After completing the Torbeau to an acceptable standard, and putting the Italeri Strike Eagle in the too hard pile (for now) as I buggered the paint, thought I'd make a start on this.
There are 3 subjects that really pique my interest. The first being WWII RAF aircraft, especially bombers.
The second being Vietnam US carrier operated aircraft. Mostly Skyhawks!
Finally anything RNZAF.
I considered converting this into a pre-Kahu scooter, but for now decided to build in the kit cover scheme as it will match the Airfix Squawk I built recently.
Cockpit going together. It's pretty sparse so thought I'd throw the pilot in to fill some space.
First time attempting belts from Tamiya tape. Fairly pleased with how it turned out. Added some sweet lightning bolts and stripes to his dome too.
I'll be asking plenty of questions throughout this build as I've heaps to learn.
Comments/criticism/hints always welcome!
Build well everyone!
Last edit: 2 years 4 months ago by Leavemygoosealone.
A wee bit of progress. Fuse buttoned up, wings together and on along with hori-stabs and canopy.
The fit on this is pretty good! Was concerned the hump was going to be a mission but it went on nicely with a little sanding. Canopy masking, fuselage seam clean up then time to try my hand at pre-shading.
Just need to kick the darned cold before venturing back into the hangar (garage)
nice clean start and ill be checking back as this ramps up
Stand aside caffine, this is a job for alcohol.
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Second coat down. Can still see through to the pre-shading... whew!!!
First attempt at this so not too sad about how it's turned out considering it's an el-cheapo airbrush with an unknown nozzle.
Next up I'll slam a clear coat down and mask up for the first coat of grey on the top side.
Bought some Tamiya grey panel-wash that I'll use on the underside and maybe something darker on the top. Not sure yet.
Leavemygoosealone wrote: Planning on using Tamiya Panel Line Accent if I can find some Black stuff.
I have the black and it seems a little too stark for most applications. For washes I now mostly use some cheap oil paints I got at he $2 shop thinned with some Tamiya X20 enamel thinner. You can mix whatever shade that suits the base coat that way.
Grant wrote: I have the black and it seems a little too stark for most applications. For washes I now mostly use some cheap oil paints I got at he $2 shop thinned with some Tamiya X20 enamel thinner. You can mix whatever shade that suits the base coat that way.
I'm aiming to make this scooter pretty dirty but the oil paints is a great idea! Luckily my wife is quite into painting so we have heaps of oils to try! Thinned quite heavily?
I haven't got any X20. I'm guessing/hoping that Humbrol enamel thinner will do the trick also, got plenty of that. Might have a play tonight!
Hi Rhys, sorry to drag this to the top again though its worth another round of views. I'm looking to build one of these soon, a rather older boxing than yours & the destructions, such as they are, say nothing about nose weight to prevent it being a tail sitter. What did you do, with yours. I do like the look of it.
The old Hasegawa A-4E/F is not a particularly good kit but is OK as a fun build. The kit is a bit long in scale and its nose is too fat. The canopy is a bit of a pig fit and the kit needs a bit of tidy up pretty much everywhere. The Fujimi 1-72 kit on the other hand is a little jewel. I started building one of the Hasegawa kits many moons ago as an A-4K conversion but sort of lost interest in it after a month. I should really dig it out one day and finish it.
yes, I've read the reviews but I have these & not nearly enough Fujimi ones which appear flipping near impossible to find now, I'm kind of waiting on the Hobby Boss ones & hoping they don't have too many dire mistakes. I haven't built a A-4 since I built the original Airfix one longer ago than I'm going to admit to & I don't recall weighting its nose & it sat on its wheels but this being a different kit I was wondering about that aspect. The Hasegawa ones mightn't be quite right but they still look like a scooter & it'll be good practice for me.