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unang43

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After taking a bit of a break after the S-3 Viking, I'm going to tackle the 1/48 Revell A-6E Intruder.

I've had this one in the stash for a little while and would like to build it before having a crack at the Hobby Boss 1/48 A-6A and A-6E kits which I have on order. I also have the Revell 1/48 EA-6A however, I'll see how this build goes first and decide whether to wait for HB to, hopefully, release their own EW bird.

I have the Avionix resin cockpit for this, so will hopefully be able to make the cockpit pop a little bit:

I'll be doing it as a VA-196 "Main Battery" bird. I love the VA-35 "Panthers" markings, but will wait to get the HB kit before doing this squadron.:

The major problem with this kit is the raised panel lines so I'll be rescribing (or attempting to) the whole thing:

Had a go at one of the wings and the horizontal stabilisers. A little bit challenging and still some clean up to do, but should be able to make them presentable in the end. The fuselage is going to be another kettle of fish altogether:


Hacked away the casting blocks on the resin cockpit pieces, gave them a rinse in warm soapy water and leave them to dry. Will give them a priming coat tomorrow and see how they come up. Nice so far though. 

Must say that the cockpit instructions are rubbish from Avionix. There are parts for a HUD but you cannot see in the instructions how it goes together. Additionally, the Navs station on the IP seems to be missing a piece and is pretty poorly represented. Will be able to see it better once primer is on it.

Anywho, this is the start, we'll see how it pans out over the coming weeks [crazy]

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This is still a classic but very good kit and with the cockpit set will make it even better. I have  the same kit in the stash but with the Verlinden  set.
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I've decided to crack on with the Avionix resin cockpit before doing anymore re-scribing. Primed, painted black and then some dry brushing with Tamiya XF-19 has brought out the details nicely on the IP, coaming and the seats.




Much more to do to these but it's the start.

Glued the main cockpit resin parts together with 2 part epoxy resin for added strength due to the angle that the rear sill sits to the cockpit tub. Used the kit as a jig to get the angle right. Primed, painted panels black and will mask tomorrow for a coat or two of Tamiya XF-54.


Experimented with India Ink on the Revell cockpit to see if it would work to provide depth. First attempt ended up making the whole thing flat dark grey with little accentuation of the detail.



Thinned down with some water. Initially the results were promising, but ended up pooling in the wrong places.


I think I bought the wrong ink, so will head back to the stationary store tomorrow and buy some different brands.

Looking forward to getting the cockpit completed this weekend so I can get back to re-scribing the other wing and the fuselage.

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Sean

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Love the A-6E Intruder as well as the movie, "Flight of the Intruder". Very nice WIP thread. thanks for sharing the progress!
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Thanks Ted. Yep, that movie constantly pops into my head when I'm working on this. Ages since I've watched it. Might provide some inspiration down the track.

OK, cockpit done. Quite happy with the cockpit tub and the seat.








From the photos I'm not happy with the ejection pull cords, but the real thing looks much better at scale. Going to leave them until the cockpit goes in and if I'm not happy I'll redo them with another method. [frown]

Anyway, now back onto the re-scribing. I'll check in next once that is done, parts are cleaned up, and fuselage and wings glued together 

Cheers!

Sean

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Very nice work Sean, cockpit is looking great :-). Like the Intruder very much and looking forward to your next post.
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Really nice work Sean, the cockpit is looking the business, your painting has really brought out the details!
I think the ejection pulls look fine

Great subject choice too mate. I love the intruder, some people think it's ugly but I really like the shape and it's a really good aircraft too

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That's a great looking kit.
Very nice start to.

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Looking sharp up in the front office!
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Apologies, it has been a while since updating, but had parents visiting plus my son, so been hard to get some good solid work done on the tadpole.

The fuel tanks and stores have been painted, as well as the undercarriage. Nothing clear coated yet so very plain at the moment.

Everything is now waiting on me getting the fuselage and wings sanded and glued. I've been procrastinating with this job due to the amount of filler I threw on there to make sure everything was gap free. Additionally, the curves on this are complex which makes filling and sanding a chore. At least I got the intakes painted and installed. Pretty basic but enough to give the idea. Resin cockpit was not a perfect fit, so filled the gap with styrene strip and now filling.



I'm liking the inside of the canopy. The resin just sets it all off.

Long weekend here (4 days) this weekend, so hoping to break the back of it and be on the home run by Monday.

Cheers!

Sean

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Very much looking the part Sean! I need to finish mine ...
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Day 3 of a 4 day long weekend and progress is being made.

Got the IP and the combing in place, which was an absolute bugger. Just not enough space. I don't think it was a problem with the Avionix resin parts, more likely my stuff-up by having the cockpit tub installed wrong and not giving enough space to get everything else in. Why didn't I install everything before closing the fuselage halves?? Good question, well asked (which I said to myself a hundred times). D'oh!!! Anyway it's in:



Got the wings on, not a good fit so plenty of filling:



Problem is the combing sat too high and made a difficult fit for the front part of the canopy to sit snuggly into the fuselage. Tried to thin down the clear part but no dice. So decided to try and build up the nose with Tamiya putty to meet the canopy. Looks pretty nasty:



After priming with Tamiya Surface Primer (Grey) came up pretty well:




End of day got the pre-shading finished. Had some problems with starting to paint the horizontal stabilizers white (Tamiya XF-1 thinned with lacquer thinners) as I think the primer and pre-shading hadn't cured yet so the white started to crack). Will leave it until tomorrow to get going with the final paint scheme:



Hopefully have some more up tomorrow. Cheers!

Sean



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Petem1966

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hiya.
I've had a really bad episode of paint crazing on a motorcycle build, that involved Tamiya paint and Humbrol clear. After many hours of internet searches and a chat to the peeps at humbrol the conclusion was that the two layers (in this case paint and clear coat) shrank at different rates hence the crazing. The trouble was once it started it wouldn't go away no mater how long I left it to cure I ended up stabilizing it by brushing on Johnson's clear which reduced the problem. I'm wondering if you are getting differential shrinkage by using lacquer thinners, presumable the thinners will flash off quite quickly at the surface but once a skin is formed the lower lying paint will cure more slowly...just a thought hope you solve the issue, love what you've done so far so cant wait to see how it turns out.
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Thanks Pete. Usually i use Mr Surfacer to prime which has never given me problems, but i had a spare can of Tamiya surfacer so went with that. It seems to be where my pre-shading is which was Tamiya Black (gloss) acrylic with acrylic thinner. I think youre right, the Tamiya Primer is still curing which buggered the acrylic. Anywho, pressing on. Cheers! Sean
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unang43

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A liitle longer than a day, but an update. After letting the Tamiya surface primer go off, finally got the white coat on the underside. Used Tamiya XF-2 acrylic thinned down with Mr Hobby lacquer thinner. Sorry if I'm telling folk how to suck eggs, but using the lacquer thinner stops the XF-2 from going all powdery. Able to get a nice smooth coat down ready for gloss coat and decals. Is also thin enough to control the opaqueness so the pre-shading is lost. Quite happy with how my re-scribing has come up as well.




Tomorrow is masking and then grey (FS 26440) on top. Hopefully decaling this weekend. Thanks for looking. [wave]

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