How to build your provost

Here are the instruction sheets for the two kits

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nowadays colours are called out in Humbrol codes, and the colours are shown in glorious Technicolor! The decal placement is similar

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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.

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