Croco 1/72 T-28C Trojan
Scott Van Aken
Resin with metal gun barrels and vacuform canopy.
ThThe North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is
a radial-engine military trainer aircraft manufactured by North American
Aviation and used by the United States Air Force and United States
Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was
successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during
the Vietnam War. It has continued in civilian use as an aerobatics and warbird performer.
Originally developed for the U.S. Air Force, the T-28B/C were U.S. Navy
versions The B model was strictly land-based a 1,425 hp (1,063 kW) Wright
R-1820-86 radial engine driving a three-bladed propeller and fitted with a
belly-mounted speed brake; 489 built from new. The T-28C had shortened propeller
blades and had a tail hook for carrier landing training. 299 were built. Those
used in Vietnam as AT-28C light attack aircraft often had the larger nose
wheel/tire from the USAF version along with the larger prop and the tail hook
This is one of Croco's recent releases. They have worked hard on this one to
provide a quality short run resin kit. Though there is a 1/72 T-28 of sort
on the market, it is the Heller Fennec which is a T-28A with an upgraded
engine. As such it has the taller canopy of that version and requires a bit
of work to produce any other version.
This kit builds an AT-28C as operated by several nations in Southeast Asia
during the Vietnam war. Those planes were operated in the light attack/COIN
role with a number of different hardpoints added under the wing for various
weapons. Though most had the tail hook removed, that item is included in
case you wish to build a USN version. For that role, Croco has also included
the smaller nose wheel as well as the non-armored seats used in those
aircraft. Note that the image only shows one of each seat and also that many
of the small parts are not shown
You get a full cockpit along with separate rudder pedals, control sticks,
seats, throttles and instrument panels Once trapped in the fuselage halves
the instrument panel anti glare shields can be added. The kit provides two
clear canopy transparencies so you have a spare if needed. Rudder and
elevators are separate items. The wing is a single casting and it appears
there is some room forward for nose weight as this model will be a tail
sitter without it.
On the underside is an insert for the aft fuselage. A separate speed brake
is provided as well. The landing gear are all reinforced with wire. Engine
is very nicely done and fits into a cowling that has separate cowl flaps.
Prop consists of a hub with separate blades. For weapons you have gun pods,
two sizes of bombs, one with an MER, and a set of rocket tubes. There are
metal barrels for the gun pods.
are well done, consisting of exploded views on either side of a sheet of
paper. Included are a number of detail drawings to help with installation
and alignment. My kit did not have decals, but markings are provided for
several aircraft from Laos and South Vietnam. The box art shows one scheme
and an Internet search will show others.
This is not a kit for beginners, however, Croco has provided a very
nicely molded kit with all the parts you will need to produce a very nice
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