Saturday, March 7, 2015

Military Aircraft vol.70: Fokker S11 Instructor Brazilian Air Force T-21

Fokker S11 Instructor
Injection molded kit. Waterslide decals
The Fokker S11 Instructor was used by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as the T-21 basic trainer from 1958 to 1973. They were bought by the Air Force from Fokker in Holand as a part of a negotiation that included the construction of the airframes in Brazil. Several political and economical issues led to the 100 aircraft constructed being finished by the air force after Fokker abandoned the project. The airplane was underpowered and a second version, with trycicle landing gear, suffered from problems with the center of gravity. Several were later delivered to civilian flight schools after the airplane was retired from military service.
SMER's  kit is injection molded with decals for a Israeli version. Fit is ok, but, other then that, the kit has little detail. I rescribed the panel lines, scratch built some details for the cockpit and painted it as a T-21 basic trainer from the Brazilian Air Force. Decals came from several sets as there are no single one produced for this kit as far as i know.

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