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Hi guys, I recently dug out an old Tamiya 1/48 A-10A Thunderbolt II kit that I had stashed away for some time. Decided to build it as the decal has started to yellow. I probably got this kit 10 years ago so I did not know about its problems then. I am now fixing it and am wondering if anyone who have done this kit well, has any advice on how to patch the following without using aftermarket parts (since I don't want to spend more money on this kit). 1) The front wheel well is open on the top and front that you could see all the way to the cockpit. It befuddles me why Tamiya is so cheapskate to leave out two small parts that would make the wheel well complete. Its like someone forgot a wall and roof for a house. I was thinking of using some cheap plastic cards to make the roof however wonder how to carve the surface so that it is not a flat ceiling but has some semblance of cables and bars? 2) The two bulge on the wings for the landing gear, the rear part of each is a gaping hole. It seems like the engineer at Tamiya forgot to mold in the rear area. Sigh, looks like I have to fill these and mold them close with putty. Any easy way to do this? 3) The rear of the cockpit has a gaping hole too where the seat does not cover it. Looks like another piece of home made plastic panel. 4) The bottom of the nose for the front wheel well bulges out at the side and is not flush with the rest of the body. Trying to see if I can put a strut inside just below the cockpit to push out the fuselage a bit to make it flush with the bottom part. Problem is that area is blocked by the cockpit well and wheel well. At this point I am only thinking of fixing the major gaps. Not even going to reshape the other deformities.
Kit manufacture: Hasegawa Scale: 1/72 Type: A-10A Thunderbolt II Extras used: Verlinden Productions resin and photoetch update Paints and colours used: Vallejo Model Air Ghost Grey in the cockpit, various Vallajo and Tamiya paints inside, Gunze H57 Aircraft Grey, H301 Grey FS36081, H302 Green FS34092 and H303 Green FS34102 for the camo colours. Aqua Gloss, Tamiya Semi Gloss and Flat Coat were used for the clear coats. Weather was done with thinned down Tamiya Rubber black and Flory Dark Dirt weathering wash. The kit was ok... Raised panel lines are a pain as they are hard to reproduce when lost through sanding as well as cause issues with holding wash. The fit wasn't great; a lot of filler and sanded needed. To be fair it is an older kit and the amount of resin and lead I crammed in definitely didn't help. That said, it wasn't cheap for an older kit. I bought this before I really new about reboxing etc, and knowing what I know now I'd have probably invested the same money on a new kit. At the end of the day, I'm pleased with how she turned out and she undeniably looks like a hog. Here's the pics: So there we go! Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism welcome as always, Many thanks, Val