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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 5 months 21 hours ago #61

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IP coaming airbrushed, drybrushed, detail painted and ready to have the HUD stuck on and be glued in. Insides of canopy also airbrushed.





I'm hoping to fit the front canopy section tonight. Fingers crossed it doesn't snap when I try spreading it!
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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 5 months 3 hours ago #62

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Looks good. I hope it went on okay.
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Got as far as applying a coat of Vallejo matt varnish to the inside of the canopy sections and IP shroud. Will wait till Friday night to fit the canopy as I've got a work do this arvo/evening. So probably best not to play with plastic when I get home tonight :silly:

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IP coaming installed



Spreader fitted after much pissing about and canopy attached. Will need to fill and sand, but much better fitting now.

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Very nice work. Nothing worse than having to stress plastic. You end up more stressed than it does.
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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 4 months 4 weeks ago #66

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Nice work. I'll have to remember the spreading tip. Trumpeter canopies are pretty poor for fitting in my experience. The Su-27 and Mig-21 were the same.
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So, instead of going with what I had originally planned, which was adding filler to remove the step that was still present, I sanded down the fuselage in that area instead. Glad I did because it looks a lot better and there's no need to use any filler now.

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After laying down a coat of primer on the canopy, it revealed a couple of minor hairline gaps, so I filled with dissolved putty, sanded and reprimed. Unfortunately could see a couple of spots where I hadn't got rid of the excess putty completely, so I resanded the entire area and reprimed. Much better now


Also finished removing the gaps in the after section spine insert
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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 4 months 2 weeks ago #69

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Coming together now and gear bays masked. A few more parts to add and small gaps to fill and it'll be time for primer.
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Nice work on blending the canopy. Looking good.
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Thought a missile fin might suffice for the antenna behind the cockpit. Sure enough, this fin from the Trumpeter Mig-29 is almost bang on once I trim it down that panel line

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Good idea! Looks bang on too as long as you leave a bit extra at the bottom.

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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 4 months 1 week ago #73

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Filled a few gaps with Mr Dissolved Putty. Hard to access that tight space, especially on the starboard side where the refuelling line runs. So being able to clean the excess off with a cotton bud soaked with lacquer thinner is a blessing



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Nice and clean.
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Fitted the flaps and the underwing stations. Big ups to Trumpeter for molding these stations as single parts.




Fuel tanks assembled, filled, sanded, primed and ready for paint






Wasn't happy with the area where the fore and aft sections of the fuselage join, so filled with Mr Dissolved putty and wiped away the excess. Much happier with the join now. Because the lacq thinner dissolved the primer, I have sanded it all smooth so there won't be any ugliness later.



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The model is coming along nicely KM. I'm looking forward to seeing it clothed with paint and decals.
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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 4 months 1 week ago #77

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Decided to have a go bending the kit's refuelling probe using boiling water.







Happy with the result.
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Primer applied. Looking good and well worth the extra time spent on filling/sanding
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Dang. This is looking too good.

You're making the teeth itch to get out my Hasegawa 1/32.
Either that or the 1/32 SBD.
I'm leaning more to the Scooter.

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I've given the entire airframe a going over with a 3M micro fine sanding pad in preparation for paint. Most of the ref photos I have show that our Skyhawks seem to have had, aside from the odd small paint touch up, entire panel repaints instead. So instead of preshading, I'm going to use slight variations of the base colour to pick out panels.

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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 4 months 1 day ago #82

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Gee that looks good.
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Trumpeter 1/32 A-4F Skyhawk as an RNZAF A-4K 3 months 4 weeks ago #83

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Only progress since the last update was spending about an hour testing colour mixes for the overall green. I've settled on a mix of equal parts of Tamiya XF-61 Dark Green, XF-65 Field Grey and XF-2 Flat white

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Was hoping to get more paint on her tonight, but ended up helping move some furniture, so just painted around the intakes so I can glue the fronts on.
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Last night I filled in a vent on the port side of the rear fuselage that I noticed wasn't on the A-4Ks in my ref photos. Also fashioned up some base plates for the tail antenna using some plasticard, sanded round corners into them and glued in place (should have done this earlier, but the end result is tidy and will just need to spot prime.) I will make up the antennas, and fit them at the end, so I don't knock them off.

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Made up the antennas from plasticard this arvo and glued them in place. Quite sturdy once the support strips are in place.



Also cut a notch for the nav light(?) On the starboard intake.

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Nice attention to detail. That light on the intake is to illuminate the the refuelling probe and basket during nighttime refuelling operations (it is a red light).
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Added the front intake sections and filled the minute gaps with dissolved putty, wiping away the excess about 10 mins later. It looks ugly at the time, because the lacq thinner melts the paint. But as long as you feather the removed/damaged primer by gently sanding and polishing before spot priming the area again, you shouldn't be able to tell.










I modified kit part P2 (the sprue containing parts for the humpback version), by shortening it and trimming down with a scalpel, glued it to a piece of plasticard, primed, trimmed plasticard to size and glued to the port side.




Drilled a hole in the tail spine for the aerial (kit part P5). I was originally just going to glue this on, but want to eliminate the possibility of the aerial pinging off some time in the future.


She is now finally ready for an initial coat of the green.

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Good to get some paint on her. Just the fuselage so far.

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The next step once I have finished this initial layer of colour, is to lighten a few panels to make them look like they have been repainted, and add some post shading in a few areas before I mist on a few light coats of the base colour to finish it off. Paint chipping will be very minimal and there won't be any paint fading. Our Skyhawks were well looked after.

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