A-7D The "Tacos" New Mexico ANG 1991 Gunsmoke A-7 Top gun 1/32 Trumpeter A-7D with AirDoc Decals.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:29 PM
This pic shows the collar i built around the tube.
This shows the complete assembly dry fitted to the A-7E fuselage. Shows the tube in place, and the reinforcements on the kit tube.
A pic down the intake showing how it looks.
Pic of it installed in the D. Doesn`t really show much.
I`ll see if i can show with the E parts to show what i had to do to the Wing stuff.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:49 AM
All the best
Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:48 AM
I finalized the weapons load starting on the right outer pylon. An ALQ-119 ECM pod, TER with 3 MK82 AIR Ballutes, LANA pod, Sidewinders on fuselage pylons, Drop tank, TER with 3 MK82 AIR Ballutes, and the outer pylon empty. I found these Ballutes in the spares box, they come from the Tornado IDS kits by Revell/Monogram. Don`t see these too often on any builds.
Posted 08 February 2010 - 03:46 AM
Can't wait to see it decalled
Hey Rick!! I did the masking with Blu-Tak worms. Still had to go back and do some touch-ups but find it`s the best for very tight demarcation lines. Finally managed to get everything painted and glosscoated and will start decalling tomorrow. The dark grey looks blue, trust me it is Gunship Grey.
Posted 09 February 2010 - 03:51 AM
Thanks Ian!! Started in on the decals tonight. Not a lot of stencils on this build , which i like. The AirDoc decals are very nice, but due to me not having a smooth enough glosscoat, some of them silvered. These decals have to have a glass smooth surface to apply right. I`ll have to cut and reapply decal solution to get rid of the silvering. I think next time i will use Future as a setting solution. Still have to decal the weapons, i`ll use the kit decals for them. One pic for the night, showing the tail markings.
Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:18 PM
I used AirDoc decals - 48 scale on mine - and they were pretty good. I managed to get a pretty smooth gloss coat thankfully so they went on OK with regular setting solution.
And I love those crocodile clips. I really must get some of those to make the painting of "the fiddly bits" much easier. Thanks for the tip you've given without knowing you've given it!
Don't drop the pace now Don, get it finished!!
Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:06 PM
I finished the wash and final clear coats. I used Promodeller dark dirt wash for the light grey and made up my own very dark almost black wash for the dark grey. The dark dirt wash disappeared on the Gunship Grey, so i went with a darker wash, turned out OK. The final clear coat is a departure for me. Pictures i found in old Air Combat magazines and on the `net show these birds had a clean satin finish, definitley not flat. I should be able to begin final assembly today, might have it done by the time the long weekend is over.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:29 PM
Thanks, POMPEO!!! I managed to finish the build today. Despite the fact it has a squashed face, it looks like an A-7D to me. The build itself was relativley painless, at least it stayed glued together. I have to say, after building a few Trumpeter kits i`m pretty pleased with the way they go together. Anyway, back to the build. Paint used was Model Master Acryl for the main colors with Tamiya and Pollyscale used for minor areas, all applied with a Azet airbrush. I left the Sidewinders off as i need find striping to finish them. The canopy seals i used Aizu masking tape, .7 mm thick on the INSIDE of the canopy. I think painting the seal on the outside looks "wrong" as the seal is under between the canopy and frame on the real thing. I then painted it black to dirty it up a bit and to blend in on the inside. Anyway, on to some pics.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:21 PM
That's a lovely looking A-7, especially in this scheme. Any chance of pics of the Corsair and Crusader together? Either way, very well done to get two kits finished (especially with the setback of the non-gluing kit).
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