Revell (Matchbox) 1/72 T-2E ”Buckeye”, Hellenic Air Force

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  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Hi everyone!
    This is my build of the Revell 1/72 T-2E “Buckeye”, that I intend to finish it as a Hellenic Air Force Bird.
    The T-2E “Buckeye” is a US built, twin-engine training aircraft. T-2 is the only training jet aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force and is used for the final stage of young pilots’ training. T-2s operate from Kalamata Air Force Base (120 Air Training Wing) and belong to 362 squadron “Nestor” and 363 squadron “Danaos”. The specific airplane has trained many generations of Greek pilots but despite its reliability it is expected to be replaced shortly by a new training jet. It wears a three-colour, brown, green and white camouflage.

    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 decal sheet is a gem: it is printed by Cartograf, so no extra info is necessary!

    Instructions are very nice and clear:

    I am going to build it wheels up and mount it on a custom base at a dynamic posture.
    It is going to be a present to a Major General who is an amazing guy and a very good friend of mine. He was stationed in Kalamata Air Base for a while, the Base HAF T-2s were operating from.
    I have no real deadline for it, but, finish it during the Christmas vacations will not be bad…..

    Construction

    Having a soft spot on older kits (Matchbox kits among them) and wanting to take a ultra mini breath between the looping touching up sessions of my EoJ GB Toryu, I attacked this little sweetie:
    I glued the fuselage halves together and the wing halves. I did not attach the wings to the fuselage, as they are inserted in a receptacle style opening, so the best would be to fill/sand everything before installation. I attached the stabilators at the fin.

    General fit was ok.
    More to come!

  • Allan J Withers said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Nice one Spiros, I’ve always liked the look of the Buckeye !!

  • Robert Royes said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Great to see you building it, I did the USN version a while ago.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks Allan @kalamazoo, indeed the Buckeye has great, distinctive looks!
    Thanks Robert @roofrat, your Buckeye looks fantastic!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Nice start, Spiros. @fiveten
    The Hellenic camouflage scheme looks fantastic.
    Count me in to this thread.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks John @Johnb!
    Of course, as always, you are most welcome to this thread!

  • Erik Gjørup said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Strapped in too my friend (@fiveten)!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Cool choice Spiros since I’ve had the pleasure of riding in these before. The Hellenic camo variant looks like a great scheme when finished.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks my friends Erik @airbum and Chuck @uscusn!

  • Andrew H said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Great idea for a special gift. Looking forward to see how this one turns out, off to a great start.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks Andrew @pb_legend!
    Yep, it’s a great motivation and a nice “mini-break” from the so called more demanding modeling projects!

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Initial sanding

    The NLG doors were totally irrelevant with the opening they were supposed to cover, so liquefied styrene was applied there, as well as on one nasty gap between the starboard MLG doors.
    As I told you above, I elected not to attach the wings, in order to work some major fillin/sanding issues more (muc much more!) easilly.
    This is such a lovely cutie of a kit!

  • Doug Humphrey said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Neat subject choice. Will be different to see one in the Hellenic Air Force markings.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks Doug @eydugstr!

  • Erik Gjørup said 2 months, 3 weeks ago:

    I see LqS my friend. . .

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