A total of 90 production T-2s were built, including 28 unarmed T-2A and 62 armed T-2B. An additional two T-2As were built but modified for the S-FX / F-1 strike fighter program. The last T-2 rolled off the assembly line in 1988. For our review of the T-2B used by the Blue Impulse display team, have a look here. However, the kit I’m reviewing here relates specifically to the T-2A.
The sprues in the box are almost the same as used in the earlier F-1 kit, which is reviewed here.
Now on to the kit itself.
The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box. The sprues are all in one bag apart from the 2 clear sprues which are in their own bag. The 2 clear sprues are actually attached to one another so they can’t scratch one another. The decals come in their own bag too and have a protective sheet on them. The instructions are on piece of folded paper giving 8 black and white pages.
The instructions are highly detailed and packed with information. The first page gives a few brief details about the aircraft. Then there’s 4 pages showing the actual build with some small photos of the real thing and some part views to show exact placement. It finishes off with 3 pages of decal placements. There are colour call outs throughout the instructions for Mr Color and Model Master paints.
The sprues have fine recessed panel lines and small attachment gates and are the usual good quality we expect from Platz. The level of detail is very good with no obvious issues.
The build is in 9 steps:
- This puts together the cockpit apart from the front seat.
- This step builds the aft canopy and rail, the area between the 2 cockpits and the engine intakes. You have the choice of building with the canopy open or closed.
- Step 3 sees the fuselage halves go together and trap the cockpit in-between them. The engine intakes from step 2 are attached and the front cockpit coaming. You also have a 0.8mm hole to drill.
- Now we add the underneath of the fuselage to the aircraft. There’s more 0.8mm holes to drill if you’re going to add pylons.
- This step is adding the wings, rudder, tailplanes, front seat and the rest of the canopy. You have the choice of drilling 2 x 1.3mm holes for wing lights and adding transparent parts, or just painting them. If you’re adding under wing pylons you will need to make some more holes.
- Now we add the engines and wing leading edges. You also add the airbrakes in either the open or closed positions.
- Step 7 is all about the undercarriage. Build the 3 single wheel undercarriage legs and then attach them. There’s some extra views and a photo to help you get everything at the right angles.
- Now you add the undercarriage doors, not too much to do in this step.
- Lastly comes the 3 pylons under the fuselage and wings, if you drilled the holes for them in the earlier steps! You also have 2 x 220l fuel tanks.
The decal sheet is large and very crowded – there’s a lot of decals on this sheet! There are options for 4 aircraft, but you can cut up the aircraft number decals and make any one of another 25 aircraft using numbers supplied on the decal sheet.
- 19-5101 Air Proving Group
- 59-5105 Provisional T-2 Training Sqn
- 69-5117 22nd Squadron (4th Air Wing)
The third option listed, 69-5117 is shown as 69-5118 in the instructions though.
The decals are produced by Cartograf and are to their usual high standard.
Overall this is a very nice kit with a great deal of attention paid to detail. This kit easily ranks with the best out there right now.
Thanks to Platz for the review sample.