A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" - grover's build. **Finished**

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4 years 8 months ago #31 by Fritz
Looking good! Cant wait to see this done :D

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4 years 8 months ago #32 by CyNaKyL
I had a problem with that part D21 as well, had to look at a lot of reference photos to figure it out. Turns out heaps of other people online had issue with the same bit too.
I so far have only managed to knock 1 slat arm off so I think I've done pretty good so far, supposedly it is almost impossible to get through building this kit without knocking any off (although I bet Craig has managed it... :evil: )...

I need to get my A into G and get the final camo colour on mine, hopefully I get me mojo back soon...

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4 years 8 months ago #33 by Craig Sargent
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True, but only because I have a trick. Cut 2 pieces of stiff cardboard, fold them in half along the axis of the leading edge of the wing, and tape them over the actuators, to the top and bottom of the wing so they protect them until you are ready to attach the slats. Not lost an actuator.

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4 years 8 months ago #34 by Phil

grover wrote: Help! I cant figure out where part D21, the small part on the right fits onto the landing gear. Ive looked at reference pics but cant see what it is, or where it goes. Can anyone show me please? :ohmy:


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4 years 8 months ago #35 by grover
Thanks Phil. Good timing. I saw some other pics where it looked round and I was going to sand it round. ;)

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4 years 8 months ago #36 by grover
So had some time at the bench today between a bit of work and stuff around the house. Most of it was sanding and prepping parts for primer or paint. I decided to look at the flaps. Hard to see here but there were 3 ejector pin marks on each inside surface. THe left on I had sanded back the marks, no biggie and also did my first rescribing of the line towards the bottom. Even on a straight line like this I can see why it's a pet hate for many people. Such work to get a guide on the line and then purposely cutting into the plastic. I suppose I'm lucky to start with some easy lines to rescibe.
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I also got to put some colour on the boarding ladder. May need another coat but I'm likely to rough it up a bit to show it's been well used.
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I got all the parts I had prepared over to the spray booth ready for some primer. I have a stool beside the booth I usually put this tray on and just pick a piece at a time and spray it. But disaster struck and I knocked the tray of parts and reacted to grab it.
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Having saved the tray falling on the ground, I noticed the refueling probe :pinch:
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I managed to rejoin the 2 pieces and its now drying. It might require some putting and will need some clean up to get rid of the evidence of my clumsiness, but I'm glad I didn't lose them
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I knew it isnt the best place to put the stuff I'm working on. Need to think of a better set up, but I'm otherwise pleased with how this is going. Trying not to rush too much, but without dawdling at the same time. Little bit each day and hopefully I can be finished before the end of next month.

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4 years 8 months ago #37 by PJNZ
great pictures of the progress, Kane - looking good!

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4 years 8 months ago #38 by grover
Thanks PJ.

Some more time waiting for the cricket to start. Got the coat of grey on the Cockpit
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I hang the pieces upside down to hopefully reduce the chance of dust or particles on the wet paint, which isn't really very clever as the foam i stick them into is probably a dust magnet.
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I also masked up the wheels and lay down some Tamiya Tyre Black, and also used it on the instrument cowl. It may be a bit light for that but Im thinking with some clear and a bit of weathering it won't matter too much.
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4 years 8 months ago #39 by Nosferatu
looking good Kane! Keep it coming mate! Go the Black Caps!

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4 years 8 months ago #40 by IAN
Very tidy work, Kane. 'Most impressed ;)

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4 years 8 months ago #41 by grover
Thanks guys. Cricket is too stressful so I'm doing other things while I watch. Just masked the instrument panels for some black paint.
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Damit, Vettori has just gone

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4 years 8 months ago #42 by grover
So in between wickets I got some Tamiya NATO black on the instrument panels.
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Then I used what was left in the colour cup of the airbrush to hand paint the main instrument panel. Will look to add some colour to the hsi and then dry brush or put some concrete wash on the pit. Also sprayed the exhaust black and I'll add some Mr Metals buffable steel.
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Go the black caps!

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4 years 8 months ago #43 by Bishop
I wish I could organise a work space like that. Not in a month of Sundays. Lovely work going on with this.

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4 years 8 months ago #44 by Tiger
Great work going on here Kane.
Looking good :)

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4 years 8 months ago #45 by grover
Thanks Tiger & Bishop. Lol, I am a messy bugger usually but when I invest in stuff, I look after it. My office is all over the place, but there's something I like about having some structure on the work bench that I like for some reason.

Was up early this morning and the advantage of a 10 minute drive to work was I got some more time at the bench. Did a quick dry-brush on the pit
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And mixed some blue and white to do the top of the attitude indicator. This is more effort than I have put into any previous build (not that there have been many) and it's probably an indication of my skills improving a bit, largely thanks to you all and seeing the builds you do.
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I've decided to redo the boarding ladder. Im going to sand it back a bit and add a gloss black and try the hairspray method to give the yellow paint a chipped and worn look. Unless you guys have another idea I could try?
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Tonight I will try painting the seat belts. Pretty happy I can paint them now, even with my shaky hands. Want to have a good look at pics of the ejector seat and area behind the seat to add some more detail. What would you guys recommend for a cockpit wash?

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4 years 8 months ago #47 by grover
A little bit more done this afternoon. Played around with AK Washes, on the cockpit and it worked really well. Sorry for the poor photos. Using an old Galaxy S 3 and so threw a lens in front to get a bit of zoom.
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So I'm ready to close this puppy up and start on the exterior

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4 years 8 months ago #48 by Nosferatu
Nice clean work Kane!! I'm impressed!

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4 years 8 months ago #49 by grover
Sorry for the poor quality pic. This was just before I closed up the fuselage
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Almost had a heart attack when attaching the gun sight and dropped it on the ground. Took about 15 minutes but I found it, thankfully. Its tiny and transparent and I was about to give up.
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So now I have closed up the fuselage and started putting the external bits and pieces on and realised I havent opened up some of the holes I need to to attach scoops and aerials. It shouldnt be too hard to fix though
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4 years 8 months ago #50 by Kiwimav
Looking good Grover...watching with interest...

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4 years 8 months ago #51 by grover

Nosferatu wrote: Nice clean work Kane!! I'm impressed!

Thanks Corran
You're impressed? Im kinda rapt myself with how its coming out. Looking forward to getting stuck into the external part.

And thanks to Dave

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4 years 8 months ago #52 by Glenn
Nice work Kane :)
Your little bird is starting to come together :cheer:
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4 years 8 months ago #53 by PJNZ
Yes what others are saying - this build has a nice clean look so far, Kane. Following with interest. :)
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4 years 8 months ago #54 by Tiger
Coming along nicely there Kane. :)
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4 years 8 months ago #55 by grover
Thanks guys. Hopefully I get some time this weekend to carry on. If I can have it primed and ready to paint I will be stoked.

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4 years 8 months ago #56 by Dangermouse84
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Nice work mate

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4 years 8 months ago #57 by grover
Cheers DM :)

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4 years 8 months ago #58 by KitModellerNZ
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Nice work! Looking forward to seeing some paint on her.
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4 years 8 months ago #59 by grover
Cheers KM

Time to mask up and add some filler. This means rescribing which I knew was coming. I don't have to like it though ;)
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For such a nice model, there are some pretty big gaps that need fixing
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Last plane I did (which i binned) I forgot to mas the areas before priming, something I saw on a Flory video, and I kicked myself for making it a lot harder. This time I'm going hard. Starting with the underside and will move to the top side once it's all done.
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Perfect Plastic Putty laid down. Maybe a little thick but it sands so nicely it's not really a problem. I do have some Mr Surfacer coming from Australia. I've never worked with it before but will try it if I dont get a good result with the Perfect Putty.
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Now a question. I want to have the Canopy down while I'm painting to get a consistent paint across that and the fiselage, and because the cockpit will be a pig to mask. I will be having the canopy in the open position though so I don't want to glue it down. Unfortunately the canopy is a little tight on the sides and pops up rather than sitting nicely on the frame. Any Ideas how I can hold it down during painting? Thanks
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4 years 8 months ago #60 by grover
I got reminded that perfect plastic putty could be thinned in water so I have done some more work this morning, doing some of the smaller panel gaps.
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There is a big gap in the join of the fuselage and the wing
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I painted on the thinned putty
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I used a piece of sponge to wipe off the excess
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Quite happy with the finish. Will see what it's like when it dries.
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