Sheet #

Microscale 48-184 for Latin American T-33s




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Review By:

Scott Van Aken



As mentioned in the review of the earlier sheet, the T-33 was certainly a ubiquitous aircraft. I can imaging that there were as many countries using the T-Bird as now use the C-130. That is to say, an awful lot. By the early 1970s, most of these aircraft had been lost or were unserviceable as no matter how simple to maintain or how rugged the airframes are, they will not perform well if at least minimal maintenance is not performed. Often in lesser air forces, the money for proper maintenance just is not available so the only way to keep planes flying is through cannibalization for needed parts. Thus, when a country is given or buys, say 12 aircraft, it is highly probable that a third of those will be quickly used as spare parts planes. If these planes are fortunate, they will end up in museums or in the hands of warbird lovers who have the time and money to keep them flying.

This sheet has three T-33s on it. 

FIrst is from the Dominican Republic. This aircraft is in overall natural metal with large insignia.

Next is a Uruguayan aircraft from the late 1960s. While the instructions state FS 36231 for the camouflage color, I would bet it is supposed to be FS 16473, ADC grey instead, as that was the standard T-33 color at the time.

Finally, a Peruvian T-33, also in natural metal. The large red tail bands would make this a very colorful aircraft.

There are enough data markings to do two of these aircraft.

Review copy courtesy of me and my wallet! 

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