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1/48 Monogram T-37 

Fuerza Aérea del Perú

by Arturo Nicoli

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  Peru Independence Day 2005

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This is a T-37 replica, converted from the 1/48 Monogram A-37 Dragonfly kit, this airplane served in FAP as an advanced trainer role, allowing the FAP officers to get a lead in training, since it was the first jet trainer in South America.

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I had to modify the kit's dihedral, the main landing gears were enlarged and the wing tip tanks were removed and the tips recontoured.

I also reshaped the entire nose to get a slightly thinner one, added a little air intake in canopy front. The wheels were my own resin casting and the instrument layout had to be redesigned.

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Air intake oval splits were added as seen on real jet, I also practiced some surgery while downing the flaps, some aluminium sheets were required for this process, the Ejection seats and belts were scratchbuilt in aluminium.

Greetings from Peru.

Arturo

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Photos and text © by Eduardo Cárdenas and  Nicoli

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