ericg Posted October 25, 2015 Share Posted October 25, 2015 (edited) G'day guys, A quick break from my 1/48 Concorde build: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=58251has seen me building Trumpeters A-4E converted to an Aussie spec A-4G of the Royal Australian Navy. I know I have quite a few other large scale models on the go at the moment but this one is being built in honour of my good mate Bruce Chapman who recently passed away. Bruce was a big fan of the Skyhawk and he lent me his excellent photo albums that contained a really good walkaround of RNZAF Skyhawks that he took when they were operational. The kit is quite nice with only a few things required to bring it to standard. First up is the wing. The slats wells are stepped into the wing on the kit and require to be cut out and repositioned flush with the rest of the wing. The Vortex generators are far too fat and are also at the wrong angle on the kit. I have thinned each one down with a file whilst also using the fatness of each protrusion to change its angle. You can see some yet to be modified generators at the top right hand side of the pic. Next up is the filling of the chaff/flare dispensers. I have used plastic card to fill the holes in the rear one and reversed the 2 plastic dispensers to fill the forward units. The top of the rudder was moulded integrally with the top of the fin. This was cut off and glued to the rudder and then smoothed. The bottom of the rudder contains a rather large gap between it and the fuselage. This was filled with plastic card and then I made an actuator rod from Brass and plastic card. I want to pose the horizontal stabilizers and the elevators in the up position. This required cutting a hole through both sides of the tail in order to depict the large gap that is visible when they are in this position. There are a few other mods happening in this area but more on that later. The small piece of plastic card that I have inserted in the hole is a cheat to square up the cut that I made. I have used the Aires detail set on this build including their excellent wheel bays. Practically a drop in fit. I also used the Aires cockpit. I chose to not use the Aires instruments though the clear IP, rather painting the IP and then laying down Airscale instrument decals, which has turned out nicely. Interestingly, I used mostly 1/48 decals to fill each instrument as they fit far better than their 1/32 version (but don't tell anyone) A week or so's work has revealed this nice little build. Noticeable is the AMS intakes and wheels, as well as the Quickboost scoops. Edited January 14, 2016 by ericg andromeda673, Greg W, scvrobeson and 5 others 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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