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baldwin8    72

I've been encouraged by a respected member of this forum to provide some of my work for others to see. The last number of years I've struggled to finish and complete a kit. My building started in the 70's and the 80's and 90's, completed many and reaching a quality level that I was really pleased with. I have a good feeling working on this kit, I do see the finishing line relatively speaking.

 

The LTV A-7 aircraft has been a favourite of mine for some time. And 2 seat versions of normally single seat aircraft as well a favourite. Yes the Hobby Boss Corsair has its warts, but I don't really see another on the horizon any time soon. My local hobbyshop had only the TA-7C available but it did include all the parts to build as an Air Force version. The South Dakota Air National Guard is one units markings I've admired with the Mount Rushmore art on the top of the tail. Those markings  are included on a Xtradecal release.

 

One aspect of the kit I disliked were the numerous rivet/screw details engraved everywhere. Most were filled with Tamiya surface primer, leaving just a hint of a few here and there that will show slightly after painting and weathering. The boarding ladder and steps will be made. I viewed the main wheels as a bit thin looking, so I sandwiched  plastic card between the halves. The ejection seat seemed rather narrow and I've started to adjust it with Milliput.

 

My work keeps me from progressing everyday and I am not sure how many installments I will have but my goal is to show my completed work in the finished model section.

 

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Christer A    1,512

That's a great start on a fine piece of plastic. The model goes together easily, and I didn't need to use many drops of filler for my A-7D attempt.

Good luck!

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Booty003    832

I really like the Hobby Boss A-7 despite its odd shape in areas.  Built a couple so far and they look great completed.

 

Go for it and have some fun!!

 

Phil

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Gene K    633
On 8/15/2017 at 7:15 PM, baldwin8 said:

. I have a good feeling working on this kit, I do see the finishing line relatively speaking.

 

You should -- coming along great. :wink: How did you level off the Tamiya Surface Primer while filling the rivets?

 

Thanks for the progress report, Craig. Hopefully you'll have time to post as you go along.

 

Gene K

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baldwin8    72
On 8/18/2017 at 5:03 PM, Gene K said:

How did you level off the Tamiya Surface Primer while filling the rivets?

 

Most of my work is done with a few tools that I can do about %95 of my modelling. The 400 wet/dry with a piece of sturdy plastic foam to back it up works well to tidy up my seams and filler. The sanding boards from the make up section at drugstores  or department stores. The dividers and 6 inch steel rule have been used endless times. A lot of money can be spent on every tool advertised but I think most modellers have the skill to make the simplest tools fit the job.

 

The fairing for the cannon does not give the blended-in look of the actual detail so milliput with more grey filler helped it along. A small point with the decals, the "South Dakota" script on the tail is different than when I photographed some of their aircraft in the late 80's as shown in my ref photo but I will go with the decals as provided.

 

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baldwin8    72

A small investment for my color slide/photo collection, a scanner. I am adding 2 images taken by myself in 1988. There will be more added to this project in the coming days. Working on the intake but now debating scratching an intake cover.

 

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baldwin8    72

A diversion for my Ksair. My plan was to use the markings of the South Dakota ANG but the Xtradecals seem to have an error as to not providing opposing greys for codes and numbers. I will use the Des Moines IA unit instead. Both reference pictures I found of the aircraft show the paint as matte finish.

 

The intake will be covered with a typical soft type made with milliput. As well notice I used .015" plastic on the leading edge to give them a slightly beefier look.

 

A little more fill work on some seams and checking the panel line scribes before priming.

 

The Reidair publishing of the A-7 is a great reference and answers many questions about the details.

 

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The raised panels on the kits were sanded flush as I thought they were a bit over done for this scale.

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baldwin8    72

Getting close to applying primer and fitting of the front windscreen. My hopes for a smooth final fit of parts were ended when I saw how poor fitting the front windscreen was. More sheet plastic were needed before attaching the clear part. Small lights are present on the K model behind the canopy, the bases of there 3 lights were glued and sanded slightly. Landing gear doors and avionics panels which are opened will be thinned down for the better scaled appearance.

 

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baldwin8    72

A few more images from my personal collection of photographs.

 

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