Matchbox 1/72 T-2C/E Buckeye
|KIT #:||PK-42 (1987)|
|PRICE:||$Currently out of production|
|NOTES:||This is it for injected Buckeyes|
To fulfill a US
Navy training requirement, North American submitted a design which utilized the
same wing as the FJ-1 Fury and a control system derived from the T-28C. An order
was placed for 6 aircraft for evaluation, the first flight being in January
1958. The aircraft was designated T2J-1 (later changed to T-2A) and was an
immediate success and 217 were produced before a twin engined version fitted
with J60-P-6 engines was introduced as the T2J-2 (later T-2B). A final engine
change to the J85-GE-4 was made and the new machine was designated T-2C and was
exceeded 400. In 1986 a programme was established to refurbish 100 airframes and
this will mean that the aircraft will remain in service until 2000 at least. The
name ‘Buckeye’ is a reference to a species of tree which gives
In addition to use
This kit has 30 cleanly molded white and grey parts plus a two-piece clear canopy. The contents of this boxing show a little flash on the ejection seats only and only some very minor mold seams. Unfortunately, the trench digger has had a hand in this kit with the engraving being over done. Matchbox supplies a rather complete cockpit by their standards. The kit has the office fully framed in with even side instrument consoles for both crew locations. Further molded details are the center instrument panel and housing and the same for the front office. Fitting into the pit are two basic ejection seats. Add two control columns, throttles and a harness to the seat and this office is good to go.
The nose gear bay is fully framed in and deeper then normal but the main gear openings have no walls. Another nice touch is that some of the gear doors are ‘layered’ but as normal all would look better thinner. While the main gear tires are separate, the nose gear is molded with the landing strut. Final parts are the arrestor hook, separate intakes and wing-tip tanks.
Assembly is covered
five well illustrated steps with detail colour notes offered at the end. This
sheet also has two sets of four-views showing exactly were the decals goes for
the two subjects offered; very well done. As can be expected one of the options
is a brightly painted trainer of VT-23 of the
Aside from the over stated engraving, this is one of Matchbox’s better kits. As it is the only injected molded Buckeye in 1/72 scale that I am aware of makes the engraving a moot point.
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