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20 minutes ago, A-10 LOADER said:

Hey, I recognize that windscreen 😎. That sucks Elmo but, if anyone can fix it, you can. IMO masks are a waste of money, they don't fit. I prefer to use Parafilm and the occasional Tamiya tape when needed. Press on Elmo, you got this.

Steve

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. As you can see, the depression is only on one side of the center frame bevel, so when restoring I have to make sure not to affect the other side. The other concern is simply not screwing up the windscreen more as causing irreparable damage would be the "nail in the coffin". The windscreen is literally blended to the fuselage and removing it to replace with another is simply not something I'd want to get into.

 

-Elmo

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  • 6 months later...

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

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3 minutes ago, wardog said:

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

This is awesome news !! Very excited to see what you've accomplished.

Steve

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On 11/14/2023 at 6:59 PM, Acuity said:

Amazing Job...... any update ?

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

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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 your continued interest in this never-ending build.

 

A few front-end shots. Recently added are the probes on the R/S intake and the cockpit sill rails. 

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Outstanding!
 

The canopy and windscreen look great - and really draw attention to that beautifully detailed cockpit.


Love the look of the deployed RAT too.

 

And those boarding ladders: amazing!

 

Two thumbs up!

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22 hours ago, A-10 LOADER said:

WOW, incredible stuff Elmo !!  You were worried about doing the paintwork but, it sure looks great to me. Really looking forward to the next installment.

Steve

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

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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 continued support.

 

 

-Elmo

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Elmo,

 

Outstanding update.  I can smell the hydraulic fluid and see her getting prepped for flight!  Wow.  I too love the loading ladders, they are just like the A/C with the weathering.  The RAT is a nice add, excellent representation of the system, and one not normally seen in modeling this airplane.  Oh, and dont forget those racks and pylons, they are amazing, some of my Ordnance bubbas can't believe the detail!

 

Semper Fi Mack!

Gunny Dan

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3 hours ago, YF65_CH53E said:

Elmo,

 

Outstanding update.  I can smell the hydraulic fluid and see her getting prepped for flight!  Wow.  I too love the loading ladders, they are just like the A/C with the weathering.  The RAT is a nice add, excellent representation of the system, and one not normally seen in modeling this airplane.  Oh, and dont forget those racks and pylons, they are amazing, some of my Ordnance bubbas can't believe the detail!

 

Semper Fi Mack!

Gunny Dan

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 much simpler.......the A-4M Skyhawk.

 

Cheers,

Elmo

 

 

 

 

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