DS Air to air refuelling: KA-6D&A-7E (A-7 finished on to KA-6D)
Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:01 PM
Really looking forward to the next faze of this build.
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Posted 19 February 2018 - 01:54 PM
thanks Kiwizac. to be fair there are quite a few pictures i didn't dare posting because of that very reason, the winter and low light condition in my hobby room (and my lack of indoor photography skill) didn't help with the subtility of the weathering.
I confess to having thought you were going overboard with the panel weathering but in natural light it looks spot-on. Bravo!
One thing also to consider is that the final matt coat will serioulsy blend prior painting, so to reach a desired effect at the end, you often need to go a bit heavy otherwise the effect might be too subtle once completely finished.
Thanks, not sure i can finish the intruder for the event, we'll see
I like it a lot, great result - I hope to see the finished scene in Putte later this year!
Thanks, i'm very glad i changed the decals indeed.
I think that the extra work on the decals was the right call, and the paint and weathering is spot on.
thank you all for your comments. I'll take a small break just to order some PE detail for the intruder cockpit and I'll get the intruder out of its box soon
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Posted 19 February 2018 - 01:58 PM
In any way i'm glad i used them and IMHO they helped quite a lot to give a better looking Corsair.
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 11:03 AM
As with the corsair, many parts will be discarded. it's a real shame because this model scream for a landing, deck or launch configuration.
well, i'll just have to build another one someday (hoping for a prowler)
Anyway i chosed not to source the resin cockpit but just the seats. The cockpit will be closed and populated with two pilots so not much will be left visible anyway.
On the other hand i sourced the eduard cockpit PE.
the KA-6D conversion is provided by SB and consists of an observer panel, the reel system, hose guide and the rear end for the ventral bag. I will probably install a buddy refuelling pod in place of the ventral bag. Indeed the KA-6D often had the pod in case of issues with the genuine reel system.
Seamless intakes are a welcome addition since i don't have the luxury to install intake covers on this one. decals are from AOA and consist of both the stencils and the desert storm sheet. Unfortunately none of the options for a refueller so i will have to add my own decals to the lot and discard a lot of the AOA decals.
The choice of squadron ended on VA-35. Probably 524 but that's not set in stone yet
First order of business was to compare the wing bags with hasegawa's skyhawks
i heard a lot of complaints about misshapen fuel tanks and since i have some hasegawa for a brazilian AF-1 project i'd figure i'd make my own mind:
Length is the same, front section is identical
the problem starts around mid section and the trumpeter ones are much thinner than the hasegawa towards the rear.
So yes there's definitely a difference
That said it's far from critical. most of the problems are hidden by the wings, at least when viewed from above. So i think i can live with this, especially since i need 4 of them and i do not have 4 hasegawa spares.
To me the issue is not worth correcting.
the trumpeter ones lack détails at the rear end and that needs to be addressed though.
resin seats were removed from their casting blocks (yes i broke one because there's no room to get your saw blade in there)
the belts were removed as i will seat both pilots. doing so will require the seat cushions to be modified for the pilots to blend nicely in. That's the pencilled area.
This time it looks like the huge pilots from Master's are fitting the cockpit nicely. Looks like i'll finally be able to use them after all.
I was planning to induce the boredom of such missions for the BN by having the right guy reading a book.
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