How to build your provost
Here are the instruction sheets for the two kits
Two very different animals, yet the basic principle of the front page remains the same. A potted history of the aircraft, and some general instructions in various languages.
First let us look at the T.5 instructions. A single sheet, printed both sides in monochrome. Fewer parts, so fewer stages. With line drawings to show the assembly of parts.
The modern instructions are a far more colourful affair, and presented as a booklet. Though the paper feels cheaper and has the look of being printed in house on a laser printer rather than from a master.
More stages, beautifully rendered in computer generated 3D, with painting for minor parts called out en route, as well as identification of previous stages identified in red.
Finally the colour scheme, called out on the older kit in Airfix colour codes, and identified by a variety of hatching methods for each colour, Add in the decal locations, and it requires some careful study, but overall works quite well.
Nowadays colours are called out in Humbrol codes, and the colours are shown in glorious Technicolor! The decal placement is similar
but complemented by a whole separate sheet for the smaller stencilling. Haven’t times changed.
Tomorrow I will look at the decals in more detail.