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1/48 Bulldog T.1 Kit

Tarangus 1/48 Bulldog T.1 Kit Build Review

By Fotios Rouch

Date of Build Review October 2021 Manufacturer Tarangus
Subject Bulldog T.1 Scale 1/48
Kit Number 4806 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice subject Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) OOP

Build Review

This is a limited run kit by Tarangus of the beautiful little British trainer. I remember building the old Airfix kit back in the late seventies as a teenager and I loved the look of that plane. It took decades before it appeared in 48th scale. I bought this kit from the Tarangus representative when it first came out at an IPMS Nationals show. The kit is limited run lower pressure injection so expect some cleanup and careful sprue cutting. There are also no locator pins and little help for positioning main landing gear struts and wings. The clear parts look okay, and they look just fine after dipping them in Future. As always, the plastic was carefully washed in detergent to get the mold release oils off. Sprue cutting for the main parts was a bit challenging and some minor marring did occur. Easily fixable with a dab of putty. I used the Tarangus accessories made for this kit. One set of photoetch and a set of custom canopy masks.

Tarangus 1/48 Bulldog T.1

The first mistake I made was to expect the cockpit parts to fit inside the fuselage. If you assemble the kit with the sidewalls in place as they are then the cockpit floor and seats will not fit. Best thing to do is to thin down the side walls. I did not do that and it looked like I was going to destroy them if I were to pry them off. Instead, I sanded the floor and thinned the seat sides. It is a good idea to thin the seat sides anyway to bring them closer to scale thickness. Thinning the seats also provided room for the photoetch lap belts to fit.

Tarangus 1/48 Bulldog T.1Tarangus 1/48 Bulldog T.1

This model is definitely a tail sitter, so I added led weight from cut up wheel balancing weights.

Tarangus 1/48 Bulldog T.1

The fuselage was glued together after all the fit checking was completed and was left to dry together with the wings. The instrument panel came out pretty good with the sandwiched photoetch and it look like the coaming will fit fine too. There is also photoetch provided for the center console and I think all that will show well under the glass bubble canopy.

Tarangus 1/48 Bulldog T.1

To be continued...