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  1. A-10C Thunderbolt II 1/72 Revell (03857) The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or more commonly The Warthog is an aircraft specifically designed for ground support. Post war the USAF all but ignored the need for close air support (CAS) aircraft and found itself reliant on older propeller based aircraft such as the A-1 Skyraider. While this was an excellent aircraft in this role a 1966 study identified the need for a modern aircraft which needed to be at least as capable as the A-1. The A-X CAS would be the first US Aircraft specifically designed for CAS and the threat from large numbers of Soviet tanks. As such the specification called a 30mm rotary cannon armed aircraft capable of a short field performance and the ability to carry at least 16,000 lbs of external stores. 6 companies submitted proposals with Northrop & Fairchild being selected to build prototypes The YA-9 & YA-10. Fairchild won the fly off in 1973 and thus the Warthog was born. Over the years the aircraft has had a few upgrades. 2005 brought the A-10C and with it a new fire control system, ECM suite and the ability to use smart weapons. Despite the aircraft not being a sleek sexy fast jet it has proven and continues to prove its worth in modern combat roles. Despite many attempts to pension of the jet the aircraft is now scheduled to be in service to 2028 and maybe beyond. The Kit Here Revell have re-boxed the Italeri kit. While probably the best 1/72 now available it does reflect the the latest A-10C, and in modelling the trend for engraved panel lines over everything else. While the A-10 has some of these it is also festooned with large dome head rivets over the rear fuselage and tail, none of which are on this kit. The kit does provide the large fuel tanks seen on the A-10 and some weapons. There are Sidewinder, cluster bombs, other bombs, and a pair of mavericks. The rendering of the famous GAU-8 muzzle is very soft. Construction starts with the cockpit. The seat goes together and then fits into the tub, followed by the instrument panel. Details for the panel and the side consoles are provided as decals. Next up the front nose wheel recess needs to be mad up. Once this and the cockpit are complete they can be paced into the fuselage, and the main fuselage closed up. Revell recommend adding 30g of nose weight. Next up the main wing needs to be constructed. This is a single part lower with left/right uppers. Inserts need to be fitted into the airbrake recesses. The wing can then be joined to the fuselage. The engines are now made up into there podded unit and these can be added to the fuselage. On the wings separate parts are provided for open or closed airbrakes, The twin tail section is the next to be constructed. The tails fit the the cross member and this to the underside of the rear fuselage. The nose cone is fitted and along with it the muzzle for the GAU-8. The landing gear and its doors are next to go on. The fuselage is finished off with a few aerials and the under fuselage strakes. Moving to the wings the pylons and any armament options can be built up and attached. Lastly the canopy can go on, and if wanted the pilots boarding ladder can be in the deployed position. Decals Here the decal sheet is printed in Italy and features one option only for the Demo jet from 354th Fighter Sqn, 355th Wing, Davis Monthan AFB, 2019/2020 Conclusion While it maybe the better of the A-10 kits out there in this scale it does have a few issues, and you will be well prepared to get your own weapons and decals if you dont fancy making the demo bird. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  2. Barksdale Warthog 79-0152 Thank you for watching! Regards, Tjeerd
  3. I knew I wanted to take part in this GB, I have a history of building GW aircraft for GBs! I bought this kit a few years ago at a show, when I was first pondering moving to 1/48 (from 1/72). I never really felt any need to build it until now. I think it was when I realised that the only Gulf War kits in my stash were this and a 1/144 Revell Tonka with a Freghtdog GR4 conversion and Op. Granby decals- I may get round to that one later.. (Thinks- must get a suitable kit for next year's Falklands 40 GB- there's bound to be one!) So, my subject for this GB is an OA-10A, 76-0547, of the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, 602nd TAC Wing, tasked with a Forward Air Control mission as "Nail FAC", based at King Fahd Airport, Saudi Arabia, and carrying "The Unknown Bomber" noseart. My kit is the Zhengdefu (don't laugh!) A-10A Thunderbolt II, but using AM decals kindly given by a fellow BMer, from a SpeedHunter Graphics sheet (still in the post!) This is the kit: Here are the decals, most of which will not be used. Only one of the five options offered is a Gulf War bird, and that one is missing noseart, among other things . . . And lastly, the comdedy instruction sheet! Apart from the "Chinglish" text, in the first construction stage, the builder is told to fasten the fuselage halves together with "cellophane tape" and "DO NOT CEMENT"- that's fine, but nowhere in the instructions does it say to cement the fuselage!- I get a mental picture of young modellers with Warthogs falling apart because they haven't been told to glue them! I think this could well contain some fun! See you all on Sunday! (And I've just noticed that the date on my camera is set a day ahead-no attempt to con anybody, just an oversight, I'll put it right, right now!)
  4. A-10A Thunderbolt II Interior 3D Decal (QD32008 - For Trumpeter Kit) 1:32 Qunita Studio When Quinta’s innovative products first came to our attention a few months ago they caused quite a stir, as well they should. The replacement Instrument Panels and internal details are mind-boggling to look at, because we’re used to seeing simplified styrene instrument panels, or Photo-Etch Brass panels with either two layers of etch, or laminated parts that can be tricky to glue together, even though they are pre-painted for your ease. But decals? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill decals though, they’re 3D printed in many layers and colours on a flat carrier film, having as much in the way of elevation as is needed to complete a realistic panel printed in the correct colours, complete with shiny dial faces, lustrous MFD screens and metallic-effect hardware, and often including cushions and seat belts in the set. Each set arrives in a ziplok bag with a folded instruction booklet protecting the decals, which are also separately bagged, so they should reach you in good condition. The pictorial instructions are printed on glossy paper, and are shown in full colour as befits the awesomeness of the sets, showing exactly where each part should go on the actual model, so there’s no confusion due to the “pictures speak a thousand words” maxim. Additional hints and instructions are also included, marking out parts needing bases, kit parts and other useful tips. The technical instructions in the text-based sheet gives additional tips to the new user about maximising adhesion and preventing lift at the edges by wicking in super glue. This set for the Large scale Trumpeter kit supplies the instrument panel, side consoles and additional instruments on the A-10's front screen frame. Also included are the cockpit anti-spalling side pads, ejection seat pads, seat belts, seat handles and seat placards, as well as RBF tags. Conclusion They’re still a highly impressive product and look to be very useful, even more so to those who are not fans of PE (Like myself). Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Are you talking to me? Here's my latest off the workbench - it took a little more than 9 months in the making, mostly because I'm slow. A short summary of the project first KIT: Italeri 1:72 A-10A/C Thunderbolt II N.1376 AIRFRAME: Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 79-0196, 23rd TFW, 74th TFS Flying Tigers, while stationed at King Fahd Air Base in 1991, during Operation Desert Storm MARKINGS: kit decals, except for the blue fin edges. These were airbrushed, while the white lightnings with the squadron number were cut off the original decals. The Italeri proposed marking scheme isn’t entirely accurate, as it’s a mix up of two different airplanes. I had to adapt some of the kit decals to reproduce the correct serial numbers, use kill marks and crew names plate from a different scheme of the same sheet and just skip some of the decals/stencils which didn’t look to be there on the real AC PAINTS: mainly Lifecolor acrylics, airbrushed, with the addition of Model Master Metallizer Titanium and AK Interactive Extreme Metal Steel for the air refuelling receptacle and other metallic bits, such as the exhaust nozzles. WEATHERING: mostly with tempera washes, various hues. Some dot filtering with oil in selected areas Aftermarkets: - Aires resin/PE cockpit set - Quickboost air intakes (designed for the HASEGAWA kit, but they fit just good on this one too) - Master Gatling GAU-8 cannon and Pitot tube Scratchbuilding: - Nose and tail bulged antennae, using plunge moulded styrene - PAVE PENNY POD clear head and internal details, using clear PET, brass pipe and thin styrene bits - brake lines and cables on all the gear struts and inside the wheel wells, using various copper and solder wires - Ailerons/airbrakes inner details, using alu tape and copper wires Here's the WIP thread, in case you're interested in: Many thanks to everybody who followed the build, with lots of useful tips, insights and pointers; this aircraft is a type my friend and fellow BMer @Gene K flew in the second part of his career (he may have probably flown this specific airplane at some point), so this build is inspired by him - I hope I made it justice, despite of my inclination to weathering ... Enough blah-blah, here are the pics (I keep struggling in search of a decent setup for my RFI pics, so apologies for not being the best quality): This shot of the underside is an in-progress, RBF tags missing All comments welcome Ciao
  6. Hi Guys, just finished this one, it was built for a GB on another forum. It's only the 2nd aircraft I've built, so plenty of mistakes and still a lot to learn.
  7. Hi everybody; I don't think the subject needs any introduction, as it's a well known aircraft. Slightly out of my normal interests (which are mainly fighters or fighter/bombers), it is also the type my friend and fellow BMer @Gene K flew in the second part of his career. So let's see: the kit aftermarkets that I'll be using and the specific aircraft I'm modelling Which corresponds to this, in real life (pic from https://f16crewchief.deviantart.com/art) BTW, does anybody know where to find more pics of this specific airframe? This one seems to be the only one showing up on Internet. Anyway, I started with a dryfit of the major parts: nose wheel bay and fuselage some panel lines not lining up very well in the nose and underneath A bit of a gap in the nose U/C bay area too Port top wing has some moulding defects at the root and on the outer edge which not surprisingly led to a bad alignment, when mated with the bottom section Starboard wing looks much better test fitting with fuselage The root joins look better once you apply a little pressure to set the correct dihedral At this point, I decided to check the fit of the lovely Aires resin tub which sports a very restrained casting block and a slot to be paired with the inside of the retractable ladder bay In order to fit it into the fuselage, the areas marked with a red pen need to go The IP coaming needs to be removed too, because there's a resin part for that too, but later for that. The kit cockpit mounting tabs need to go as well so after some scraping with a ball pointed Dremel tool and some cutting with a knife, I got here This way, the inner part of the ladder bay fits into the tub slot. As for the rest: Still a loooong way to go .... Comments, hint, tips, suggestions, critiques - all welcome Ciao
  8. Yes , another Warthog.. I hope i can finish it this time.. The box (maybe my choice for the subject) Aires cockpit Correct fan for the wrong kit.. i hope they fits well on the Italeri kit Kit decal and some spares from an old Superscale sheet
  9. Joining you with this kit. Which has remained in my stash since it came out in 1997. Two finish options - both Europe Lizard. I've not decided which as yet.
  10. Finished this today - the HobbyBoss A-10 with Authentic Decals aftermarket transfers and Eduard bombs and missiles. I'm visiting a friend in England tomorrow and her son James asked me specifically for a model of this type of aircraft - he requested 'wheels-up' so he can hang it from his ceiling, which required a bit of modification but the kit gear doors fortunately fitted very well. I added an Airfix pilot from the Vampire. I got the transfers because the kit transfers looked a bit ropey and didn't include a sharkmouth(!) and was a bit dismayed to find the kit didn't include any external stores either which meant I promptly spent twice what I had paid for the kit on Eduard resin bombs (Mk.82, Mk.83, Paveway II and HoBoS, if I recall correctly). I'm not sure if the aircraft would have carried all these stores at the same time but the model is for a 14-year old so I reasoned moar dakka. Thanks to Jamie at Sovereign Hobbies for sorting me out the colours (ACUS03 Light Ghost Gray and ACUS40 Dark Ghost Gray) - the kit instructions show a much greater contrast between the two greys (grays) but this is for clarity, the real colours are pretty hard to tell apart - not quite as hard as my photos indicate but that is my fault. Anyway it's my first completion of the year, here it is: Cheers, Stew
  11. Im in with a Lizard A10A from Tamiya in 1/48. This is an old kit, with raised panel lines and unrealistic armament - I will look for references, raid the spares and other kits for appropriate weaponry... As you can see, I bought this 'partially started' from Evil Bay - can I ask Mods for the to confirm its wellunder the 25% mark - I will need to start again anyways.. I have some aftermarket decals from XtraDecals to build an A10A based out of RAF Bentwaters/RAF Woodbridge - these were always seen around East Anglia growing up in the early 80's in their cool lizard scheme. I often went to Bentwaters as a youngster before joining the Army in 1985, as my dad had a friend serving in the USAFE based there so loads of memories.... Funny thing, 21 years later A10C's saved my and some colleagues bottoms a few times in Helmand (along with GR7/9s !) and they are still going strong - formidable weapon with that great sound when it fires over you.....Brrrrrrp..... Brrrrrt.... More Brrrrt... Low level fun from the titanium bathtub!
  12. The new set to upgrade "old" 1/48 A-10 models to modern standards and improve overall accuracy of them. The set is shown here on Hobby Boss model. Pics have high level of magnification.
  13. Hey, I'm new to these forums I was looking online for an A10 'Hog' (1/48) to add to my stash, but came across five or so different models. They all seemed to have their good and bads (e.g. no detail; no access panels; bad decals etc...). I have no idea which one to get. Money is not an issue, and I want to model it being heavily maintained, therefore, I want as many access panels as possible. If the engine's cowling can be opened, then a detailed engine would be nice. I also want a detailed cockpit. I don't care what the decals are like because I will probably get aftermarket ones. Please can any of you give your opinion on which model is best. Please link any detail sets (e.g. engine or cockpit) for one in your answer. Thanks )
  14. Hi folks,been quietly doing the Hobbyboss A10 "easy" kit for a couple of weeks while waiting for parts to dry on other projects. I am not really a "modern" aircraft builder and the last A10 I built was Matchbox,s kit when it was brand new.I have no idea how accurate this kit is but fit of parts was superb(only eight parts make the complete airframe) and the panel lines were some of the best I have come across from any maker.many thanks for looking.
  15. Hi everyone! I finished this one a while ago, but have not yet presented it to the Britmodeller readership. It's the Revell (Italeri rebox) A-10A, that was built under a strong influence of 'A-10s over Kosovo' book. While A-10 is in my top 3 US aircraft list, it is said to see so many A-10 models built with totaly unrealistic loadouts. In this case, I replicated the warload as it was on that fateful day, including the empty Maverick rail. For more photos and full story (I bet you are wandering what's with the green engine pod), click on the below photo. Thanks for watching!
  16. Here are the final pictures.. hope you enjoy them. For the build look here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931114-148-oa-10a-thunderbolt-ii-callsign-sandy/ And for all your comments, good or bad.. Shoot! Guess this on is really my favourite..
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