Swiss Harvard and Venom
Decals for 1/48 & 1/72 Kits
S u m m a r y
Number and Description
MC48004 and MC48005 - Swiss Harvard and Venom
solid decal sheet – Alps printed
Approximately CHF 16.- / 11 Euros available
from MC-ONE http://www.mc-one.ch/
(may be ordered by e-mail)
available in either 1/48 and 1/72 scales
Beautifully printed decal sheets with very clear and precise
require skill in working with Alps decals.
Reviewed by Sinuhe Hahn
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I have just received two new
decals sheets from Robert Schneider (MC-ONE :
www.mc-one.ch ) from the “Matterhorn Circle”(
www.matterhorncircle.ch.vu ) which I think will go down well with
fellow Hyperscalers. The first of these deals with the AT-16 Harvard,
the second with the DH112 Venom in Swiss Air Force service.
Following cessation of
hostilities it became clear to the Swiss that they would require a
series of new aircraft. On the one hand the jet age had dawned spelling
the end of propeller driver aircraft, on the other hand there was an
urgent need for new training aircraft.
In the latter case the choice
fell on the AT-16 Harvard IIB, the Canadian derivative of the T-6 Texan,
a family of aircraft which had served the allies well in the training of
numerous pilots in Europe, North America, South Africa and elsewhere. In
this instance 48 surplus aircraft were obtained from Canada in 1948.
Following an extensive overhaul of the airframes by Fokker and Aviolanda
these aircraft were accepted into service in 1949 where they laboured on
for a further 20 years until fatigue and lack of spares forced their
withdrawal and replacement by the indigenous Pilatus P-3. Of these
aircraft U-328 is exhibited at the Air Force Museum in Dübendorf, close
Swiss Harvard’s were initially
left in a natural metal finish with standard roundel placements – not
very inspiring for modellers who prefer more colourful schemes.
Thankfully Robi comes to the rescue and provides details of two aircraft
which were painted in a temporary orange scheme when they served as
“Aggressors” in the “Gotthard” military exercise on 1966.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Modellers should be aware that
are quite a few differences between the Canadian Harvard and the
standard North American T-6 Texan. These include the exhaust system of
the Harvard and the rear canopy. These are clearly documented in the
accompanying instruction sheet, complete with scale drawing illustrating
the exhaust modification. Robi has also gone to great lengths to
provide a very precise extensive set of stencils, including all those in
German and French, a feature so prominent on Swiss aircraft.
As indicated the second sheet
covers the use of the de Havilland DH112 Venom is Swiss service. The
first jet, other than Mutge’s famous Me 262 which is now housed in the
Deutsche Museum in Munich, which flew over Swiss airspace was the DH 100
Mk1 Vampire, of which the Swiss Military ordered 3 in 1946. The first
of these, J-1001, only had a service life of 7 days before it was
written off in an accident. Not to be discouraged by this minor setback,
the Swiss ordered another 75 Vampire Mk6 in 1948, with another 100 being
built under license in Switzerland.
Due to the rapid pace of
development in those early days of jet aviation the Swiss soon found
that they needed to order an additional upgraded jet and here the choice
fell on the DH 112 Venom Mk1 and a license to built 150 aircraft as well
as the Ghost 48 jet engine, a very novel condition in those days. A
further 150 of the much improved Venom Mk4 followed. The use of the
Venom was unique as it served both as a fighter/bomber but also as a
recce aircraft using a specially equipped pod. The Venoms were initially
painted in high speed silver finish prior to their final blue-grey,
blue-green camouflage scheme with ivory undersides. The paints sued in
this scheme faded very quickly and most Venom’s had a rather mottled or
blotchy appearance, as is very clear from the enclosed photos. The
aircraft were further modified by a modified nose to accommodate an IFF
transponder and other avionic gadgets. This nose modification was then
retrofitted to the ageing Vampire fleet as well. With typical Swiss
fastidiousness and prudence the Venoms and Vampires carried on the
stalwart service until they were finally withdrawn in the late 1980’s.
Indeed the author of this review can still remember being startled by
these aircraft as they whistled close-by while he was hiking in the
Once again the decals are
incredibly well printed with amazing detail being paid to the myriad of
stencils. A number of colour schemes and markings are offered, including
a selection of special badges.
With the advent of the Classic
Airframes' Venom kits, Swiss modellers have been crying out for an
accurate set of decals. Robert Schneider has now addressed this plea
more than adequately. Not only are these decals superb but he has
created a superb resource for all Venom affectionados on his website
www.mc-one.ch. It is really worth a visit.
The orange Harvard may just
tempt me to dig out one of my old Monogram kits from my stash.
A full price list of this and
their other products is available on MC-ONE’s website
http://www.mc-one.ch . Orders may be
placed via email.
Review Text Copyright © 2007 by Sinuhe Hahn
Page Created 18 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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