Sword 1/72 T-28C Trojan Kit First Look
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||April 2013||Manufacturer||Sword|
|Kit Number||72067||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nice details, great decals||Cons||None|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$44.99|
The North American T-28 was both an Air Force and Navy trainer used from 1950 until the 1980's. It was built in 3 versions, A, B and C.
In 1952 the Navy evaluated the T-28A as a replacement of their SNJ trainers, and asked North American to replace the Wright R-1300 with the Wright R-1820. With the bigger engine, the horsepower was almost doubled and the propeller was changed to a 3 blade constant speed propeller.
The T-28C was first built in 1955, and was basically a B model that had a tail hook and could be used on aircraft carriers.
The Sword kit of the T-28C Trojan consists of 51 parts molded in grey styrene, 10 parts molded in clear styrene and 1 resin engine. Decals are provided for 3 aircraft. They are:
- T-28C, BuNo 140068, VT-5, NAS Saufley Field, Florida
- T-28C, BuNo 140057, VT-5, NAS Saufley Field, Florida, 1963
- T-28C, BuNo 140514, VA-122 NAS Miramar, California, 1976
All of the parts are molded very well and no flash is present. The resin engine is also molded great. The decals are printed very well. All of the stenciling is also provided. Paint colors are called out during construction.
Construction begins with the cockpit and there is plenty of detail here. Construction then moves forward with the wings and fuselage. The test fitting of main parts shows that fit is good. The Sword instruction sheet is very well written and illustrated. No problems should be encountered during construction.
A very nice kit of a great subject!
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!