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  • Hasegawa T-33...your basic T-Bird
    • Bill Retoff (Login Retoff)
      HyperScale Forums
      Posted Jun 5, 2012 4:37 AM

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      Here's my 1:72 Hasegawa T-33. The mold is from the 1970s. I built it out of the box, so there's not a lot of details present. The cockpit is rudimentary, with no walls and no control columns. The seats are one-piece; and you can see past the front cockpit floor thru the front landing gear bay. Most external detail is raised.

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      ...But I wanted to build something relatively simple, to take contest, for a change, rather than just showing up empty-handed.

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      The model went together rather fast. The only real problem is that the starboard wing tip tank hangs kind of off-kilter.

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      I was thinking of doing a natural metal T-Bird; but my "hearty" sanding left an un-polishable surface. So I opted for an ADC gray machine. In this case, my ADC paint consisted of a bottle of Testors MM RLM 76 enamel, lightened with 200 drops of flat white.

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      The squadron markings came from an old MicroScale F-106 sheet, which has decals for 3 Delta Darts, plus a single T-33 from the 87th FIS. I believe these particular tip tank markings were used during William Tell '72 by the squadron [Red Bulls, whose main aircraft, at that time, was the '106].

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      So there it is. I guess recent T-33 releases have eclipsed the old Hasegawa offering in terms of finesse and maybe even availability. But if you have one in your stash, or see one at the vending tables, next contest, give it a try...you might indeed enjoy the results.

      --Bill Retoff
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