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CD72136- 1/72 T-39 Sabreliner Part 1


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This is terific news!  I just pre-ordered the USAF kit.  So CD72136 is Part 1?  And Part 2 is CD82137?  Possibly a Part 3?  Is this going to be a mix, or all one service?  I'd like to pitch for a SAC T-39 in 509th BW markings. I will see if I can dig up a pic for you.  K/r, Dutch 

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I got my kit yesterday and it sure looks very nice. That VA-122 jet will definitely be on the second sheet which will be Navy & Marines jets.

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I always enjoyed seeing USAFE T-39As on display at airshows here in the UK - they wore four variations of schemes and markings over the years: 

 

Originally with DayGlo:

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Later without:

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With 'United States of America' titles originally using standard USAF lettering:

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Later changed to 'stylised' lettering:

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There was also the occasional CONUS-based visitor:

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Thanks for the suggestions - I am about to finish the USAF sheet and the usual suspects (AFSC jet, one SAC example, white/blue 1405 ABW jet etc., one camouflaged example etc.) are all in there.  Just give me a few days to survive the tsunami of orders I need to ship for the last batch of releases, and I will post profiles.

 

Picking options for the Navy/Marines sheet will be harder as there is a lot more variety here - we'll see which ones will end up on the sheet.

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@Andy! Ooh! Where are my sunglasses!

 

@Kursad, Any hint when the next releases will be? july?  I won't add to your backlog now, but I am waiting for the 1/144 B-1B sheet!

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13 minutes ago, Dutch said:

@Kursad, Any hint when the next releases will be? july?  I won't add to your backlog now, but I am waiting for the 1/144 B-1B sheet!

 

I got a deluge of orders for the last batch of releases and I am still struggling to ship everything, so I don't think I will be able to release the new batch in early July as planned. I will be on vacation outside the US for most of July so it increasingly looks like the B-1B/F-22 sheets will be coming in August.

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36 minutes ago, KursadA said:

 

I got a deluge of orders for the last batch of releases and I am still struggling to ship everything, so I don't think I will be able to release the new batch in early July as planned. I will be on vacation outside the US for most of July so it increasingly looks like the B-1B/F-22 sheets will be coming in August.

Guessing that means the 1/72 versions of the two H-53 sheets won't be appearing until August at the earliest, maybe later?

You know I'm eagerly awaiting getting my hands on those!

 

@Dutch- I said it was gaudy! 🤣

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Wiki has some nice T-39 photos in their photo library.  Even one with a TAC lightning bolt on the tail!  And two b&w photos of "Promiscuous Princess" T-39A-1NA 60-3478 in Europe circa 1961.

 

Kursad, can you add some generic numbers and TG-### to the sheet so we can make any aircraft, if desired?

 

Oh, BTW, my Sword T-39A kit was delivered yesterday. What a jewel! I guess I can scrap the old Airmodel vac shape now.

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1 hour ago, Dutch said:

Oh, BTW, my Sword T-39A kit was delivered yesterday. What a jewel! I guess I can scrap the old Airmodel vac shape now.

As tempting as the Sword kit is, I think I'll stick with my Airmodel vacuform - at some point I will complete it, along with the Jetstar and a couple of C-12s...

....I nearly bought another vac Sabreliner off eBay a while ago, as it was going very cheap - except that I forgot when it was ending, and didn't place a bid!

 

The AF Instrument Test Centre bird in the Wiki photos is very nice...

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6 hours ago, Dutch said:

Wiki has some nice T-39 photos in their photo library.  Even one with a TAC lightning bolt on the tail!  And two b&w photos of "Promiscuous Princess" T-39A-1NA 60-3478 in Europe circa 1961.

 

Kursad, can you add some generic numbers and TG-### to the sheet so we can make any aircraft, if desired?

 

Oh, BTW, my Sword T-39A kit was delivered yesterday. What a jewel! I guess I can scrap the old Airmodel vac shape now.

 

wow - this one is nice. I will need to find a close-up of the badge?

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1 hour ago, KursadA said:

 

wow - this one is nice. I will need to find a close-up of the badge?

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The colour in the '75' part is even, just a lighting effect makes it look uneven in a few spots...

Other side of 160053:

CT-39G++160053+%2528cn+306-104%2529++USN

Enlargeable close-up of the forward fuselage marking:

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Those are very nice markings for the USNR 75th Anniversary. Please note that the aircraft is a CT-39G, based on the Sabreliner 60 series, which has a 3ft, 2in fuselage stretch and five windows per side, versus two or three for the standard T-39A-F/N which was based on the original which equals the civil series 40.  So maybe Sword will release a stretched version of a G, who knows!  Only USN & USMC flew it

 

Here are some sprue shots of the kit

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Five options each on both CD72136 (USAF) and CD72137 (Navy). The main sheets are printed by Microscale, there is a small, Cartograf-printed sheet with stencils, common markings and some intricate badges.

 

These will be limited-run sheets of 250 copies each - make sure you get yours as soon as the preorders are up sometime in mid to late August.

 

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Hope its not too late, but the AFCS tailflash was blue with black blocks, with the white letters on the black blocks...

 

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56 minutes ago, bluedot25 said:

Hope its not too late, but the AFCS tailflash was blue with black blocks, with the white letters on the black blocks...

 

Definitely not late, thanks a lot for the correction!

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