooting Star' released in 1982 with original molding from 1969.
Dressed as CAF CT-133 Silver Star 'Mako Shark' scheme, the original 'Mako 1' Shark Mouth scheme was applied to CAF Aircraft #133504 in June 1992 to acknowledge the disbandment of CAF Utility Squadron VU-32.
The most recent 'Mako Shark' is aircraft #133577, flown by Waterloo Warbirds in Ontario, Canada - you can actually book a flight if you can scarp up the coin.
Decals used were the excellent Decal Set #72.5 'Silver Shark' Special from Leading Edge Decals, which were a pleasure to work with. Nicely opaque with excellent adhesion, they came with great placement instructions.
A great write-up on the history of the T-33 by Bill Upton can be found on the following link:
Great info regarding the original 'TP-80C' along with the differences between the American and Canadian aircraft.
The major difference was that the Canadian birds being produced in Canadian with license built Rolls Royce Nene engines.
The original Shark #133504 had a more Bluish Grey colour, Leading Edge decal set provided a colour sample to allow a correct colour match which I was able to achieve by mixing Tamiya X-14/XF-12/XF-53 together.
However, I decided to go with a colour closer to the brighter, newer Warbirds Mako #133577 which I thought matched X-14 alone. So, i guess it's a bit of a hybrid finish.
I was thinking of placing the model on a display base so I added the pilots. I ran out of colour ink on my inkjet so I'll update the base label once I get new ink.
Thanks for viewing.
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