On July 17 of the year 1950, Hellenic Army received eight (8) PIPER L -18 B from United States of America (USA) for the New settled 190 Squadron's special operation needs. The 190 sqn was titled "EPAR" as the original name of the Aerial Observation. Ten (10) more Aircraft Piper L-18C, were deliverd from USA on November 1950. Piper's were powered with an 90 HP engine without an electric motor (starter). Fifty (50) Aircraft Piper L-21B, two-seater flexible were deliverd on May 1956 form USA again. suitable for recognition tasks. The L-21s replaced the old L-18b and L-18C. The 200 S.E. / provin based in Volos city, delivered those Pipers, assebled and distributed directly to 190 sqn provincial Wing "EPAR" and other EPAR sqns, ready for use. The picture above shows the Piper L-21B 870, belonged to the 197 Squadron Aerial Observation "EPAR". The picture is taken in 1954. Source: http://armyaviation.wordpress.com & http://hellenicarmyaviationhistory.wordpress.com
Minicraft's kit concerns a civil issue of a Piper. Fairly good detail overall, providing the whole engine with an open bonnet .
Take a look at the photos above showing the contents of this Kit.
I have started my work on building cockpit area...as usual!
The Kit's interior seems like a Playmobil toy... That was enough for me to make some improvements and additions.
The seats are covered with wrinkled tissue paper for representing as possible as can be done the aspects of the leather.
The engine compartment consists of 13 pieces (not the best part of the Kit!!!)
The interior frame of canopy was made by plastic strips.
The seats are painted with Humbrol 062 Matt leather and the seat belts was made by cigarette paper.
Model Master Aircraft Interior Black used for painting cockpit.
I wanted all the detail in cockpit's cabin visible as possible could be done.
Kit's injected canopy, was not clear enough, so I made a vacuum formed one from clear gelatin.
For painting my Piper, I used the Model Master Flat Trainer Yellow.
I didn't stuck the wings on fuselage for secure reasons during painting procedure.
The decals for the national insignia come from Plastimodellismo.
The decals for Hellenic Army Aviation are homemade and printed on Expert Choice Clear decal sheet.
At the end I proceed to a gentle wash, using Talens’ black and raw umber oils at a 50/50 ratio, to tone the panel lines, and after that the model was sprayed with Model Master’s mat varnish.