The T-33 first flew in 1948 and was used by many nations as a jet trainer and by some as a combat aircraft. Some remain in service with Bolivia. A total of 6,557 Shooting Stars were produced, 5,691 by Lockheed, 210 by Kawasaki and 656 by Canadair.
Platz first released a kit of the T-33 a couple of years ago and this boxing is the same kit with a different decal sheet.
Kit colours are called out in Mr Color and Testors. The detail on the plastic is as expected from Platz, very nice…have a look at the images to see for yourself.
The kit starts, as expected, in the cockpit. The instrument panels have raised detail that you can highlight, but there are also decals to cover the instrument panels and side panels. The early ejector seats will look nice when painted and have had their decals added. The seat looks pretty good compared to the real thing, for this scale. There are resin seats and PE sets available that will upgrade the cockpit. These will cost as much as the kit itself though, so you will want to make some adjustments in the next step if you use these.
Next we put the completed cockpit tub inside the 2 forward fuselage halves. The one piece canopy is also added at this point. However, if you want to allow the cockpit detail to be seen clearly you will want to consider cutting the canopy to display it in the open position. Eduard make masks for the canopy, which should still work even if you split the canopy into 2 pieces. The nose wheel bay is also added inside the 2 halves. The engine intakes are added to the outside, one per side. The nice touch to this is that the intakes are one piece affairs, no annoying joins to try and deal with.
Step 3 joins the 2 halves of the aft fuselage together and traps a simple jet pipe inside them. The horizontal stabilizers are also added. The interior of the front and aft fuselages have some interior detail that makes me think there were thoughts of adding an engine at some point to display the aircraft undergoing maintenance.
Step 4 is a simple one, add the wing tops to the one piece bottom.
Steps 5 and 6 is building the landing gear. Scale Aircraft Conversions make replacements for these, but again, the cost will double your expenditure and the gear in the kit seems pretty good and if you add a few pieces of wire you have something just as good.
Step 7 is the air brakes, which can be displayed open or closed.
Step 8 is putting the wing tip fuel tanks together and step 9 is putting them on the wing tips and adding the front and aft fuselage halves to the wings.
To finish off Step 9 is putting the completed nose gear in place along with the doors and airbrakes and Step 10 puts the completed main gear and doors in place. Nnow you’re finished.
The decals are up to the usual standards, produced by Cartograf and very detailed – you need to pay attention to the instructions. There are images showing you where everything goes, but you need to double check exactly what is needed on your chosen decal option out of the 6 available. All the options come from aircraft used at Hamamatsu AB.
Overall a very nice little kit from Platz and highly recommended. If you want to upgrade the kit, the options are out there, but you will have to spend more than double the price you paid for the kit itself.
Many thanks to Platz for the review kit.