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  1. Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my A-6; it truly feels like I've been on this thing forever. My goal is to have it finished in time to enter one of the bigger local shows in Southern California (Orangecon) during October. As far as the Nats goes, I'm not a fan of flying with models in tote so I may have to wait until it's back on the west coast so I can drive there. Hopefully within the next few months I can post some completed pics, and then, on to the next project. Cheers, Elmo
  2. Hi, Rich, I'm just now catching up on your WIP thread.......all I can say is, Simply Amazing! The workmanship and attention to detail are second to none. Every time I see your work, I'm blown away. I really hope we get to see the phantom phinished one day: It'll be nothing short of amazing. Cheers, E
  3. Hello all, Time for a very short update. Still plugging away on the beast and little by little, I'm getting closer to the finish line. There's a lot that's been done since my last post, but due to lack of time, I'm sharing just a few pics to show the current state of the build. The major items left to install are the outboard wing panels, extensible equipment cage and the tailhook. The balance should be just some minor stuff. Thanks for looking, E.
  4. Hello Rod, Thanks for your comments; glad you like the build. The wash I used is Panel Liner for grey and blue from AK, see pic. I used the product directly over MRP paints which dry to a semi-gloss finish. Hope this helps. However, to provide a bit more depth and interest, I used Abteilung oil paint washes of slightly different colors in select areas. -Elmo
  5. Hello Rich, I'm not sure I have enough left in the tank for such a project. I plan on keeping it simple for the next few builds, although I'm not quite sure what'll be after the A-4. Cheers, Elmo
  6. utley, I appreciate your perspective, thank you. Cheers, Elmo
  7. Gunny Dan, Always a pleasure to receive feedback from those that "know"; thank you! From the onset of this project, I wanted to capture as much detail as possible in all areas of the Intruder. I chose this path because the A-6 provides ample opportunity to do so, from the huge cockpit to areas like the pylons and extensible equipment cage. What I didn't foresee was just how much work it's actually taking to complete it at a level I'm satisfied with. If I would have known beforehand, I would have never embarked on the journey. That's why for my next project, I'm going with something
  8. Thanks to everyone else for the positive feedback! RichB63, Thank you as well for your feedback. I fixed the peeled paint on the windscreen the best I could; the end result left a bit to be desired but overall, it's as good as it's gonna get without a massive amount of rework, and potentially causing even more damage. Matter of fact, while repairing the center frame, a piece of masking tape inadvertently attached itself to another section of the frame and lifted the paint. It was after that incident that I decided to leave well-enough alone. Thanks again for your
  9. Thanks Steve! The paint job is not perfect but I'm quite pleased with the results given it was my first attempt at the TPS scheme which is somewhat of an involved process. I learned a lot along the way too, especially what not to do. My next project after the A-6 will most likely be the Hasegawa A-4M, and will also have the TPS scheme. -Elmo
  10. A few more random pics. Hopefully in a few months I can share some better pics.
  11. Hello everyone, As requested by a few ARC members, It's time to make a quick update. Progress has been slow because I've been focusing on the tiny details that need to be addressed before I attach the larger items. Reasoning is, once I install the larger pieces, it's too risky to go back and address those smaller details without breaking stuff off. I'm including a few "random" pics of where the build is currently. I'm hoping that in another month or two, I can start installing the gear, doors, wing pylons/tanks and whatever else is left. Again, thanks for
  12. Hello Acuity, yes, I've made some progress on a lot of the small things that have been lingering. Unfortunately, in pics it may not seem like much. I'll post some pics this weekend. On the bright side, I believe I'll have the model done some time next year. I'm really close to attaching the landing gear, wing tanks and outboard wing panels so it shouldn't be too much longer. -Elmo
  13. Amazing stuff, Rich. The 3D printed accessories are real game changer. Unlike resin casted parts, I'm guessing there's no shrinkage to worry about. Can't wait to see what you do with these. -Elmo
  14. Stellar work, Rich! Again, your craftsmanship and attention to detail are unmatched. I can't wait to see what you have planned for the front office; whatever it is, I'm sure It'll be amazing. -Elmo
  15. Hello, utley, I'll have an update soon; I'm actually about 3/4 done now, not bad considering It's only been 20 years, LOL. I should be able to upload an update this coming week. Thanks for inquiring. -Elmo
  16. Always a treat for the eyes, Rich! The techniques and workmanship are beyond next level. I knew when you started this build it was going to be amazing. -Elmo
  17. Looking really nice, Steve. Once u drop a wash and a flat coat it's gonna look amazing.
  18. Rich, very inspirational work you're doing here. Tedious and time consuming, yes, absolutely, but the rewards are so worth it! Can't wait to see more of this magic, especially since it's in 48th scale, and if I remember correctly your preference is 32nd. -Elmo
  19. Sup, Steve, yes, the windscreen should look familiar, it's the one you gifted me, thanks again. To your point, I too am not impressed with the AM masks; of all the sets I bought for the Monogram A-6, none fit perfectly. I had to cut them in various places to try and match the mask angles to those on the windscreen. I even bought masks for the Hobbyboss and Kinetic A-6's hoping they'd somehow fit better......not! Needless to say, results weren't horrible but not great either. However, I should be able to fix most of the issues I'm having with the windscreen. I do however have two main concerns.
  20. Thadeus, kike and utley, thanks for the comments. The pic I included was simply to show that there's been progress made, especially since the decals are finally applied. However, and as mentioned before, I did experience some quality issues which will take some time to address. I will be posting a lot more pics once I get the time to fix those issues........hopefully in the next couple of weeks. One of the most concerning areas is the windscreen. The masks I used did not yield the best results so that alone will take some time to fix. Additionally, while I was refining the paint edges, a piece
  21. Hello, Mike, I believe I used Tamiya XF-72 for the cushion/padding. If I remember correctly, I mixed a little white and maybe some green to XF-72 for tonal variation amongst the individual seats. After, I applied a brown wash into the recesses followed by dry-brushing the edges with a lightened mix of XF-72. The belts are in fact gray; again, I varied the tone a bit so that both seats did not look exactly alike. I think I used MRP Dark Ghost Gray for one seat and MRP Light Ghost Gray for the other. Seat belt tonal variation on real jets is all over the place so you almost can't go wrong w
  22. RichB63, A-10 Loader, BuNo02100, Youngtiger1, utley, habu2 and cruiz, thank you all for your comments, and suggestions. When I started this build long ago, my vision was to take it to the next level by taking advantage of all you can do to an A-6. However, I think I was mostly thinking about it from a "detail" perspective and totally forgot that my modeling skills are severely lacking in certain areas. That said, this build served as a test-mule for many techniques that were new to me, such as: Blackbasing, scribing, weathering and a few others. This led to many mistakes along the
  23. Time for a tiny update. Been chopping away at this beast, and as expected, it continues to fight me all the way. Finally got paint and decals applied and she's looking pretty good except for a bunch of issues I have to address. Some of the issues are due to my inexperience but others are simply part of modelling and not much you can do about it but learn from them. I've mentioned a few times in this WIP that painting/weathering are my two most unrefined modeling talents......this A-6 certainly exposed all of those weaknesses. However, I've learned a lot along the way and that's really all that
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