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  1. wardog

    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Here is the first pic of a project i started a few years ago and just cant seem to finish. Will post more when i can.
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Steve, glad to hear you haven't abandoned the project. Can't wait to see your next Tomcat done; the "D" variant is my personal favorite. Good luck with both builds. And as a side note, as soon as I'm done with the OB wing panels I'll be starting on the windscreen you gave me.....thanks again! -Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Thanks to all for the comments; they're very much appreciated. I'm not sure why I was having issues with the pics loading as they are part of a shared album which I've used before with success. I created an entirely new "shared" album for the pics and that seemed to resolve the issue. A-10 Loader, I've been meaning to send you a PM to inquire about your A-6 build as I haven't seen any updates recently. I hope you haven't abandoned the project as you seem to be pretty far along with it. RichB63, I kind of figured if anyone here would know what those spikes are for it would be you, the resident A-6 expert. Thanks for clarifying and you're probably right as it makes perfect sense. ViperZero, Maniacal??? I agree with you 100%. Only someone with a few screws loose would devote this much time to try and get the details correct on the wings. A normal person would have simply sanded away the raised panel lines and scribed new ones in place of the old ones and call it good. On the bright side, I'm glad my obsession is used for something I enjoy. Thanks again to all for looking. Cheers -Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    It looks like I was able to get one pic to load........I'm trying the same process with the other pics but they just don't seem to want to load. It's late now and I don't really have the patience to deal with this at the moment. I'll give it another shot tomorrow......sorry about the inconvenience. -Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Hello conehead, thanks for letting me know. I'm not sure why they're not visible if they are coming from a shared folder. I'm trying to figure it out now.....Thanks again. -Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Time for a quick update. I have been focusing on detailing the outboard wing panels; specifically with scribing and adding all the small doublers along the panel lines. The Paragon wingfold resin set I grafted on represents a composite wing which is considerably different than the metal wing. One of the major differences is the panel line configuration. I've taken many reference shots of the composite wings sitting around on pallets at the Yanks Air Museum to try and get them right on my build....why, I have no idea! All the measuring and cutting of Dymo Tape to get the panels close to how they should be was mentally excruciating.....not to mention laying out all the rivets by hand. Laying out all the detail is also extremely time consuming. If I wasn't so far along on this kit I would have thrown in the towel at this point. Although I'm only showing one OB wing panel in the pics, they're both almost done. The major work left is scratch building the speed brake hinges as the kit ones are pretty bad. Luckily, they shouldn't be too hard to make as they are pretty simple. Again, thanks to all those that have looked, left comments and maintained interest in this build. A pic of the wing bottom showing the panel and rivet detail added. The large antenna towards the wing tip also got reworked as well as a few other items. Another angle showing the leading edge detail, including the addition of the two pointy probes. I still do not know their purpose. They were made out of cut sewing needles....one a bit larger in diameter than the other just like on the real wing. The spoiler temporary attached to see if it still fits okay. You can also see how thin the flap trailing edge is. I thought I had thinned it too much but after scale converting 1/8 & 1/4 in., which is what I believe the dimensions on the real thing fall within, i got what translates to a measurement of between 2 & 5 thousands in 48th scale. That said, the trailing edge is within the ballpark. A better view of the top of the wing which shows the panel detail, riveting and doublers. One last pic showing the wing tip light and antenna, both of which got re-worked. That's it for now. My next update will show both wings panels complete with speed brake hinges attached. Cheers Elmo
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    A-6 Intruder Wing Struts

    Hello all, Wondering if anyone out there has any reference pics of the struts used to support the wings when folded. The struts, which I believe may also be called "jury struts" and are usually red in color. Thanks Elmo
  8. I Hello All, I'm looking for a replacement windscreen and canopy for the 1/48th scale Revell A-6E kit. If anyone out there has a spare set in great condition they'd like to part with, contact me so we negotiate on a price. Thanks -Elmo
  9. Hello All, Thought I'd update this post to make it current as it's been a month and didn't get any replies. Hoping that by making it current a new batch of eyes takes a look. I'm actually just looking for a replacement windscreen (PN 200) only. I tried ordering one through Revell but can't seem to get one these days. Thanks for looking, Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Thanks for checking in coneheadff and kike. Here are a few extra pics I wanted to upload earlier but ran out of time. I finally finished the tail lights and after many failed attempts, finally made a set that I was satisfied with. The lights start off as a chunk of Tamiya light curing putty and then sanded by hand. As is always the case, making the first of two is easy; however, making the second is where it gets tricky as it needs to be symmetrical to the first. I'm also including a pic of the reworked throttle......not much different than when I first finished it but a bit different nonetheless. In the coming weeks I'll be finishing up the windscreen detail and hopefully gluing and blending it to the fuselage. I believe this will be the hardest part to get right as the fit is poor at best. I also had to expand it in width to make it fit. Hopefully I can claim success in the coming weeks. The tail lights...... And a pic of the throttle.. Till next time....... -Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Youngtiger1, Thanks to you and those who continue to follow this WIP and provide feedback; always appreciated. Also, hats off to you for even finding my WIP as the last time it was updated was way back in December. I'm still actively working on this model on those rare moments I can find some free time. I've been concentrating on the windscreen and the framing and gadgets that are on the inside of it. Below are a few pics of my first attempt. Adding the framing was a pain as I'm using super strong white glue to attach to not leave permanent marks but the glue in itself softens up every time I clean excess residue. Unfortunately, leaving too much residue would be almost impossible to dissolve once dry so u have to clean the excess carefully as It's drying. However, the cleaning process always softens the glue just enough to cause the parts to shift a bit.....patience is key here. I also tried Future for the first time on the windscreen....the effect is nice but like everything else in modeling, you have to learn to work with it. The one thing I've learned from dealing with polishing canopies is that unless you have significant scratches or defects, the micro polishing cloths are not required. I have found that using them will soften the edges of any frames that are molded onto the clear parts. On a spare canopy that just had light imperfections, I used headlight lens restorer for automobiles, which is pretty rough followed by polishing with Tamiya polishing compounds. This process yielded a very nice result without degrading any of the frames that may be present. I then followed by dipping in future and the end result was as good as I need. Here is a pic of the frames on the backside of the windscreen and the part I hand made which has the slot on top. Many more parts to make for this area including some instruments and other elements. Kind of unrelated but I had to rework the throttle assembly as one of the throttle handles broke off and vanished. I Also broke off the sight glass and couldn't find it so I had to make a new one as well. Basic clear plastic here with the green edges represented by using a classic wide tip green Sharpie. I have many more pics but I'm out of time at the moment. Thanks for looking -Elmo
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    Converting hobbyboss A-6 into EA-6A

    Just saw all of the videos; nice work! -Elmo
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    1/48th Revell-Monogram A-6E TRAM Intruder

    Nice progress.....you're almost there. Since I can't seem to ever make major progress on mine I really enjoy seeing others do so. -Elmo
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    1/48th Revell-Monogram A-6E TRAM Intruder

    Steve, I logged on briefly yesterday and noticed the pics weren't viewable; however, I didn't have time to comment and I figured you were aware of the issue and would be working to correct it. -Elmo
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    F-14D Tomcat

    dylan, Thanks for tip! Also, I apologize for not sending you a private message asking for the info; I've seen too many threads get hi-jacked with random questions like mine. -Elmo
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    F-14D Tomcat

    Hello dylan, Great job on your cat! Out of curiosity, what paint did you use for the green tint on the windscreen? I recently bought a bottle of Alclad Armored Tint to simulate the green tint effect and after using it on my test subject canopy, didn't like the results. The results I got were a dull and hazy effect to where you cannot see through the tint clearly, essentially obscuring to great effect whatever details are under the tinted portion. Then again, it could just be operator error. -Elmo
  17. Very well done Kike.........I've always wanted to do something like this. -Elmo
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    F-14D VF-2 Bounty Hunters HASEGAWA 1:48

    Wow, great job! The weathering is spot on. If i could duplicate the same effect on my current build i would be very happy....only thing that's missing is seeing your painting technique. -Elmo
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    1/48th Revell-Monogram A-6E TRAM Intruder

    Great work Steve, and I certainly enjoy the frequent updates. And make sure you don't let that beast get the best of you. It's not an easy build and sub part AM products only make it that much more difficult. E.
  20. I Hello All, I'm looking to purchase the photo etch fret that comes with the 1/48th A-6E Hobbyboss kit. If anyone out there has a spare or knows they will not be using the fret that came with their kit, please contact me. Thanks Elmo
  21. Chuck, Another excellent example of modeling skill at Its best....congrats on completing yet another project. Looking forward to the next project....Good Luck! -Elmo
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    I apologize for the issues being experienced; not sure why that is. In the past, I've forgotten to transfer pics to my shared Google folder prior to posting, I didn't forget this time. I just reloaded the pics so hopefully they're visible this time. If not, I'll have to go back and re-read the posting instructions provided earlier by A-10 Loader's wife. -E
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    Monogram A-6E TRAM 1/48

    Time for a mini update. As I had stated before, the mistake I made of not lining up the fuselage halves correctly when gluing manifested in ways I never imagined as the build progressed. One of those areas was the misalignment of the lights towards the top of the vertical tail leading edge. Each fuselage half has Its own corresponding light section which must be lined up together when glued. The result was one light section located higher than the other which necessitated I sand away both sections and eventually make new ones. I knew the task wouldn't be easy as I would need to somehow try to represent the curve on the leading edge of the tail to the bottom of the mating side of each light section to eliminate major gaps. I had a few ideas but neither worked as I hoped. One was to cut out the light sections from my donor A-6, trim and sand the back side to fit on my model. The other was to start off with a block of styrene and also trim/sand to fit. Both methods proved too difficult to match the mating side of the lights to the curve of the tail....at least with good results. Finally, my bulb turned on. Enter Tamiya Light Curing Putty and some Seran Wrap. The pics below should be pretty self explanatory. In essence, the idea was to cut some tape in the shape of the lights and locate in the corresponding area followed by tracing around the tape with a pencil. The tape was then removed (but saved for later) and the clear Seran Wrap draped over the area and secured with tape. I then used the putty to build up each light making sure to stay within the traced lines. Once exposed to light and removed from the plastic, I had two light sections with the mating sides perfectly represented. I then sanded the outer edges of each light section using the original pieces of tape as a guide. Here is a pic of one of the light sections I cut out from the donor model. Not only is it out of scale but It's supposed to fit within the scribed lines. What this pic does not show is how the mating surface is nowhere close to fitting good. Here is the small tape sections cut to represent the shape of the light and then traced with pencil. Plastic, tape and the putty applied, making sure to stay within the traced lines as much as possible. Back side of one of the lights showing the curve of the tail to good effect. And a front view.....now I just have to glue them in place and It's on to the windscreen.....I actually feel like I'm getting closer to the finish line. If none of you have ever tried this method, maybe it will come in handy at some point! Cheers -Elmo
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    1/48th Revell-Monogram A-6E TRAM Intruder

    Steve, I completely understand your frustration over spending good money on aftermarket products that fail to make the grade. Unfortunately, this is the norm now and It's up to the modeler to finish what should have been done by the aftermarket companies. In most cases, aftermarket products are a huge improvement over what's offered in the kit and usually worth purchasing. However, I too do not want to waste my already limited bench time re-working something I shouldn't have to. There are those that take a different stance on the quality issues and say we should just be happy the AM items are available to begin with, which I agree with to a point. However, that is no excuse for sub-par products.
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    1/48th Revell-Monogram A-6E TRAM Intruder

    Thanks Steve, however, I still feel that most modelers could do the same if they chose to spend years on a build. Additionally, I don't consider 48th scale to be that small as what's really impressive is work in 72nd scale or smaller. Also, none of what I do would be possible without the optical aids shown below. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to more progress on your build.
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