The EMB 110 was designed by the French engineer Max Holste following the specifications of the IPD-6504 program set by the Brazilian Ministry of Aeronautics in 1965.
The goal was to create a general purpose aircraft, suitable for both civilian and military roles with a low operational cost and high reliability. On this measure, the EMB 110 has succeeded. The first prototype, with the military designation YC-95, was flown on 26 October 1968. Two more prototypes were built, and an order placed for 80 production aircraft, by now known as the Bandeirante for the Brazilian Air Force with the newly formed aircraft company Embraer.
The Bandeirante (Pioneer) received its Brazilian airworthiness certificate at the end of 1972.
Further development of the EMB 110 was halted by the manufacturer in order to shift focus to the larger, faster, and pressurized 30-seat EMB 120 Brasilia.
On Dec 15, 2010, the Brazilian Air Force first flew an upgraded EMB 110 equipped with modern avionics equipment. Designated as the C/P-95, the aircraft has had several new systems installed by Israeli firm Elbit Systems' Brazilian subsidiary, Aeroeletronica. The Brazilian Air Force has an active fleet of 96 EMB-110s.
Well this one comes in a small brown end opening box with a picture on the top showing two side profiles and some information in Portuguese. Inside we find a zip lock bag containing nine cream coloured resin parts and three white metal undercarriage parts. The fuselage has a few panel lines while the wings and tail have some more, these are quite shallow and are not over done and should come out with some care full painting. Careful clean up will be required on the trailing edge of the wings and on my example a locating hole in the fuselage for the port wing will require drilling out as will the locating holes for the undercarriage. One of the resin parts is a spare propeller as taking these off the backing film may result in damage, a nice touch. Next item in the box is a small but full decal sheet with items like the national markings done in separate colours which may be tricky when placing them but does solve any alignment issues. Lastly we have an instruction sheet.
These consist of a single sided A4 sheet in colour with parts lay out at the top, always nice, the three stages of construction and finally the two options for markings. The instructions are clear with the only issue being a note in Portuguese as to the gear doors but to me it looks self explanatory although you could run it through one of the online translators if required.
Decals are supplied for two examples of the aircraft:
- 1. 1P-95B 7106 of the Forca Aérea Brasileira – ‘Phoenix’, finished in FS 16622 top sides and FS 17875 undersides
- 2. 265 of the Chilean Navy finished in FS16173, FS15273 & FS16320 camouflaged top sides and FS16622 undersides
The decals look good but with the light reflecting off them I noticed that the decal film does not cover completely one of the windows this is an easy fix but something to watch out for.
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