1/72 scale A-7 Corsair II (Fujimi and HobbyBoss kits)
review / modelling report
Another A-7 kit was made here, the previous made Fujimi kits can be seen on page 1....
kit brand also issued several kits (see above) for the 1/72 A-7,
including a twoseater kit for the US Navy or Marines TA-7C Corsair
II, kitno. 87209.
may benefit from adding some extra detail from rod and sprue, but the kit
seats are adequate in this scale. The right rotating canopy has a very
good cross section but there is a seam mark in the middle, this needs to
be removed with a polish/sanding stick and the canopy polished with Tamiya
boom flat rear part #E1 was cut off and the gap/panel filled.
The canopy hinge
details were suggested by adding tiny bits of sprue and card. Also the
mirrors in the canopy were added from cut thin metal (3 for pilot, 1 for
instructor). Canopy and windshield were painted with the brush in Gull
I could not find any after market decals for a TA-7C, so opted to use the kit decals. The scheme is the standard US Navy scheme with Gull grey and white.
The kit decals are OK and the scheme is also attractive. The decals for the US Navy VA-174 plane with code "AD" were applied as per instructions. Only the AD code was made a 1 mm (0.05 inch) less wide by cutting out a section of the "D". The edges of the black and yellow diamond markings were painted with a fine brush.
All decals were thus applied to both fuselage and wing halves. I had some trouble added the yellow canopy framing which is provided as decals. I carefully trimmed the inner areas decal film away with a fresh X-acto blade and applied than the decals. It takes care and patience but the result is worth it. The frame decals were fixed with Johnson Future clear applied with a fine brush.
Next, the decalled
wing halves were fitted to the fuselage, filling the junction gap with
white glue and painting it gull grey when dry.
Inside the canopy, the rotating mechanism
was suggested with some card and rod. The yellow framing is from the kit
decals. Also mirrors were added cut from thin metal. The result:
Some extra "wire"
and cables were suggested in the avionics bay from copper wire and sprue.
Some drybrushing was done in areas.
Finally, a coat of Johnson Future/Pledge was airbrushed on to protect the decals and have a nice even sheen.
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