11th December 2019, 12:54 pm A more heavily armed variant of the airframe was developed as the BAC Strikemaster. The kit sprues are identical. I am sure buyers would accept a slight price premium for this extra. 10th March 2020, 11:19 am, by Still, there were many key differences between the Hunting jet Provost and the BAC Strikemaster, first of which was equipping the aircraft with the engine of the Rolls Royce Viper series. The Jet Provost even had a display flying team between 1958 and 1976 but was eventually withdrawn from RAF service in July 1993.The development of the BAC 167 Strikemaster in the 1960s saw a light-attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency operations and predominantly used by … The BAC Jet Provost (originally built by Hunting Percival) was a British jet-powered trainer aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1955 to 1993. Fortunately, Pavla’s Strikemaster and Obscureco’s Jet Provost T.Mk.5 resin cockpit sets for Airfix’s kit should suit the Sword kits too. Crew Daily Crew Daily The parts maps do not identify non-applicable parts, which seems a bit lazy, but this has been Sword’s practice to date. The T52 was another export version sold to Iraq, South Yemen, Sudan and Venezuela, with the same armament as the T51. But the fatigue issue was found in the wings of the BAC Strikemaster which was the main cause of its retirement back in 1993. S u m m a r y . The Hunting jet Provost was the base for the creation of the BAC Strikemaster or also known as BAC 167 Strikemaster. I like Sword kits, and this one has many of the brand’s good attributes, not least very nice surface detail. The Jet Provost was also successfully exported, serving in many air forces worldwide. 10th February 2019, 7:47 pm, by Developed in the early 1950's as the Jet Provost, the BAC Strikemaster carried out its role as a training and light attack aircraft well into the 1990's. The Jet Provost has a strake either side of the lower nose. The undercarriage was made to be simple which had a single wheel landing gear in the front and two single-wheeled legs beneath its every wing. The biggest disappointment has to be the ejection seats and their lack of harness detail. Hunting Percival developed the Jet Provost from the piston-engined Percival Provost basic trainer. Crew Daily There have only been two Jet Provost T.Mk.5/Strikemaster kits previously. The instructions provide two pages of drawings for the Jet Provost and four for the Strikemaster. This option requires the tip-tank to be cut off inboard of the aileron’s outboard edge, but leaving the aileron uncut, to create a stepped join; so care will be need for this surgery. Each kit has seventy-six grey and ten clear styrene parts, two resin parts, and decals for two subjects (but with four colour scheme choices in the Strikemaster’s case). There is also a floor; rear bulkhead; two lack-lustre control columns that are nothing like the detailed examples illustrated in the instructions; a throttle quadrant (again different to that illustrated); a bottle that looks like a fire extinguisher; some basic sidewall detail moulded integrally with the fuselage halves; an instrument panel and its coaming. The legs were made shorter to give aircraft a shallow stature when resting. A small pitot and its protective bracket fit under the nose centreline, whilst a bulged cover for the elevator actuator mechanism fits below the port tailplane. In addition to this, the BAC Strikemaster was designed to have 4 hardpoints under its wings that were used for ordnance and the external fuel tanks. Overall, I should think that this kit should be an enjoyable one to build, provided you accept that its limited-run nature may demand some fettling here and there. The aircraft for today is designated as BAC Strikemaster which was used a light trainer aircraft as well as a light attack fighter that was designed by the British Aircraft Corporation as a cheap alternative to training aircraft. Techmod prints the decals, and these are well registered with what appears to be good opacity. The production line of the BAC Strikemaster started back in 1967 and it ended well into the year 1984 and during that time early 146 of these aircraft were manufactured. In fact, this subject’s cockpit really warrants the coloured PE treatment like Sword gave their two-seat Lightnings. Squadron.com. 4th March 2019, 8:15 pm, by Given the huge canopy, this is a poor effort when compared to similar Sword kits. I was very pleased to see Sword has provided FS-595 colour references for the RNZAF scheme; the first time I can recall Sword using anything other than generic colour names (I hope this is a new trend for the company!). 574 Views. To create the Strikemaster, the basic airframe was strenghtened and four weapons stations added under the wings. Both kits are a big improvement on the sound but now dated Airfix kit. Post Aug 04, 2013 #22 2013-08-04T13:18. Crew Daily Reverse what I said, some JP5s have distinctive strakes on their lower nose and under the intakes, Not sure why some do and others not. The other kit is a very good effort by Airfix dating from 1974, usually offering both Jet Provost T.Mk5 and Strikemaster options; although one late 1980s boxing covered the T.Mk.5 only. (Peewit has already released a pre-cut mask for this canopy.). There is a little flash in places, but this is easy to deal with. As for the nose section, it was made short and also sloped downward from the windscreen. Given the huge canopy, this is a poor effort when compared to similar Sword kits. The aircraft was designed for the budget-conscious world nations for their aircraft where a dedicated trainer pilot could be armed for low-level missions of counterinsurgency. The aircraft gained popularity form all across the world and thus care was given to covert this training aircraft into jet-powered one. For this purpose, the aircraft had the ability to be equipped with the light ordnance like 2 of the FN 7.62mm internal machine guns which were mostly fitted as the standard armaments. Crew Daily 30th January 2019, 7:12 am, by For this reason, I shall generally use the singular “kit” until discussing colours and markings. Upgraded engine, ejection seats, communications, and fuel system rounded out the differences between the Strikemaster and its Jet Provost starting point. Good surface detail, accurate appearance, good value too, from the right supplier. The BAC Strikemaster was basically designed to be a training aircraft but its secondary purpose was to be a light attack fighter in times of need. There are numerous differences between the constructional drawings and kit parts that hint even more detailed and better kits were intended compared to what has been realised.