A-10 model in 1/32 scale Trumpeter kit
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Decals are a combination of ASTRA, Trumpeter and home made.
A note on the Trumpeter decals: they are very thin and wrinkle quickly, so assure that you apply them from a piece of cart. Why? to get rid of paper particles. After having them in the water, slide them on a piece of cart (removing the paper residue...) and then apply to the model as needed.
I had to make some of the decals myself. The emblems of TAC and the squadron are on the Trumpeter decal sheet but are coloured. For this JAWS scheme a black version was needed.
were made as follows:
Assure that you have a clear glossy base coat. Another trick I use is the usage of a water-delutable "child friendly" paper glue. Can be found in any bookstore. Apply the glue (with water and a brush) to the spot where you want your decals. Slide decal into position, press with a cloth and let dry. It lets your decals set well on the area with very little chance of air bubbles being trapped.
After applying the decals, clean up and apply a mat coat of Johnson Clear with a mix of Tamiya Flat base. It was sprayed on, giving an excellent sheen. Do the same on the left off parts that have the various basic camouflage coats!
The stores in the kit vary in quality. The GBU-10 was replaced with one from a Tamiya F-15E kit, the ECM pod came from a 1/32 scale Revell F-4E Phantom. Others will be Maverick from the Revell Hunter and an AIM-9 Sidewinder from the 1/32 Tamiya F-15E kit.
All stores were given their required colors, depicting in this case many stores for early A-10's such as the ECM pod and Sidewinder. Bombs were given colors of olive and plain green with details in metal etc,.
Attach desired stores and the Warthog
gets its Business load!
The cockpit section was further detailed
with the rear panel behind the seat.
Attached transparent parts and the upper and lower anti-collision lights were give e coat of transparent Tamiya red. The pitot tube supplied is OK but very sharp. Finally, add the engine cover in place with the parts supplied , set the canopy, add seat.-----------------------------------
the A-10 is ready for take-off!!
with opened gun access panel, note pressure locks added to the panel and
their gaps; also the opened gun nozzle vents can be seen here to advantage
in this picture.
view of completed model
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Created this page October 30, 2003