Super Model 1/72th
Aermacchi MB 339
by Rogelio Benites
Instead where deployed light attack/coin type of aircraft like the prop's Pucara and Turbo Mentor. To strengthening the force, 10 Aermacchi MB339 flew to the island series 4A110 to 4A119 been the only operational jets out of there. Five units where lost during the conflict due to accidents and SAS sabotage operations.
The unit represented on this review is the one who attack the HMS Agronaut.
On May 21 early morning an Argentinean Army patrol detect the presence of British ships at
Two Aermacchi where order to take off on an armed-recon mission. One of the aircraft experienced technical problems and have to stay behind so, 4A115 flown by Lt. Crippa was alone.
The pre-flight briefing contemplate a low level flight approaching from the south channel entrance but bad weather conditions force the pilot to approach from the north. As he entered the channel at 200 feet and 300 knots Lt. Crippa spot a Sea Lynx helicopter and target it but, when he was going to attack, he noticed that a frigate was operating on the channel north entrance. Crippa quickly turn towards the new target emptying the two 30mm gun canon and all 5 inches rockets on the HMS Agronaut provoking some damage and 3 wounded.
Produced by Super Model in 1:72 scale the kit is made of 49 parts injected in light gray soft plastic plenty of details, some recessed but mostly raised. Two clear parts are fair and let you shown your model with the cockpit opened or closed. The airbrake can be positioned open or closed. Also came with two sets of wingtip fuel tanks, under wing pylons, two rocket launchers two under wing fuel tanks and sensors. Building process goes smoothly and no mayor issue has to be addressed.
Shortly before their transfer to the Malvinas/Falklands, and on the first week of April 1982, the Aermacchi 339 replace their white and red training colors for a two tone camouflage scheme dark tan and medium green. The under surfaces remain with the original white color.
With the profile shape on hand I carved the canon out of wood, then prepared a mold and reproduce both canons with resin. The fuel tanks and rocket launchers are provided with the kit.
What I really enjoy the most was the research process about the Malvinas/Falklands war. Besides the canons, I built the kit straight out of the box. The kit is good and recommended for intermediate skill modelers and up.
- Book "Guerra Aérea en las Malvinas"