Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor
Model's 1/48 scale T-34C Turbo Mentor
is available online from
Here are several images of my recently completed
Czech Models T-34C Turbo Mentor.
As with any limited release kit, there are pros and cons to the boxed
On the plus side both plastic and resin are nicely produced. The
manufacturer presents the modeler with styrene main wheels and a one
piece nose strut/wheel piece. The resin wheels are nicely detailed but
suffer from the dreaded "flat tire" appearance. The difference in detail
between the two are like night and day. Despite the low pressure look, I
chose to use the resin offering.
The resin interior is nicely detailed. However, because the rear of the
resin piece is heavy, I found that much more than the suggested weight
needed to be added to the nose to keep the project from becoming a "Tail
Again, the wings are nicely scribed, but the real aircraft has very
dominant navigation light lenses at each wingtip. Unfortunately, there
are no lines to represent this feature on the upper/lower wing pieces.
Based on ref photos, I "notched" the area to accept clear plastic
lenses. But, because of the wrap around shape, I wasn't able to use a
standard clear sprue to fashion the lenses. Being resourceful I solved
the problem, but I will eventually have to explain to my wife why the
clear plastic salad tongs mysteriously have disappeared.
Czech Models provides two vac-formed canopies. Originally I planned to
finish the model with a one piece canopy, but there is a fairing at the
rear of the sliding back area that wouldn't fit over the spine of the
model. The only way to effectively replicate this hood would've been to
paint it. I tried that approach, it just didn't look right. I took the
second vac-form and carefully separated the sections to attempt to
portray the subject "open". Low and behold, the rear section sat just
fine because it was sitting lower on the spine.
The last minor modification to the kit instructions was the positioning
of the blades in a feathered posture. This choice was based on most all
ref photos showing the blades in this position on the ground.
Oh yeah, the illusive Red-Orange which dominates this airframe. The
approximate color was achieved by the use of MM Italian Red toned down a
bit with Scale White Tint.
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