Scottish Aviation was nationalised along with other British companies into British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) in 1978, BAe decided the design of the Jetstream was worth further development, and started work on a "Mark 3" Jetstream. As with the earlier 3M version for the USAF, the new version was re-engined with newer Garrett turboprops which offered more power and longer overhaul intervals over the original Turbomeca units. This allowed the aircraft to be offered in an 18-seat option (six rows, 2 1), with an offset aisle, and with a water methanol option for the engine to allow the ability to operate at maximum load from a greater range of airfields, particularly in the continental United States and Australia.
The result was the Jetstream 31, which first flew on 28 March 1980, being certificated in the UK on 29 June 1982. The new version proved to be as popular as Handley Page hoped the original model would be, and several hundred 31s were built during the 1980s. In 1985, a further engine upgrade was planned, which flew in 1988 as the Jetstream Super 31, also known as the Jetstream 32. Production continued until 1993, by which time 386 31/32s had been produced. Four Jetstream 31s were ordered for the Royal Navy in 1985 as radar observer trainers, the Jetstream T.3 (Source Wikipedia)
The kit arrives in a sturdy off white end opening box with a black and white label on the top which features a side profile of the subject inside. Inside is a A4 instruction sheet folded into an A5 booklet but is only printed on one side, also inside the box are two zip lock bags one containing five resin parts and the other containing eleven white metal and one plastic part, also a small generic decal sheet is included more of which later.
The five resin parts consist of the fuselage the two wings and two tail planes, plus the underside radome relevant to the T.Mk 3 which is the plastic part. In my sample one wing tip is missing but should not be too hard to make a replacement, there are no mould plugs except on the main fuselage but this is on the nose and will be under the white metal nose. The white metal parts make up the landing gear, nose, nacelles and props. There are no clear parts or window decals so you will either need to paint the windows or make your own decals for the cabin and cockpit.
The main joins are all butt joints and will also need a bit of clean up to get them flat, there are no locating holes for the landing gear or locating marks for the nacelles. None of the resin parts show any sign of air bubbles.
These are of a three view plus written type, with preparation and assembly written guides on one side and the drawings on the other. The drawings are in scale which will greatly help in the positioning of the parts.
This is where you will need to purchase other decals. The drawing gives you the scheme for:
• BAE Jetstream T.3 ZE439, Royal Navy 750 Squadron, Culdrose 1988, finished in white and light grey with a roundel blue cheat line.
The decals supplied are roundels only which means all codes, titles and serials will need to be sourced from another supplier, Welsh Models list Modeldecal sheet 36A.
Lack of decals to complete the scheme is a major inconvenience as you are forced to purchase a decal sheet from another manufacture to complete this kit, also the lack of windows be they plastic/resin or decals will cause a problem. If you are used to this type of kit then the instruction sheet will not be a problem.
Highs: Fine panel lines, nice detail.Lows: Lack of specific decals, no windows, no location marks.Verdict: Some nice detail, which is let down by no specific decals and a lack of windows.
About Luciano Satornetti (Littorio) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM
Ok, firstly I build what ever takes my fancy however I mainly build 1/350 WWII era ships mainly cruisers and any aircraft. However my favourite aircraft being the mighty Beaufighter, Sepecat Jaguar, Hawker Hunter, Fw-190 and the Su-27 family. I also like wheeled armour like the Stryker and Centauro