A British Flying Pirate
Blackburn’s’ “Pirate” was a British low level subsonic airplane that offered its services to the Royal Navy (RN) and later the Royal Air Force (RAF) until 1994. It was designed and initially produced by Blackburn Aircraft and became later known with the name of Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer when the manufacturing company became part of the Hawker Buccaneer team. The RN purchased initial the Buccaneer as a Naval Fighter, capable of operating from aircraft carriers, introducing the type in 1962. The “Pirate” was capable to carry nuclear weapons as well as conventional weapons for operations against surface targets and was usually deployed in the Northern Sea during its operational life.
The model used for the construction is that of Airfix which a few years ago was re-released in a new packaging with new decals printed by Cartograf and a new additional armaments sprue which were used by the Buccaneer during operations in Iraq in 1991. The cockpit is very simple in detail with the instrument panels given in decal and two seats that require some work. The fit is very poor with raised panel lines.
Construction – Painting
First job was to rescribe the entire model with extra care as the raised panel lines was wrong in some places and/or imperfect. A lot of putty and cyanoacrylate glue was needed to complete the construction. In the cockpit I used an aftermarket kit by Eduard for the consoles and instrument panels. I replaced the seats with metal ones from Aeroclub to which I added seat belts from Eduard.
I painted the entire model Humbrol 250 Desert Pink with a brush, followed by some dry brushing with lighter tones from the basic color and applied the decals with no problems. The entire model was sealed with 2 coats of floor polish and I went on with the weathering.
Artistic oils and dry pastels were used for the exhaust soot and finally a coat of Matt Varnish was applied.
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By Lambros Lykogiannis
Translated by George Roumbos