Monogram's 1/48 scale
by Frank Cuden
North American T-28 Trojan
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Here is my Monogram 1/48th scale T-28 Trojan.
This kit sat in my collection of un-builts for quite some time. When I discovered the Black Box resin interior set, the Quickboost replacement engine and cowling, along with Mike West's Lone Star kit enhancement resin set, I knew it was time to finally build it, and the subsequent full-build article will appear in AeroSpace Modeler Magazine in the coming months.
Black Box provides an excellent, detailed interior which, with a little paint and glue, transforms a lot of resin pieces into a very nicely detailed T-28 cockpit as can be seen in the photo below.
Lone Star's resin add-on's include both the upper and single lower cowl vent doors, flaps with detailed interior structure and new side exhaust pipe panels, main landing gear and nose wheel wells and a set of detailed wheels.
As is the case with some Monogram kits, a plethora of rivets had to be removed and some re-scribing was needed throughout.
The landing gear in the kit was made to retract so some work was needed to remove the retraction mechanisms. Gear doors benefited from thinning and clean-up.
My kit had gun pods in it and simply drilling out two holes made it easy to add Karaya .50 calibre gun barrels.
Aeromaster's aftermarket T-28 sheet included the Drone Controller markings, which is the scheme I chose, due to it's unique coloration.
I vacu-formed the canopies and added the green sun shade using Tamiya Clear Green. Microscale rivet decals from of one of their 1/72 A-7D Corsair sheets adorn the flap travel areas.
Putting all that together gave me a passable model of the famous T-28.
It seems strange that kit manufacturers have ignored a state-of-the-art kit of this famous U.S. training aircraft while other Nations, recognizing it's versatility as well, have also been flying them for years and years.
Although involved, this was a fun build.
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2008 by Frank Cuden
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