Minicraft 1/48 Bonanza F33
|DECALS:||Two aircraft, N5599P and N5585Y|
Designed by a team led by Ralph Harmon, the model 35 Bonanza was a relatively fast, low-wing monoplane at a time when most light aircraft were still made of wood and fabric. The Model 35 featured retractable landing gear, and its signature V-tail (equipped with a combination elevator-rudder called a ruddervator), which made it both efficient and the most distinctive private aircraft in the sky. The prototype 35 Bonanza made its first flight on 22 December 1945, with the first production aircraft debuting as 1947 models. The first 30–40 Bonanzas produced had fabric-covered flaps and ailerons, after which, those surfaces were covered with magnesium alloy sheet.
In 1982 the production of the V-tail Bonanza stopped but the conventional-tail Model 33 continued in production until 1995, still built today is the Model 36 Bonanza, a longer-bodied, straight-tail variant of the original design, introduced in 1968.
I was in the local hobby shop this afternoon and stumbled across the new Minicraft F-33 Bonanza, and imagine my surprise when I noticed the markings are 2 of the planes I deal with on a daily basis as a Quality Assurance inspector at Airline Training Center Arizona. At the time of this writing N5599P and N5585Y have both flown 24,000 hours, all in the course of training new pilots for Lufthansa Airlines, the parent company of Airline Training Center, Arizona
The kit has 4 sprues of white plastic, a sprue of clear parts and a black stand for displaying the completed model on. One of the sprues are the parts needed to convert the kit from the V tail to the conventional tail, consisting of the upper aft section of fuselage, a vertical fin and rudder and a 3 bladed Hartzell propeller. Decals are by Cartograph and look very good. The box states the markings are from 1998 and show 85Y as overall white with red trim, currently 85Y is still overall white, but with blue tail with Lufthansa markings.
Kit review compliments of my wallet and years of taking care of Niner Niner Pop and Eight Five Yankee.
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