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  1. Good morning guys, i have this new project wondering around my modelling table for a year now, but i have finally found some time to do some work and to have something to show. You all know the kit, it is the trumpeter's A-7E, there are some things that have to be changed in order to become a -H model but also a lot of things that have to be corrected as the model has a lot of mistakes. I have all the zacto goodies (you cannot build an accurate A-7 without these), eduard and Aires ones as well as some other stuff, that you will see during the build. I think that it is now the time to thank Harold (aka AMS resin) for his help with the A-7 wheels he produced as well as Barry who helped Harold with his scratch work and of course John Wolstenholme (who, IMHO, has built the best A-7 in 1/32 scale) for his help and advice as well as a fellow Greek modeler and a good friend of mine, Vaggelis who has provided me with a lot of pics and measurements of specific parts of the real plane. Here you can see the things i have to correct, sand down, rescribe, scratchbuild etc. I started by trying to correct some bad molding issues and trying to sand down the refueling prob detail, as the -H ones had this item removed I closed the gap and scratch built the cover that was put there I opened the air condition inlet and modified it I sanded down the antennas from the vertical stabilizer and corrected them in terms of shape and position ...
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    1/32 Trumpeter A-7E converted to Hellenic A-7H

    Thanks Joe, it really does!!!! John
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    1/32 Trumpeter A-7E converted to Hellenic A-7H

    And some overall photos with parts dry fitted...I can say that the cockpit is done!!! Hope you like it.... John
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    1/32 Trumpeter A-7E converted to Hellenic A-7H

    The instrument panel....
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    1/32 Trumpeter A-7E converted to Hellenic A-7H

    Started from the cockpit... The seat....
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    1/32 Trumpeter A-7E converted to Hellenic A-7H

    Good morning lads, after a very long time i managed to start with this project again and it is time to ''wake up'' this thread also. A lot of things kept me out, but hey, this is the ''SLUF'' i used to fly with, no way i wouldn't start it again!!! First of all, i glued the avionics panels in place and the resin wheel wells. For some reason in my case, the wells are about 2 mm shorter so some plastic needed to cover the gaps. There is more work to be done here but later and after i close the fuselage. I also glued the panel where the turbine section is going to be placed and i also added the chaff and flares boxes. not much to be seen when it is done but....they were there!!!! After that i started dealling with the cockpit tube. As you can see from the previous pages, i have changed some things on the resin one in order to be as close as it coulb be with the real thing. I added all the small things inside and i also glued the tiny things on the survival kit. Time to put some color....
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    A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    Great Work Joe!!! John
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    A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    Great work Joe!!!! John
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    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Awesome built so far as always my friend!!! John
  10. ....as always Chuck!!! John
  11. Good morning guys, it's high time i posted something here. So i am back with a model i cope for some time now. But before i post my work i would like to thank my good Christian, who is always eager to help me when i ask. The kit is known to everyone 1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36 The aftermarkets.... As well as modex masks for ''Piggy III'' the actual Piggy... As always i begun my work from the cockpit which for this kit was wrong as Acc. Min. is based on the surviving XP-51 which was a heavily modified Mustang Mk.I, not good for the A-36. So i shaved everything out and build a new one from items from the part fret and plastic... Painted, and weathered... Next, landing gear legs... Then i glued plastic strips below the dive brakes and also glued the guns before i close the wings, i test fitted and i found it difficult to put them afterwards (sorry no image of the guns!) The small heat shrinking tubes you see on the guns is to protect them! ..........
  12. Some new photos and better i hope... Merry Christmas and Happy 2019 to all!! John
  13. Good evening gents. I finally managed to finish this ''girl'' and I give you some pics of her(taking photos is not my strong point!!) I would like to thank you for your company and especially Christian for the info he provided to me!!! Mery holly days and health and happiness to all!! John
  14. Fare and clear enough Chuck!!! John
  15. Chuck, i will express only my way of thinking on this... I don't model for others, i pick a model, i pick a subject that i like but i also have photos to work with (i mean war time ones like the one you posted) and i try to replicate it as close as possible. You have the photos to prove that there was an exception from the rule and you try to depict the exact aircraft, so....where are you wrong about that?? The fault would be of the guys they did it back on those difficult times, not yours!! What i want to say with my poor English is that if you have the evidence, just leave it as it is!!! Again this is my humble opinion!! John
  16. That is why i love this kind of ''arguments'' haha, you always learn something!!!! Keep well Chuck, John
  17. Really amazing job Chuck!!! And yes i love those wet transfers!!! I haven't try them yet but i trust your opinion!!! One note though, i think that the black walkway line should not pass over the insignia on the wings!! Please check it out!! Regards, John
  18. Thanks John, unfortunately i wont be able to be there!!! Still at dispatch!!! John
  19. Thanks a lot guys for The Kind words!! John
  20. Good morning gents, a little update for miss ''PIGGY III''. I am almost at the end of the project! After the gloss i started with the wash....i tried to use different wash shades...in order not to get a uniform one... After this stage i sprayed a semi matt varnish, to seal everything and i started the weathering process using only oils, (dry brush, dot filters...etc.) I placed the exhausts and dealt with the exhaust stains, only oils here too.. As you can see i unmasked the windscreenand i put the landing gear...dont know for you but for me to place the landing on a P-51 correctly is a bit tricky!! Things to do...glue the propeller (is placed only for photos), place the antenna and the pitot tube (i ordered an aftermarket one from master barrels, as the one the kit provides i dont like it) and glue the vac canopy parts...this is doing to be tricky too!!!! That's all for now, next update will be the last one, hope you like it!! John
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