karimb Posted September 30, 2015 Share Posted September 30, 2015 Good evening guys and gals! how am i going to put all of this into perspective... Okay, lets first start off with the timeline of this WIP. I had a week off, went back home to Beirut and just came back to Qatar today at 0600 back to work. Before getting my days off, i had already started thinking about what i was going to start working on, now after narrowing things down to two kits ( Another A4M skyhawk, or the Intruder) i decided the time had come to start work on the intruder. I had been slowly gathering AM stuff for this kit (and its twin in the stash) for a while now, and really looking forward to starting work on it. During my time 'away' from home i have slowly been digesting 'A-6 Intruder in detail and scale', 'Verlinden LockOn N20', 'WarbirdTech A-6 Intruder' and the 'Aerofax Grumman EA-6A' publications and i started having an overall picture of what i wanted to do with the kit...but then this changed along the way lol so lets go step by step and shed some light on the hows and whys... first of all the reason why i am writing this WIP in a 'post reporting' fashion is, as some of you may know, the laptop i have left back home is a very old laptop that doesnt really handle photobucket and posting on lsp in a multitasking fashion at the same time. That said laptop has received of late the honorary title of steam powered brick! so what i decided to do was to take all the photos during the wip, write down some notes, and once i got back to Doha, write up all i have managed to do during the week. i dont know how good my memory wil serve me or if this is going to be any good but i will try my best! now if this doesnt really work well i will during my next visit home do daily updates to this WIP (going back home on the 9th of October for a week). Lets see how this goes! What ive noticed is there are not many WIPs of the Intruder on the internet, mostly completed ones (and those are scarce relatively) and i think its a shame. its a lovely subject and trumpeter has managed to make a really nice kit out of it. Here goes, the kits in question i have bought back when it came out were two trumpeter 1/32 A6-As. Since then i have managed to gather aftermarket for both of them (although also of note, the AM guys didnt really jump on the bandwagon for this one! go wonder). For this kit in question, i will be using Eduard's Exterior PE, Interior coloured PE, Seatbelts coloured PE, and the Undercarriage PE set, also i will be using the WONDERFUL AOA Decals sheet Intruders from the beach (more on that in a bit) and the Avionix resin cockpit for the A6-A (also more on that in a bit). The kit itself comes in a huge box and the part count as per box if i remember right says something like 560+ parts. Some photos of the kit unboxing below and the am stuff For comparison this is a glass that can take 300ml ( a regular glass lol) its almost as high as the kit box, not quite! Just a quick word here is due concerning the AOA decals. Theyre the BEST i have seen concerning print register and research. you dont get any instruction sheet or anything, what you get is a thoroughly and extensively well researched package that comes on a mini disk that comprises 47 pages. You get one section concerning what to modify in the trumpeter kit to get the correct A6-A variant, you get a couple of pages of the possible loadouts for each of vikings, batmen and hawks based on internal reports from the marines and based on actual pictures of the period, you get a section for stenciling and thoroughly well explained slides for each of the aircraft tails you can build from the different VMAs all with individual explanations on what to add or remove, the timeframe and any special information of interest to the modeler... tbh i am really very very pleased with what i got in the package, and i cant recommend it enough... The avionix resin cockpit. i havent managed to buy two of those when i bought it as the store i bought it from only carried one. The cockpit itself looks very nice and has been reviewed on the internet in a couple of places. its basically the kit cockpit but spiced up with some extra wiring and missing electronic boxes. I ended up not using the resin cockpit set on the kit for a couple of reasons. First of all, due to the way this kit comes together, there is a middle 'spine' that runs down between the two fuselage halves and the kit cockpit has a slot in which this spine sits to line things up. The avionix cockpit doesnt come with this slot where the spine sits. Second reason is i had all the eduard interior colour pe and didnt want to do a mutant version of the eduard and avionix cockpit as in my opinion the flat pe would negate the reason why we would upgrade to a nice 3d resin cockpit. Cockpit went in the box of the second intruder in the stash for use someday down the line. One thing of note though is the ejection seats in the avionix set are TOP NOTCH with the harnesses cast differently on each seat. a very nice touch indeed... An overview of the part trees minus the weaponry Very nice detailing. The mad riveter gang was on holidays! The clear parts are a big chunk of real estate, and they are super super clear and to be honest i cant find any faults in them or any distortion. This pegged the overall mood concerning the kit up in the 'happy' region. Ive managed to narrow down two schemes that she will be finished in, one from Batmen and one from Hawks As you can notice in the two photos, you get in the written text an insight on all the research that has been done for each of the possible schemes (You have a choice of 23 marking options) plus what you should have on the specific aircraft you want to do ie an/apr25, ale-18, flak curtain etc...very happy with that... Now the mental image i had built over the couple of weeks before starting this wip was mostly based on those three photos i took from the 'in detail and scale' publication. i wanted to build an intruder with all the hatches open, a completely scratchbuilt engine bay, and guess what (because it is true as youll see in the photos) a complete engine hanging on the outboard pylon for maintenance. Yes, i also was surprised and i had to squint and look twice to make sure of it, apparently when maintenance ran out of space or didnt have a proper trolley to put the engine on when removed for maintenance, they used to hang it off on the outboard pylon and work on it there... proof below This was the plan (which changed the last day of the wip before i packed and went back to Doha!). Anyways, along the build, after having worked and completed the scratchbuilt interior bay and prepared the engine with all the wiring hanging loose and prepped all, i decided to change directions in the build, have the radome in the closed position (i just love the lines of the aircraft with the nose closed) have the engine in its place, but with the covering panels open, and have a 22 mk80 bomb load attached. The reason is with my previous build of the CF104, i built the airplane with most of the panels open for maintenance, and i thought this time it would be nice to have clean lines with the beautiful decals showing and some weaponry attached instead of a bare 'in maintenance' state aircraft... Here goes then, lets start with how this build proceeded up to yesterday but i will be doing that in a second post below as i cannot fit any more pictures in this one! See you guys below lol ! 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