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T-28B/D Trojan

Kitty Hawk Models 1/32 T-28B/D Trojan Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2016 Manufacturer Kitty Hawk Models
Subject T-28B/D Trojan Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32014 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Nice details and options Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $89.95

First Look

T-28B/D Trojan
T-28B/D Trojan
T-28B/D Trojan
T-28B/D Trojan
T-28B/D Trojan
T-28B/D Trojan
T-28B/D Trojan

North American Aviation developed the T-28 Trojan in the late 1940s as a replacement for the T-6 Texan in the pilot training role. The aircraft was adopted into USAF service as the T-28A powered by the 800hp Wright R-1300 engine. The Navy adopted the T-28B which was powered by the 1,425 horsepower Wright R-1820 engine. The Navy also adopted the modified T-28C that featured shortened propeller blades and a tailhook for carrier qualification training. When the US entered the Vietnam war, the USAF developed a counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft using surplus T-28Bs from the Navy and converting them to USAF specifications to create the T-28D. With over 1,900 aircraft produced, the T-28 not only trained new pilots, but also qualified pilots for carrier operations and served as a versatile combat aircraft.

Kitty Hawk Models continues to turn out a variety of subjects that we'd never believe would ever be produced. In this release, we have the North American T-28B/D Trojan in 1/32 scale and with the exception of a few notes, this kit looks great. Until now, the only T-28 in 1/32 was the Collect-Aire resin kit and your choices in 1/48 scale are the Monogram and Roden kits.

Molded in light gray styrene, this kit is presented on five parts trees plus one tree of clear parts and two small frets of photo-etched details. The surface detailing is finely scribed and there is no hint of molding flash to contend with. Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Detailed front and rear cockpits
  • Photo-etched crew restraints
  • Instrument panels and side consoles with nice relief details and option of decal overlays
  • Positionable canopies
  • Nicely detailed R-1820 engine
  • Choice of two propeller types
  • More robust engine mounts
  • Positionable engine access panels
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable elevators
  • Positionable rudder
  • Positionable flaps
  • Positionable ventral speed brake
  • Choice of three types of nose wheel hubs
  • Choice of two types of main wheel hubs

The kit provides the following external stores options:

  • 2 x Mk.82 500lb bombs
  • 2 x LAU-3 rocket pods
  • 2 x bomblet racks w/bomblets
  • 2 x 100lb napalm bombs
  • 2 x .50 caliber gun pods (two types included)

Markings are included for seven options:

  • T-28B, 63-0581, JASDF
  • T-28B, 138294, VT-6, 2P/153, US Navy
  • T-28D, 51-7576, painted as 91576/VH-ZUC, warbird, 'Just Dreamin'
  • T-28D, O-37711, Royal Thailand Air Force
  • T-28D, 51-7692/F-AZFV, French Air Force
  • T-28D, 51-3766, USAF
  • T-28D, 50-0310, Philippine Air Force

A few observations that might help you with your T-28 build:

  1. The wings do not have the weapons pylons holes flashed-over. You'll need to plug these if you're building your aircraft without pylons (most did not carry stores/pylons regularly)
  2. The kit wings have eight stations open: three pylons and one inboard gun pod mount under each wing.
  3. The T-28B/C only had one station under each wing (when used). Plug the inboard gunpod holes as well as the pylon holes for the middle and outboard stations.
  4. A number of T-28Cs (not the subject of this kit) were modified with six stations so plug the inboard gunpod holes.
  5. All of the holes are fine for the T-28D configuration.
  6. There are two types of propellers provided in this kit. It would be easy to dismiss the paddle blades as used only for the T-28C when you'll find that propeller on T-28B and T-28D airframes. Check your references.
  7. The kit does have ejector pin stubs in various places so be sure to remove these and test-fit everything (in case you miss one).
  8. The kit does not have the problematic engine mounts that have been seen on some previous radial-engined kits. The upper mounts may be delicate (we will see) but they are easy to replace. The lower mounts are great as-is.

I am pleased to see this subject in 1/32 scale and can't wait to get started on it. This is one of those aircraft that I had an opportunity to fly but didn't get around to making the trip. By the time I got back to try again a few years later, the T-28s were gone. While I saw many of these in the boneyard while stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB, all of them were mothballed.

If you have the Monogram and/or Roden T-28s and even perhaps the Collect-Aire kit in your collection, this is the kit you've been waiting to build. Kitty Hawk will be releasing the carrier-capable T-28C in our future, but no date announced.

My sincere thanks to Kitty Hawk Models for this review sample!

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