There's a very interesting pattern beginning to repeat itself and it goes something like this: I start work on a complicated kit, I get bogged down, I pick up a new Airfix kit and start assembling it for some enjoyment, I find that I am really enjoying building the Airfix kit, I complete it and immediately go out to buy another example of the same kit so that I can build it again.
This has happened on the Swift, Valiant, Vampire T.11, Gnat, P-40 (still under construction), Spitfire XII (ditto), RAF bomber re-supply set, Bedford MWD, Mitsubishi Zero, Spitfire IX, Defiants both great and small, Bristol Bulldog, Me 110E, Seafire 47, Seafire XVII and now the Jet Provost T3.
This lovely little kit was built for relaxation and certainly provided lots of it. I really enjoyed the fit, the attention to detail and the quality of the product. I decided to finish it early aluminium and trainer yellow markings to match my other RAF trainers and I know this isn't strictly accurate but it looks very nice and reminds me of the original edition bagged kit. It does need a lot of nose weight though, and mine is a tail sitter despite the lead squeezed into it!
The cockpit can be painted after assembly (although my instrument panel decal is a bit wonky) and the seats added in last. The kit provides a choice of opening canopies, although my masking was not up standard and the ferocious Alclad black primer got onto the transparent sections and proved impossible to eradicate. You can't see the damage if you stand a long way back.
The kit decals are superb and provide a happy summer afternoon's entertainment - I immediately went and bought another kit to use all the lovely day glo decals. Highly recommended!
Here are all my other RAF training aircraft in the same scheme:
These are the Airfix ones;
and a Matchbox Piston Provost:
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