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.
The T-2 CCV (Control Configuration Vehicle) was an experimental aircraft based on the 3rd prototype, (29-5103). It was equipped with 3 canards including vertical and horizontal stabilizers. The original trailing edge flaps were replaced by flapperons when the ventral fin was removed. This aircraft also had fly by wire. The aircraft first flew on August 9, 1983 and was used for 2 years on various kinds of tests. The aircraft was retired in 1988 and has been on display at the Kakamigahara Aerospace Science Museum since December 2014.
Now on to the kit itself.
The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box. The sprues are all in one resealable bag apart from the 2 clear sprues which are in their own resealable 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 kit contains:
- 85 plastic parts on 6 sprues
- 7 clear parts on 2 sprues
- 1 decal sheet
- 1 eight page instruction sheet
- Also 6 clear parts and 30 plastic parts extra and not used
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 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. The instrument panels and side consoles have decals or can be painted.
- This step builds the aft of the 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 is also attached.
- Now we add the underneath of the fuselage to the aircraft. There’s a 2.0mm hole to drill for the ventral pylon
- 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.
- Now we add the engines, ventral canard 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.
- Now you add some undercarriage struts.
- Lastly comes the undercarriage doors.
The decal sheet is large and very crowded – there’s a lot of decals on this sheet! There are 2 options for this aircraft at different times in it’s life.
- Technical Research & Development Institute, Gifu AB, 1983
- JASDF Air Development & Test Wing, Gifu AB 1994
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.