ALLEY CAT


ACRK48-01 1/48 GAF Jindivik Mk.3 & 4


by David Harvey

 

Review Type

First Look

Scale:

1/48

Price:

UK£29.95 from A2zee Models in the UK (plus postage)

AUD$82.50(plus postage) from Red Roo Models

Contents and Media:

Multi media including resin, photo etch and a bit of plastic rod.

Advantages:

Very nice kit covering a little thought of area.

Disadvantages:

Packaging of all resin parts in the one bag can cause breakages

Recommendation:

Highly recommended

 

Instruction

The kit comes with a four page instruction sheet of which one page is allocated to the aircraft and one to the launch trolley. You are also proved with two pages of decal placement instructions for the eleven different options available.

The aircraft itself is a relatively simple construction due to the small amount of parts to make up the Jindivik. The landing skid is about the only difficult part in the instructions/kit to understand due to the placement of parts. This is the one spot that could use some extra help but thankfully the manufacturer realised that and provided a colour photograph of the area on one of the decal pages. The options available in the kit are also clearly illustrated and as such the modeller should have no problem fitting the correct parts for the Mk.3 or the Mk.4 and the variations to it.

The launch trolley, whilst looking simple in construction, I think is a bit harder than the aircraft to make. The inclusion of reference images in the instructions would have been a good move but there are sufficient images available of the trolley on the internet and a good shot of the completed trolley on the A2zee website.

 

The resin

The resin comes packed in a sturdy white box with one bag for the resin and one for the decals and Photo Etch. Unfortunately due to the resin being all in one bad there were a few breakages in the review kit that may have been avoided if more than one bag was used. The parts look to be easily removed from the casting blocks and should pose no problems for a modeller with a bit of resin experience.

The parts come in a grey resin that has no air bubbles in it and looks quite nice. The only downside to the resin is that the access panel lines on the fuselage are a bit rough when looked at closely. The fussy modeller may want to fill them in and rescribe but under a coat of paint and from normal viewing distance they should be fine.

The kit provides the following options for the aircraft:

  • Different tail planes and fins for the Mk.3 and Mk.4 aircraft.
  • Different flaps and ailerons for the Mk.3 and Mk.4.
  • 40” wing extensions for the aircraft that were fitted.
  • Mk.5, Mk.7, Mk.8 and Mk.9 pods for the wing tips.
  • 80” wing extensions for use with the small wing pods.
  • Semi active radar tow targets and Infrared Tow target.
  • Different pitot tubes for the Mk.3 and Mk.4.
  • Flare packs for the Mk.4.
  • Various antenna to fit depending on the aircraft depicted.

 

The Trolley

The trolley is a kit on it’s own and you definitely need some reference images to get the parts location correct. The instruction sheet is quite good for this but I would personally prefer a few images to help out on the construction of it.

The trolley is a bit rough and will need a bit of cleaning up to make it look good and some of the detail on the upper surface may need to be replaced as it is a bit ‘soft’ to me; this is all dependant on the modeller though. The kit provides different front wheel and mud flaps for the UK version as they were redesigned in around 1987

 

The decals

When the kit arrived it had the incorrect decals included in the box, this was easily rectified by a quick email to A2zee and the correct ones were in the mail.

The decals come on a small, but very busy, sheet. It covers all the required stencil data and national markings as well as mission markings for the different aircraft. Each decal is individually printed but care must be taken when cutting them off the sheet due to the small size of the sheet.

The decals are very nicely printed and the stencil data can be read if you have a magnifying glass to do so. The colours appear to be solid but the only real test for this is to apply them to the model and see how they survive on the scheme selected.

The aircraft covered by the decal sheet are:

  • A92-726 Jindivik Mk. 103BL, RAE 1989.  Finished in fluorescent Rocket Red and Saturn Yellow scheme with mission markings painted on the fuselage. No wing tip extensions, Mk.8 pods.
  • A92-733 Jindivik Mk. 103BL, RAE 1986. Finished in fluorescent Rocket Red and Saturn Yellow scheme with mission markings painted on the fuselage.  Performed the 5000th UK Jindivik sortie. No extensions, Mk.8 pods.
  • N11-742, Jindivik Mk. 203B “Vic Harvey”, RAN 1998.  Finished in fluorescent Rocket Red and Saturn Yellow scheme. Performed the last ever Jindivik flight in Australia on 26th June 1998. 40” extensions, Mk.9 pods.
  • A92-803 Jindivik Mk. 4A, RAE 1991.  Finished in fluorescent Black, Rocket Red and Saturn Yellow paint with mission markings painted on the fuselage. No extensions, Mk.9 pods.
  • A92-804 Jindivik Mk. 4A. Performed the first proving flight from Benbecula, Hebrides 21 Sep 1994. Finished in Rocket Red and Saturn Yellow fluorescent paint with mission markings on the fuselage. No extensions, Mk.9 pods.
  • ZJ493 Jindivik Mk. 4A, RAE 2004.  Finished in Rocket Red and Saturn Yellow fluorescent paint.  Flew the last ever Jindivik flight on 26th October 2004. No extensions, Mk.9 pods.
  • A92-404 Jindivik Mk. 3, RAAF 1962. Finished in overall Rocket Red fluorescent paint. 40” extensions, Mk.8 pods.
  • N11-496 Jindivik Mk. 203A, RAN 1967. Finished in overall Rocket Red fluorescent paint.  Performed the first range acceptance flight from Jervis Bay on 7th January 1967. 40” extensions, Mk.8 pods.
  • N11-502 Jindivik Mk. 203A, RAN 1967. Finished in overall Rocket Red fluorescent paint. 80” extensions, Mk.5 pods.
  • GAF-513 & GAF-520 Jindivik Mk. 303A, US Navy 1965. Finished in overall Rocket Red fluorescent paint.  Serial Number 513 needs to be assembled from decals supplied on the sheet. No extensions or pods.
  • WRE-601 Jindivik Mk. 3B.  WRE and date unknown. Finished in overall Rocket Red fluorescent paint. No extensions, Mk.8 pods.

The paint colours suggested are Humbrol 194 (RAL1026) for the Saturn Yellow whilst Humbrol 209 is close for the red but apparently needing a bit more red in the mix. The kit includes two colour chips to match the UK based aircraft.

 

Recommendation

The kit appears to be a relatively simple kit to make of an aircraft that is not often mentioned. The instructions are very useful and the kit itself is good.

To that end I highly recommend the model to those with some experience in multi media kits.

Review sample courtesy of my pocket from A2zee Models.