SOUTH YORKSHIRE SKYDANCER

In his debut AMW build, Duncan Cooke tackles Fly’s 1/48 Jet Provost and finds it a slightly challenging but ultimately rewarding journey

INTERMEDIATE BUILD JET PROVOST T.5

Care was needed when removing large parts from the runners, as attachment gates impinged on the moulded relief in places. Gentle use of a fine sanding stick, followed by several passes with a scribing tool, restored the shape and detail.

Rapid development of frontline strike aircraft for the Royal Air Force during the early 1960s highlighted the need for a new basic jet trainer; of primary concern was the lack of a pressurised cockpit in the existing Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T.4.

In 1964 the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) started a development project to address this issue, and in September 1969 the first BAC Jet Provost T.5 entered RAF service, with the Central Flying School (CFS) at RAF Little Rissington.

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