The Magister is probably Fouga's most well know design. In 1948 the French Air Force were looking for a jet powered aircraft to replace the piston engine trainers. Replacing the first, underpowerd CM130, Fouga re-designed their aircraft with the more powerful Marbore engines, the CM170 Magister. The prototype Magister flew in 1952 with an order for the first 10 being placed in 1953.
The kit comes on four sprues of grey plastic, a clear sprue, and a small resin block with 5 smaller parts on it. The plastic parts are of very good quality, the panel lines are engraved and deep enough to be seen after painting without being trenches. The clear parts are crisp, clear and thin. The resin parts are for the under-fuselage antenna fitted to the different models. These parts are very small and to be
"handled with care".
The excellent decals are from Cartograf. For two planes the dayglow stripes had been removed during war. They leave grey stains which are nearly impossible to reproduce. So I forget them. Markings are provided for four examples:
I choose the Six Days War plane in IDF Blue (Vallejo Model Air FS 35177), Brown (Lifecolor FS 36118) and Light Gray from Revel Aqua Color. All colors were lightly lightened / darkened to match the original shades. Panel line wash with brown watercolors.
Photos and text © by Gerd Wilcken