History

The T-34 Mentor is a propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Bonanza. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s to the 1950s, were piston-engined. The T-34A was licence built by Fuji Heavy Industries in Japan and 121 entered service with the JASDF in 1954 and was finally retired in 1982.

The Kit

The top opening box contains 2 kits each in their own bag, one small decal sheet in a separate bag and an instruction sheet. This is another collaboration between F-Toys and Platz. The instructions are a single piece of paper folded to give 4 pages. Page 1 is the usual safety warnings and a brief overview of the aircraft. Pages 2 and 3 are colour and decal instructions, colours being referenced in Mr Color and Testors/Model Master ranges. Page 4 is the assembly instructions and parts list. Being a single engine aircraft in 1/144 scale, there are not many parts; 17 with gear up and 26 with gear down. There’s also a stand and a clear tail stand if you forget to put weight in the nose to make it sit on its nose wheel. Each kit is mostly on one sprue in one bag and inside that bag is a smaller bag containing the 2 piece stand and the clear parts.

The sprues themselves have some fine detail and look very nice up close as you can see from the photos.

The decals are very nicely done and the small sheet contains decals and markings for 8 aircraft. Most of the colour choices are mostly silver with varying amounts of International Orange on them. The wing walkways are decals so that will save some fiddly masking. The schemes date from 1954 to 2014.

Conclusion

A nice quick simple build with bright coloured schemes, ideal for the younger modellers.

Many thanks to Platz for the review sample.

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