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Thursday, 13 May 2010

Heller Humbrol Lockheed T-33 Thunderbird

An early 1980's Heller Humbrol kit in 1/72 scale of a Lockheed T-33 Thunderbird.

In 1981, French model kit maker Heller was taken over by the holding group of Humbrol based in Hull, UK.

One unfortunate result of the takeover (in my opinion), was the change in the quality of box art.... for comparison, please see my blog post I made about a Heller kit of a de Havilland Fb.5 Vampire.

The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, also known as the Thunderbird, was a training aircraft first flown in 1948. The T-33 was developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80. Production of the T-33 continued in the United States until 1959. It was produced under licence in Canada and Japan. A total of 6557 aircraft were delivered including 5691 by Lockheed.

T-33's have seen service with over thirty different air forces around the world mainly in training roles although a few saw combat, for example with the Cuban Air Force during the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.
The Bolivian Air Force continue to operate the T-33 to this day.

This kit is currently for sale on Ebay. Please click here to view the auction now.

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