allthumbs Posted November 21, 2014 Share Posted November 21, 2014 (edited) Several weeks ago I started work on converting Trumpeter's 1/32 Grumman A-6A Intruder into an EA-6A "Electric Intruder." For some reason, I have always been interested in this aircraft. There’s a certain mystique surrounding it; very few were produced; its role, electronic warfare, was not particularly glamorous; and, since the early 1970s, it has been largely overshadowed by its successor, the four-seat EA-6B Prowler. Finally, the EA-6A is one of the few U. S. military cold war era types I've not viewed close-up, despite lots of airshows and museum visits over the years. There's a certain design elegance to the Electric Intruder. It's most distinguishing feature, the large aerodynamic tail pod, gracefully complements the rest of the airframe - blunt and rounded toward the front, tapering smoothly to a sharp angular backside. And despite limited production (only 28 were made including the prototypes), they sported a wide variety of paint jobs and squadron markings. From the plainly marked Vietnam War era designs... ...to the more flashy and colorful schemes of the 70's... ...and ending its days, appropriately, grey and weathered in the ubiquitous “tactical paint scheme.” Although I've been a model airplane enthusiast for most of my life, I'm not a prolific builder (I've amassed quite a stash of unbuilt kits and aftermarket accessories over the years, however - sound familiar?). Despite the appeal of the project, I was a bit irresolute in the beginning, especially given my lack of recent experience. So I decided to start with the most challenging items - the conversion pieces. That way, if I came across anything insurmountable, my investment was minimal and I could "un-convert" the kit back to an attacker. So far, so good. I'm happy to report that the "hard part" is mostly behind me now, although I still have a long way to go. And who knows what challenges unforeseen lie ahead? Rich Edited September 7, 2022 by allthumbs Pictures restored, some text edited daveculp, Lee White, AlbertD and 4 others 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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