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CMK Resin Detail Sets for Airfix Short Tucano T.1
1:72 Scale

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The Short Tucano is a well-known two-seat turboprop based on Embraer’s EMB-312 and built under license by Short Brothers in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  With the Royal Air Force, the Short Tucano T.1 serves as a transitional trainer, getting student pilots who have graduated from a basic trainer to the point where they will be ready for jets as the next step in their training syllabus.  Beginning in 1989, the Tucano T.1 replaced the venerable Jet Provost.  Some 130 airframes were procured for the RAF’s Central Flying School and the Empire Test Pilots School while another 29 were exported to Kuwait and Kenya configured to conduct training and light ground attack duties.  It is a very well-regarded aircraft, being pilot-friendly, and handling like a jet.  To your reviewer, it’s just about the best looking modern small turboprop aircraft around.

In 1:72 scale, there have not been too many kits of the Short Tucano T.1, but Airfix has the corner on that market with a series of injection-molded plastic kits issued in various boxes with a wide range of marking options since 1990.  These are overall good kits with decent fit and nicely recessed surface details, but there are some areas of minimal or deficient detail in the Airfix Tucano T.1 that can be improved upon.  CMK comes to the rescue with a series of four aftermarket resin sets that stand to seriously elevate detail and accuracy of any one of these kits.
  
#7356 – Control Surfaces.  This set provides resin replacement parts for both left and right horizontal stabilizers and separate flaps, ailerons, rudder, and elevators.  They do, of course. require use of a razor saw to remove the kit’s integrally molded rudder, flaps, and ailerons.  With the resin parts, the builder can position the control surfaces any way they wish.  

#7357 – Engine Set.  The engine set provides a bit of really great detail here: the engine bay right up to the firewall, the TPE331-12B powerplant itself, exhaust pipes, engine bay access cover, spinner, and propeller blades.  It’s a great way to add some really nice internal detail to your Tucano T.1.  In my sample, it looks like two tiny air bubbles formed and popped at the tips of two of the propeller blades when they were being cast. A little filler and two seconds of sanding should fix that problem. 

#7358 – Cockpit Set.  The cockpit of the Airfix Tucano T.1 is disappointing by today’s standards.  It’s poorly detailed and overall rather inaccurate.  Here, a complete resin cockpit set is available that replaces all the kit parts, from the cockpit tub, sidewalls, instrument panels, instrument panel coamings, control sticks, and ejection seats. Photofilm instrument faces are also provided.  The Martin-Baker seats in particular look great, though the shoulder harnesses and lap belts are integrally molded details (my personal preference, even in 1:72 scale, is for photoetched metal parts, but these are still very well done here).  The only major observation here is that the resin cockpit tub is not a “drop-in” piece, and sanding down/thinning out the kit’s cockpit sidewalls will be necessary to get the resin tub in there.    

#7359 – Exterior Set.  Of these four sets, this is the most simple and straightforward – nose and main gear doors, positionable speedbrake, and parts for the interior baggage compartment and compartment door (behind and below the instructor pilot’s seat on the left side of the fuselage; again you’ll need to open up the space with a little cutting).

Overall, any one of these four sets will add a nice degree of detail and extra options to your Airfix Short Tucano T.1.  All four together stand to really enhance the kit in some very impressive ways and will really elevate one’s build.  All are highly recommended!

Sincere thanks are owed to Special Hobby/CMK for the review sample. You visit them on the web at http://www.specialhobby.info/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialhobby

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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