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Trumpy A-6A Intruder VA-196 ' Main battery' WIP

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Ok, guy's, i shot the bullet....

 

Today i received some extra goodies (aftermarket) to start on my A-6A Intruder project. 

 

So what i have @ the moment

 

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And also numerous book's regarding U.S. Navy aircraft and carriers.

 

I've got also this gem......

 

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Original APH-6C helmet with MS.220001 oxygen mask. Belonged to a A-6A Intruder pilot during his Vietnam tour. Probably from VA-196 'Main Battery'. I said probably because there is some doubt between certain specialist regarding the subject. No matter what, there is no photographic evidence at the moment to give a final conclusion.

 

What i know : Avionix cockpit set is for a late A-6A. Still, it has the wrong GRU-7 ejection seat's. 

 

What i don't know : When came the A-6A late version in service??

 

                                 Was the KA-6D at the time period 1970-72 equipped with the GRU-7 or was it's still having the GRU-5 seat's??

 

Are there any guy's over there can answer these question's??

 

Hopefully i can finish this one around august 2019

 

Regards

 

Danny

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1 hour ago, Marcel111 said:

Hello Danny, great to see you get tucked into this one, I will be following for sure!

 

Marcel

Thank's Marcel,

 

Still, need to do some more research, so patience please, i will keep you guy's noticed.

 

Regrads

 

Danny

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Nice! I will certainly follow this one. I'm not really a jet guy but is one i will once build. Such a beautifull aircraft.

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Ok time to open up the Trumpy A-6A kit. First thing to do, looking for a pair of decent GRU-5 ejection seat's?? I hoped Avionix did do their home-work right, but when i opened up the box, disappointment struck me. Two very beautiful casted GRU-7 seat's where revealed when i opened the box.............sadly,not good for a A-6A, so i went looking for the right seat's. Gladly, this problem will soon be solved:speak_cool: so i can sleep on both of my ears.

 

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Still, this is a very nice resin cockpit set from Avionix.

 

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The IP of the Avionix resin set is beautiful casted, but beware because the IP is configured for a late Intruder. The center panel houses the RWR display, not found on early Intruders.

 

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Tomorrow i will start this beast, so stay tuned for more.                                                                                                                                             

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I'll be building a Vietnam era Intruder for the Multi-Engine GB, so I'll be taking notes. Looking forward to learning from your build.

 

Mike 

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I did some work today on the Avionix A-6A pit. First thing to do, make it ready for a proper fit into the fuselage parts before painting. Some sanding and cutting, but not much to make the Avionix pit fit between the fuselage part's.

 

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Next, glueing the tiny details into the pit.

 

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One of the most obvious thing's i did notice where the absence of the two rudder pedals. Seem's Avionix did forget about them, so i took the kit part rudder pedals and fit them into the resin pit. Maybe not completely accurate, but it sure will give the whole cockpit a more realistic appearance.

 

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I didn't bother about the two ejection seat's because they are the wrong ones, so i will wait until i get the proper ones.

 

One mysterie part keep's spinning in my head

 

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I can't figure out where to put that tiny panel, anybody??

 

Regards

 

Danny

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I should mention, I have made the wheels for this version as well.

 

The Avionix seat is not really a GRU-7 either. It's a frankenseat of some kind.

 

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“I can't figure out where to put that tiny panel, anybody??

 

Just thinking out loud here, Nothing definitive from me, but it sure looks similar to the RWR panel you showed above that needs removed for early intruders.

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59 minutes ago, Harold said:

I should mention, I have made the wheels for this version as well.

 

The Avionix seat is not really a GRU-7 either. It's a frankenseat of some kind.

 

Yes i know Harold, stupid i didn't think about it. :o

 

53 minutes ago, themongoose said:

“I can't figure out where to put that tiny panel, anybody??

 

Just thinking out loud here, Nothing definitive from me, but it sure looks similar to the RWR panel you showed above that needs removed for early intruders.

Could be, didn't think about that possibility. Thank's for pointing out.:speak_cool:

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WIP cockpit A-6A Intruder. Most of the painting is almost done to the cockpit, still some weathering to do and the GRU-5 ejection seat's which are on their way.

 

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Some reference.

 

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With the help of some Airscale set's it's easy to replicate some dials.

 

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I started on the IP. The radar display's are done with some Tamiya clear orange and clear green first.

 

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After this was done, i poured some clear resin into the radar displays which gave them a nice shiny glass appearance.

 

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Still need to do some weathering to the cockpit, but for now, a quick dry-fit gives a nice impression how thing's are gonna be looking.

 

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Regards

 

Danny

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Wow, that looks like nice pit even before you have done the weathering. The radar screens look excellent, I will use the idea of the clear orange or green with resin over the top.

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Looking great!    Where did you find the correct seats?    Also, how did you come by that flight helmet?  Must be pretty cool to have that in the man-cave.   

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