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Bill Cross

What do I need to do an A-6A w. all bells & whistles?

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Matter of opinion of course as to what is priority. For me I'd go probably (in no order within each group):

 

Must haves:
* Decals. I'm biased, but even so, the kit decals are just bad in everyway (color, accuracy, mispellings, shapes, etc). Replace them entirely, including stenciling, with anyone's aftermarket (Superscale, Zotz, or (plug) AOA).
* Ejection seats. Kit doesn't have correct ones for an A and the seats are really visible with the big A-6 canopy so really obvious

 

Borderline-to-must haves:
* Wheels for A-6A (smooth hub)
* Intakes. Kit ones are manageable but the resins ones (GT or Rhino) are a lot better and easier (personally I'd get them)
* Exhaust. Sierra Hotel all the way but good luck getting. Definitely get them if you can, great improvement over kit, but kit ones may not be too obvious lacking since they're not fancy afterburner engines.

 

Nice to have but skippable:
* PE is ok, but to me personally I find I don't bother with  most of it (your mileage may vary...)
* Pitot tube (they're cheap so why not get)
* Cockpit (Avionix)
* Canopy masks

 

Not A-6 specific, but for me other must haves for the build, especially with the A-6 with (literally) tons of big loads:
* Eduard MERs/TERs. Kit ones aren't horrible, but the resin ones are far better.
* Aftermarket ordnance (Eduard, VA, AMS, etc) & drop tanks. Kit ones are generally bad, crappy ordnance to me ruins an otherwise good kit.

 

I'm sure I'm missing something. I'd go for all though I could!

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4 hours ago, Bill Cross said:

I am feeling some strong urges to tackle the Trumpeter A6=A in USMC Vietnam-era colors (land-based or carrier-based is equally OK).

 

If you're looking for USMC in Vietnam, you're in luck since every overall scheme of all four of the Marine A-6 squadrons are available in 1/32 decals:

Zotz has -533 in 1972-73

AOA has -225 in 1969-71, -242 in 1966-70, and -533 in 1967-69 & 1972-73 in sheet 32-001, and -224 in 1971-72 in sheet 32-009

 

Since you want USMC in Vietnam ERA and not necessarily Vietnam, there's also upcoming AOA sheet 32-029 that has three more -533 schemes in between their SEA deployments and also immediate post deployment.

Edited by ziggyfoos

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1 hour ago, ziggyfoos said:

 

If you're looking for USMC in Vietnam, you're in luck since every overall scheme of all four of the Marine A-6 squadrons are available in 1/32 decals:

Zotz has -533 in 1972-73

AOA has -225 in 1969-71, -242 in 1966-70, and -533 in 1967-69 & 1972-73 in sheet 32-001, and -224 in 1971-72 in sheet 32-009

 

Since you want USMC in Vietnam ERA and not necessarily Vietnam, there's also upcoming AOA sheet 32-029 that has three more -533 schemes in between their SEA deployments and also immediate post deployment.

I would prefer in country (or offshore). Thanks. That's amazing how complete the selection is.

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I prefer (and got) AMS GRU-5 seats than Retrowings seats.

I also have Zotz and AOA decals sheets for 2 different Alphas. (1 with the standard arms)

Edited by Luca

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