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A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

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Probably shouldn't start this now but it's pretty well along. I am going to fix

and redo the 1/72 Revell, Ace, A-6E as an A-6B Mod-0 hopefully with AOA

decals as a VA-196 Main Battery B model. I have the seats in and cut down

awaiting new head rests, the structures on the rear deck added and I cut off

the obtruding "lump" that was in between the tail hook, it was up as far as the

lump just before it. I also almost took my thumb with it, new X Acto blades are

SHARP! Just back from ER 2:30 this morning, only 2 stitches luckily. More sanding

then more scratch building.---John

 

 

 

 

A-6B Intruder VA-196 .jpg

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I tried adding pictures but Imgur doesn't want to co operate.

Will try tomorrow.---John

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I started scratch building the homing antennas for the nose and

intakes along with some headrests for the seats. There's more

putty work on the wing roots, thats never ending.---John

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The bottom sanded down nice, slow going as if I even bump those 2 stitches

it sends a shock wave through me. I keep trying to hold things with my two fingers

instead of my thumb and finger, just don't work that way.---John

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Yikes! Get well soon, John. You may want to wait until you recover or else the wound may become infectious, especially if you are doing sanding ( the tiny particles might enter the wound).  At the very least, wear those surgical rubber gloves.  Or finger gloves like these:

https://cdn.dick-blick.com/items/352/07/35207-1002-2ww-m.jpg

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1kAtYo8fH8KJjy1Xbq6zLdXXay/Hairdressing-Three-Fingers-Glove-Black-3-Finger-Heat-Resistant-Finger-Glove-Salon-Styling-Tools-For-Hair.jpg

 

For sanding:

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10047843

Makes it easier on the fingers & thumbs.

 

Good luck!

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Hope that finger heals soon .... painful just to look at. 

151565 was still in VA-196 in 72-73 as I recall working on it. And building it right after we got back from cruise. Went down to the hangar several times to get the shape and placement of the 4 antennae on radome and intake. No decals so cut stencil masks for the tail band, crew name stripes, and circle to lay the spade on. It Was sitting out during a room inspection and the inspectors happened to be from my squadron ... we passed and didn’t have to do another room inspection for a year. 

Good luck with your project.

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Thanks, I am pretty much winging it and going to this site, http://rickmorganbooks.com/a-6b-standard-arm.html

for answers on what it  had and where the antennas etc. were placed. I hopefully can find the AOA decal sheet for

it somewhere. The finger is still very sore but as long as I don't bump it it's good. Th Dr. at the ER told me keep it clean

which I have. I do cover it or wear rubber gloves when sanding, but my work is very slow seeing as though I am trying

to hold parts with my fingers instead of my thumb and finger, very awkward. ---John

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Thanks Tommy, I have that site book marked as well, excellent

references to wing tip antennas I needed!---John

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10 hours ago, JackMan said:

Yikes! Get well soon, John. You may want to wait until you recover or else the wound may become infectious, especially if you are doing sanding ( the tiny particles might enter the wound).  At the very least, wear those surgical rubber gloves.  Or finger gloves like these:

https://cdn.dick-blick.com/items/352/07/35207-1002-2ww-m.jpg

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1kAtYo8fH8KJjy1Xbq6zLdXXay/Hairdressing-Three-Fingers-Glove-Black-3-Finger-Heat-Resistant-Finger-Glove-Salon-Styling-Tools-For-Hair.jpg

 

For sanding:

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10047843

Makes it easier on the fingers & thumbs.

 

Good luck!

Thanks Jack Man, I grew up living across the street from a paper mill as a

kid, I remember seeing the ladies in the sorting room wearing those

"fingers" to prevent paper cuts.---John

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The wing tip antenna fairings are on and I have the intakes

built and installed. The chunk of plastic on the table in front

of the wing is the raised piece I cut off between the tail hook,

when it came flying off the X Acto knife slit my thumb, why

they had this molded as a raised item makes no sense.---John

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Hi John,

 

You are a brave man to tackle not one, but two, of the old Revell A-6 kits at the same time!  My hat is off to you for that sir.  Looking good so far.

 

Sorry about your thumb.  I'm sure we've all been there before (I know I have!).   

 

Looking forward to next update.

 

-Derek

 

 

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Wrong kit!

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I built that kit a few years ago. It's in the Gallery if you want to see it. It's a rough kit to get looking nice. Isn't it a '70s Hasegawa mold?

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Thanks, GG it is the ACE copy of the '70ish Hasegawa A-6A with engraved panel lines.

Some of it is "better" some worse. How's things in Cozy Corners, I hiked the "Long Trail"

as a teen with my cousin. Am a transplanted "Berkshires" resident from Taxachusetts!---John

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I have the exhausts on, they were a nightmare. They were sorta deformed,

looked like giant sink marks so I added mass quantities of putty and will

sand them to shape. I also added a "family portrait", the Ace kit along side

it's "older" Hasegawa sibling.---John

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I started scratch building the AC intake scoop. Why Ace never copied

this off the Hasegawa kit makes no sense. They also didn't add the

small wing extensions on the inner wing leading edge. The second

picture shows the Hasegawa scoop and extension.---John

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Some more scratch builds, seat cushions, head rest and small

leading edge buffet strips.---John

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Thanks, headrests and face curtain pulls are on the seat backs.

I also added the BNs box in front of his seat. I still have side consoles,

pilot's gun sight and box for the control stick. I also need to figure something

for the plates on the nose and intake, need to find or scratch the APS homing

antennas.---John

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Side consoles and gun sight done.---John

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