Revell A-10 Thunderbolt II 1:48- part 2: Construction

The A-10 has landed in my paintbooth last night so time to update the blog with some construction pictures!

The revell warthog is fun to build without too much difficulties. Especially the way you have to glue in the cockpit tub after you close the fuselage to me makes sense. Often a kit instruction manual makes you glue in the pit assembly to one of the fuselage halves and merge it with the other half. Often i find that it leaves a gap to the one side as a consequence. This way of assembly lets you dryfit and fiddle as you please.

It did take a little bit of clamping but any sensible modeller has an ample supply of these!

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This mold, according to stamps on the tail is from 1986 and has all the hallmarks of that era: raised detail and some excess plastic due to the age of the mold. It is not a tamigawa and requires careful dryfitting and filling. Apart from this it really is a joy to build.

As i went along i filled and sanded the model in stages. The fuselage before mating with the wings and vice versa in order to facilitate easy access.

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I did not take a picture of it but care must be taken with the wheel housing nacelles. Pretty terrible fit in this area leaving gaps and ridges but luckily easily accessible and dealt with. Another yucky spot was the canopy which is slightly larger than the fuselage leaving a gap underneath that would leave paint fume residue if left unclosed.

It is a bit of a personal thing i guess but i noticed alot of monogram offerings have sprue attachment points like these:

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Not a big deal if you carefully cut them away but i used to use my side cutters for these at first when i built my first monograms, often leaving marred plastic edges. Do use your knife here.

Ofcourse the kit comes with an ample supply of ordnance. Oddly enough no rocket launchers or self defence sidewinders. It does come with the ECM pod and six pretty ok Maverick missiles as well as a big centreline fuel pod.

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Finally i arrived at this result (at this point i still had to fill the wheel housing and canopy)

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As i explained in the introduction the plan is to give this model a more unusual JAWS paintjob in tan with colored blotches. Should be fun to spray!

 

Sprue Cutters Union #18 : Inspiratzione

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Inspiration. The start of any creative expression…

This week Jon wants us to talk about what makes us inspired to start building our next model.

Initially i thought “thats gonna be a short post…” Ill try my hardest to elaborate somewhat as i go along. The fact is, at least for me anyways, that inspiration and/ or desire to build a certain subject can literally strike me from anywhere . It could be from watching a movie, reading a book or magazine, researching the web or tweaking out on youtube. Playing a game, while taking some quality time in the little frogs room (you’d be surprised, no seriously) or even while talking to a collegue! Inspiration literally strikes from anywhere imaginable.

In my case i can explain a bit maybe by sharing some finished work and what inspired me at the time.

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This is an obvious one…. I play flight simulators alot and this il-2 i simply had to do based on the game with the same name.

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Historical photographs of ww2 era submarines performing emergency surface drills inspired me to make this vignette

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This deep snow winter dio was inspired by an article in a magazine

So you see how various methods can inspire me… Then lastly there is also the sort of kits that “talk” to me when i am at the store. My latest aquisition is just such a case:

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Initially i entered my lhs thinking about maybe getting revell’s excellent B-17 again or this airfix Ju87 i saw during an earlier visit. Then i spotted this one and i grabbed it without hesitation, totally going with my gut feeling and feeling inspired just by seeing the kit on the shelf.

I personally like how my inspiration takes me haphazardly into totally different subjects all the time. It keeps things new and fresh. It can also be somewhat frustrating as i can jump from interest to interest in a matter of minutes.

My current A-10 build was started as i told myself to stop flip flopping and go for it as i was researching hurricane kits one day, frogfoots the next and warthogs on the third…. sometimes i cant even keep up with myself!

Sprue Cutters Union #17: The big one

Welcome back again to yet a new Sprue Cutters Union post. A group of blogging modellers who talk about the same subject in their own respective views. Every new week the founder of the union comes up with a new topic and everyone with a blog and a shared interest is welcome to join! Just write your article and submit it to Jon over at The Combat Workshop!

This weeks topic:

If you had the time and resources to work on your ultimate big dream project, what would that be?

I am going to have to bend the rules of the blog here a little because i have no such ambition (yet) when we talk about modelling in plastic. 

Assuming i would have the patience and ability (not to mention health) to keep motivated during the project, there always has been an image in my head of a retired grey haired grumpy old frog with prostate problems working on his old age dream: A fully scratchbuilt wooden Man o’ War!

There are 1000+ dollar kits outthere that build up into stunning museum quality models. An example of such a kit is Victory Models “Vanguard”:

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Don’t get me wrong here, i would lie steal and kill for such a kit as it is simply the best stuff money can buy outthere, but we are talking about my dream project here; the biggest baddest awesomest project i could ever imagine. 

So we are going to scratch it, i.e. start with absolutely nothing but blueprints of the real thing and build it exactly as they did centuries ago, in scale. Not only would it involve working with wood but think of having to make rope…casting metal…making sails etc. etc. I have even seen a builder painting the stern of the ship he is working on with a full fledged seascape oil painting…. 

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(photo property of Martin aka boris279, Curacao)

 

Over the years i have followed a handful of these builds in progress and have seen fewer than that completed. We are talking about years of being busy on the same project. Quite a frightning idea really.

To show you an example of what i mean i can share a link here of one master modeller and his build of HMS Victory:

http://www.alexshipmodels.com/BuildLogs/HMSVictory/HMSVictory.htm

See what i mean? This, to me personally, is the absolute ultimate in modelling and a life long dream.

Alas, i am pretty well aware of the fact that this may be one of those things you spend your whole life drewling over yet never get to do. But that is allright with me… I can be perfectly content watching with awe and amazement while these artisan craftsmen do their magic.

Sprue Cutters Union #15: My airbrush setup

This week Jon wants us to talk about what we use to shoot paint…

My own setup could be decribed as a budget one. Not the cheapest stuff you can buy but certainly not top notch.

My airbrush is the best of the two: A Revell “masterclass professional”

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In reality this is a license produced Badger “Vega” airbrush. I love this thing and it is near indestructible! It wont do ultra fine work really well but with some careful mixing and dialing in my compressor it does camo patterns and small blotches just fine.

My compressor….. different story.The revell “starter class” compressor. It’s really only one step up from using propellant cans

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On/ off switch….. pressure knob… no moisture trap or psi meter…. It’s basic

Good thing i found out about it a fewe months back is that it does have an overheating emergency shut down function. When i was working on my Tiger tank recently it just shut off and i thought i broke it. Turned out the camo spraying session overheated it and it shut off automatically…..whew!

I should really get a more sophisticated model but they are really expensive and i keep postponing it. Sofar it never did anything really horrible but it is quite finnicky in terms of controlling the pressure. Basically you turn the knob and brush air on your hand to “feel” the setting.