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1/72 Hasegawa Grumman A-6A Intruder

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My next "project", actually more like a salvage operation. This kit was either in a fire

or left in a hot storage area for years. Both kits were warped, the F-105D was easier

to fix because it was thinner material, the A-6E is actually an Ace kit, a Korean knock

off of the ancient Hasegawa A-6E Intruder but with recessed panel lines. The plastic

is very thick.I have started trying to straightening by immersing the pieces into hot

water and twisting it back to shape, a VERY slow process. The only reason I bought this

kit was for the Revell 1/72 F-105D, it's VERY hard to come by and so far is pretty much

salvageable---John

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It's too far gone. Nothing can be done. It's definitely a "twisted sister"!I just

bought a sealed old 1/72 Hasegawa A-6A and will delete all this and restart

later this week with that kit. No more Ace kits for me!---John

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John

Nothing like taking a shot at a deal - you never know and you still have the Thud. Looking forward to following your upcoming A6 build thread

Keep 'em comin

Peter :thumbsup:

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Thanks Peter, I am not "officially" working on the F-105D but the warped

wing top drove me nuts so I put the wings and fuselage together to straighten

them. One of the wing tops was curled up like a tortilla chip! I straightened it

and massaged the rest out. I also had to massage the tail, it had a severe lean

to one side. The rest of it looks good. It was thinner plastic than that "Ace"

nightmare.---John

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Here's the "new"  Hasegawa 1/72 A-6A. The kit was complete and

sealed, but the box was covered with mold and the decals are worthless.

I will be seeking after market decals. Looks a lot better than the Ace kit.---John

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Much better fit! 1000% better! I did like the way Ace did the tail hook

but the rest of the kit was a disaster.---John

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I cut the cockpit tub apart and glued it with the B/N seat

lower than the pilots'. I then cut off the locating pin on the

right side of the fuselage to let the B/N's side sit lower and

trapped it in the fuselage halves. Now to fix the seats, make

proper head rests, side consoles, B/N's joystick control

pedestal, and scratch a proper looking instrument panel. I also

need to sand off that bogus square block on the rear deck in

back of the seats and add some piping.---John

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I looked at the Revell kit and decided to "kill or cure" it. I cut the seam under

the rear fuselage and worked it with a c clamp then reglued it. After it dried

I filled the voids with super glue and added a little putty. Then I weighted the

nose and added that to hold it all together. I'm just hoping it doesn't pop apart

being under all that pressure. Maybe I can stress relieve it like we did at the shop

I worked at, heat or vibration. Anyways I am putting it aside so I can concentrate

on the Hasegawa kit.---John

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The Hasegawa kit is moving along. I sanded the seams and sanded off that

ridiculous square block on the rear deck. Now to start scratch building the

head rests for the seats.---John

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The top of the generic seats were cut off and some headrests

fashioned from card stock.Now to bend some ejection handle pulls

from copper wire.---John

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Cleaned up the canopy, glued it together and then dipped it

in Future. Doesn't look all that bad.---John

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Coming along nicely! Waiting for updates! 😉

 

 

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I loaded up the nose with tire weights and scrap, made

face curtain pulls for the seats head rests and have the

instrument panel sitting in place but not glued. I need to

do some detailing on the instrument panel and add some

structures to the seat backs. Then on to the side consoles

and rear deck.---John

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Seats, harnesses, rear deck detail, gun sight,side

consoles, pilot stick, B/N console and stick done

and canopy glued on.---John

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The wings, intakes and exhausts are on, puttied and sanded.

I just noticed the flaps are missing the cut outs to clear the

fuel tanks so I filed them in.---John

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I cut the MERs off the kit pylon and replaced it with  MERs from my

Hasegawa weapons set. Odd, replacing Hasegawa parts with Hasegawa

parts!---John

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If I can't find the decals I want I am thinking of using the AOA decals for the

Flight Of The Intruder movie plane, but painting it in it's correct gray over white

scheme for the 1971-72 cruise. The decals say to paint it 2 tone gray.---John

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Thanks, not too shabby.---John

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