Call Sign Zorro

Here is my AT-28 Trojan in all it’s glory. I must admit that I wasn’t entirely positive that this one would make it. Although it gave me quite a scare, I was surprised to have an easy build the rest of the way. I learned a huge lesson from this kit. Unfortunately, I learned it the hard way.
Heller didn’t put to much detail into this kit. I chose to keep the canopy closed for this build. Lack of detail was part of the reason, along with my crude fix of the instrument cowling. This T-28 kit has raised panel lines which I’m sure any model builder would be disappointed in. What it lacks in detail, it makes up for in ease of assembly. This wasn’t a difficult build by any means. The fit was more than fair which equals little filling and sanding. I’m happy with that any day of the week!
I chose to build this one as an AT-28 in honor of the Zorros from the Vietnam War. The United States Air Force used the Trojan to patrol the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos in the early stages of the war. I was more than happy to apply the Southeast Aisian camouflage scheme. It is without a doubt the coolest version of the Trojan. I couldn’t find any decal sheets out there so I had to raid my spares. I also had to “steal” a few as well from unbuilt kits. All in all, I’m happy with the end result. I was able to hide the crack in the camouflage and ended up having plenty of weight in the nose to keep it off it’s tail. I’d say I avoided disaster on this one.20130822-232901.jpg20130822-233205.jpg

19 thoughts on “Call Sign Zorro

  1. Very authentic looking paint job! I used to put models together and sometimes, I painted them to look like they had greese stains or damaged areas on them. It looks pretty cool when coming out of the propeller engine areas.


  2. The T-28 — The plane in which my father learned to fly. Later aircraft in his career included the C-47, B-25, UH-1 (primary test engineer for that project for the Air Force), KC-97, KC-135A, O-2 (out of Da Nang in ’68), and the KC-135Q (modified refueler for the SR-71).

    Thanks for the memories.


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