Czech company Master-X has become the first kit company to release an Embraer KC-390. CHRIS CLIFFORD investigates.
Efforts by Brazil’s Embraer in the mid-2000s to develop a medium-sized jet transport resulted in the KC-390 Millennium, which is now in service with that country’s air force, as well as the Portuguese Air Force. Orders from Hungary and the Netherlands have also been made. While no styrene kit of the KC-390 is available, Czech boutique firm Master-X has taken the plunge with an all-resin offering in 1/144 scale, available in two boxings. First there’s the Brazilian version (MX 14401), but here we focus on the ‘Portugal’ kit (MX 14402). Major parts comprise full fuselage halves and a one-piece wing, with separate vertical and horizontal stabilisers. Also provided are combined engine nacelles/pylons, plus a full undercarriage array with doors, and the fixed aerial refuelling probe.