Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jet Provost T5 1/72 from SkyMax models

The Jet Provost was the most numerous British jet-powered advanced trainer used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1955 to 1993. A basic design of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) can be traced to the piston-engined Percival Provost trainer in 1950. Hunting Aviation took the wings and tail, and created a jet version with the Bristol Siddeley (later Rolls-Royce) Viper engine in 1954.

With a top speed of 440 mph, excellent maneuverability, mechanical reliability and low operating costs, the Jet Provost was utilized as an aerobatic aircraft, air warfare and tactical weapons training as well as advanced training.

A very nice page about the Mk 5 variant can be seen at the Jet Provost Heaven site.

The model: This new tool from SkyMax models is definetely a winner. Considering that this aircraft has been used for decades by the RAF; I'm surprised that Corgi never came out with this model. Glossy finish is superb, parts fit properly when assembled and so far, the details are close to the real thing. Will update this post as more info is available.

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