Wolfpack 1/48 T-38 Talon 'NASA'

KIT #: WP 10002
PRICE: $35.00
DECALS: Two options
REVIEWER: John Summerford
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HISTORY

During the height of the Space Shuttle era, NASA operated a fleet of thirty-two T-38 aircraft. They were used as a jet trainer for astronauts, as well as chase planes. The fleet was housed primarily at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. The low operating costs and ease of maintenance made the T-38 an ideal aircraft to utilize in its various roles.

Also, at that time, NASA established the tradition of astronauts arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in a T-38.

THE KIT

Sealed in one bag are two sprues of 83 gray parts and a bag of five clear parts. There is also a bag of decals, vinyl masks and two resin wheels. The kit does not have any photo-etch parts. Surface detail on the plastic is discrete.

A brief history in English and Korean plus a parts map can be found on the front page of the instructions. The other three pages detail 15 steps. A separate sheet has painting and decaling instructions for two aircraft. The first option is for a chase plane for the Columbias landing at White Sands, New Mexico. The second option is an aircraft operating at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB. Color call-outs are referenced to FS codes and Mr. Color paints.

CONCLUSIONS

Some of the parts are very delicate, which might be difficult to handle. The parts breakdown is conventional as is the construction sequence. This leads me to believe that this is a straight forward build.

John Summerford

March 2020

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