Sword 1/72 JRF Goose
|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
The Grumman G-21 Goose is an amphibious aircraft that was designed by Grumman to serve as an eight-seat "commuter" aircraft for businessmen in the Long Island area. The Goose was Grummanís first monoplane to fly. It was its first twin-engine aircraft, and its first aircraft to enter commercial airline service. During World War Two the Goose became an effective transport for the US military (including the United States Coast Guard ), as well as serving with many other air forces. During hostilities, the Goose took on an increasing number of combat and training roles. The adaptable transport continued in postwar use.
It was powered by two 450 horsepower (340 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior nine-cylinder, air-cooled, radial engines mounted on the leading edges of the wings. The deep fuselage served also as a hull and was equipped with hand-cranked retractable landing gear. First flight of the prototype took place on May 29, 1937.
The fuselage also proved versatile as it provided generous interior space that allowed fitting for either a transport or luxury airliner role. Having an amphibious configuration also allowed the G-21 to go just about anywhere, and plans were made to market it as an amphibian airliner. JRF-2 was the version for the United Sates Coast Guard, with provision for carrying stretchers seven were built
The 11-page A-5 size instructions contain 14 steps of construction complete with easy to follow clear sketches and also two 4-view scale plans which suggest any one of two USCG decal options: A Goose JRF-55 post war silver overall with black outlined yellow wing tips, wing floats and aft fuselage band; or the JRF-3 in prewar Yellow top of wings and the rest silver overall finish with red and white, blue striped rudder.
Construction is straight forward by just following the instructions and care in separating the parts as mentioned earlier. The interior is first painted and assembled inside the fuselage. Crew figures can be aded at this stage but are not supplied with the kit. The anti-splash strake on the nose adds detail to the rather full seaplane design nose but am not sure if this was also fitted to the prewar USCG version and one may need to refer to photos of real aircraft if one builds it. The only extra work made to the kit was adding wireless rigging from thin nylon thread and for rigging to the floats and the tail planes.
it came time to paint, t
When it came time to paint, the areas in yellow finish were first given a base coat white which was then followed by standard Model Master yellow.. These areas were carefully masked and the model given an overall coat of commercial silver mixed with small amount (10% by volume) of clear lacquer. This was followed by a coat of Klear in preparation for the decal application.
Fit of parts was good and I enjoyed making this model. Sea plane lovers would enjoy building the Goose which can also be adopted for a civilian livery.
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