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Back again looking at aircraft this week with an older release in the form of Revel's 1/48th scale A-6E Intruder kit in marking from the film "Flight of the Intruder."
Howdy. Gonna try doing a in progress post for this build. Recently moved back to 1/48 (from 1/32) Jets - traded most of the 1/32 away for 1/48 but this particular kit has been in the back of my stash for years - pretty sure I got it right when released maybe around 2012? Anyway I have a ton of aftermarket for it: Dmold intakes Wolfpack seats and wheel wells Profimodeler pitot Master refueling probe Hypersonic exhausts Eduard various sets and wheels GFactor brass gear (for the Revell kit but it looks maybe more detailed than the Kinetic plastic gear) Steel Beach mask set Markings will probably be Blue Blasters VA-34 around 1995 though I do not have specific decals for that year; I think I have enough info to piece the markings together and will print what ever I cannot source from other sheets (markings are mostly dark grey/black) Will probably hang HARM or maybe HARPOON under the wings with a center fuel tank. I have already a start on the interior with some paint and have done a lot of playing around with the plastic taping stuff together and testing fit and areas to improve. Some notes: -the fit of the cockpit into the fuselage is a little rough -the fit of the wings to the fuselage is not great but looks easy enough to tweak them to fit better -most air scoops on fuselage could use opening up/drilling out -panel lines are a bit inconsistent and missing all together in spots (vertical tail) -fit of exhausts is not great but going to use the Hypersonic set anyway -the leading edge of the vertical tail seems overly thick/blunt -the trailing edges of the wings seem a little thick too
Another 1/32 A-6 Intruder release coming, actually two releases. Sheets 32-023 & 32-024 will only cover one squadron - VA-65 Tigers but spans 25 years of their aircraft, starting with their Vietnam War deployments (including the early camo test scheme and the ill-fated 1967 Forrestal cruise), then into the mid 70s period with their more well known schemes, and the beginning of low viz in the early 80s, and ending at Desert Storm. Part 1, 32-023, will cover the six high viz period schemes and includes full stencils for one aircraft (additional stencils are available separately with previous sheet 32-002). Part 2, 32-024, will cover the later four low viz period schemes. Now in stock and available to order: www.AOAdecals.com 32-023 - six schemes covering the high viz period (includes full stencils for one aircraft): 32-024 - four schemes covering the low viz period:
Cheers folks, I'd like to show you a few photos of my 1/32nd scale EA-6B Prowler, a scratchbuilt conversion based on Trumpeter's A-6A kit. This conversion required the whole bunch of techniques I have access to - CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing and classic scratchbuilding. The decal artwork was drawn by me and then silk printed in Czech Republic. I am currently working on a carrier deck diorama , USS Kitty Hawk's port stern section to be precise; this is the area at least one Prowler was typically parked. The Birdcage was fully scratchbuilt as it has nothing in common with its counterpart on the Intruder. The deck personnel is from Reedoak, the pilots were built using parts from several 'classic' resin figures. When will we finally get some up-to-date Naval aviators in 32nd scale?! Here's an early stage of the carrier deck section with the Prowler on top. If you are interested in seeing how the Prowler was built and if you want to see how the deck is being built, feel free to check out my Facebook page "Scale Navy Stuff"; you can find the link in my signature. If you have any critique, comments, remarks or questions, please don't hesitate to ask! As soon as the deck is finished, I'll take some better photos and post them here! Cheers Ben