Picked up this kit more for its box art (have framed it too...) than for the
model and its very unique livery of the actual aircraft that flew with the 32nd
Sqn. of the Indian Air Force. This particular aircraft belonged to the "Thunderbirds"
sqn. based in Jodhpur AFS. This unique scheme was painted for the Commanding Officer of the
The kit was pretty basic in detail though it really stands out if enough PE
parts are added to enhance the details. Also, the kit does not provide the wheel/landing gear detail of the
"BMK" version that served with the Indian air Force.
The model also received a sludge wash with a lighter shade to bring out the subtle rivet and panel line details. The decals were very brittle and posed the greatest test in patience to get it right...….actually robbed the joy of putting this kit together!!! Had to hand paint various bits of the shark mouth as the decals just did not want to settle down. The final result actually surprised me and does not show the effort that went into it to get it right!
Photos and text © by Leonard Prakasam