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Thadeus

1/72 Hobby Boss A-7D

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I associate Vietnam War with sharkmouths, and here's one of mine - 1/72 Hobby Boss A-7D, I'll be using kit decals :)

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In the box, this kit looks very nice, with all those sharp panel lines and nice details. The two things that are bothering me the most are the cockpit (which I'm replacing with Aires one) and the main wheels (for which I don't have any replacements right now). There are more issues to this kit, but I'm pretty much ok with them, and I hope this will not change as I go forward with this build.

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There sure is a lot of kits with decals for aircraft that have flown in Vietnam, isn't it?

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YES!!!! Some might say I am a bit of a fan of the sharkmouth.....bordering on an unhealthy obsession....like socks....I have sharkmouth socks....I do...socks...

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Then again, there's always a variation of some kind:

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Ha! A-7's surely need a sharkmouth :D But socks with sharkmouth?! That is something ;)

Ikar, that's a nice scheme indeed. Was this the one that was painted after the sharkmouths were banned?

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No, that was about mid year and produced some interesting results. It seemed there was some resistance to the change.I've heard that some F-4s that lost their sharkmouth got them back later and lost them again. I've seen small sharkmouths on the top of the AIM 9 rails and even show up on the F-111 ECM pods.

This shot probably was from 1973. I got there in 74 and the 354th was still there.

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I've finally managed to do some proper modeling :)

I gotta say, those opened avionics (?) panels are pretty nice looking. Still, as I usually do my birds in "almost ready to go" configuration with bombs, missiles, sinks, and such, they should be closed. So I cut off the backs of avionics bays and attached panels. It still wasn't perfect, but with some putty I've managed to make it look ok.

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My biggest pain was to fit the resin cockpit. Still I've no idea if I fitted it right. I might be getting old, but I seem to remebmer I liked fitting resin cockpits... and those were in Hasegawa F-14's. Right now I don't.

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Next on the list is to eliminate seams under the fuselage, even out those on the top, smooth out the intake and fill those trenches on the wing/fuselage join. Then I'll have to figure out what bulges to fit under the belly.

I guess that's all folks ;)

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Here's a couple more A-7D variations:

3rd TFS Korat

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Yeeeey! Great, I've lost the pe fret with parts for the cockpit... :bandhead2: Awesome... Guess I'll have to figure out what to do next.

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Hopefully you just misplaced it and it shows up soon.

Always been a fan of the A-7D. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Cheers,

John

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Unfortunatly, I've searched everywhere for those PE parts and they are gone for good. Taking some pictures of A-7d IP as a guide, I've drilled some holes in the resin part, painted it and called it a day.

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Yesterday I've even managed to spray some paint on this beast :) Looks pretty nice with SEA camo :)

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Can't wait for the decals :)

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It came out pretty good.

In 1974 they held a bombing competition for South East Asia (Thailand). Guess what aircraft took the prize.

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Thanks a lot Ikar, and great thanks a lot for the pics You've been posting, they're great!

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