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Stew Dapple

1/72 HobbyBoss A-10A Thunderbolt II

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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:

 

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Cheers,

 

Stew

 

 

 

 

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Very nice Stew, she's a real beauty. Great job on the stores too, lovely tiny stuff.

I'm sure he'll love it (lucky lad) :) 

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That young lad will love it!

 

nice job Stew 😎

 

cheers

 

Bruce 

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Very nice. I am sure James won't be able to resist making those distinctive 'Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrpp' sounds when he gets his hands on it! There is some good footage on YouTube showing that fearsome weapon in action.

 

Regards

 

Richard C

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I just love this airplane when heavily loaded like that !  

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Looks great, hope it will be in good hands !

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Thanks gents - it has to survive a seven-and-a-half hour train journey first! If I can just deliver it intact I think I will have done my bit :)

 

Thanks all for your kind comments,

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

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A lean, clean, tank-busting machine! Good one! Loved your choice of ordnance!

 

Mike

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23 minutes ago, Stew Dapple said:

Thanks gents - it has to survive a seven-and-a-half hour train journey first! If I can just deliver it intact I think I will have done my bit :)

 

Thanks all for your kind comments,

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

Well they were built to take a lot of punishment, fly on half an engine and half a wing and all, so I'm sure it'll survive a dodgy train journey ;)

 

Good job, I likes all the bombs.

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Echoing everyone else Stew, it looks great. Not a jet man myself but I could see myself building one of these, you've done a great job. 

 

Good luck with the deligery, hope it gets there safely 

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A very nice model and neat build.  Markings if I'm not mistaken are for the "Flying Tigers" and you could end up building a shark mouth P-40 to go with it ;)

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Excellent job Stew the weapons fit look's great I build this kit a couple of years ago thought it was a cracking kit,

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