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First post for a while so a new build, thought a Vietnam era A-1 would just be the ticket. 

Armed with a bit of aftermarket like the lovely Brassin seat and some Quinta office decals 

I thought why not. 

 

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Not much progress so far just the basic's of the pit. The seat is a real gem and paints up really well.

 

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Enjoy folks 

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Nice to see you back Dan and with a great project as well!

Great start looking forward to watching you working your magic

 

   Stay safe       Roger

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Thank you chaps,

 

So a bit more work tonight, mostly on the Yankee escape system, again an addition from Brassin.

 

RBF tag added to the seat, a Qunita decal.

 

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Lovely work on the cockpit, especially your painting of the Eduard seat.  I have the seat and Quinta decals but I'm interested in the wing fold set, I used the F-8 Crusader set from this company, it needed some fettling to fit.

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11 hours ago, Retired Bob said:

Lovely work on the cockpit, especially your painting of the Eduard seat.  I have the seat and Quinta decals but I'm interested in the wing fold set, I used the F-8 Crusader set from this company, it needed some fettling to fit.


Cheers Bob, good to know that the wing fold might need some extra attention. 
I’m in two minds on wether to use it on this build tbh, I have the A-1H in the stash so it might be saved for that build. 
 

if you are using the Eduard seat you have to remove a few circuit breakers from the Quinta decal as they foul the front right of the seat, not a difficult task but worth noting. 

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Cheers chaps,

 

Fuselage together, no real dramas with this just a bit more fettling with the seat to get it to clear the tub sides.

Scratch built the VHF whip base and antenna which is missing from the Tamiya kit. Added the whip from Carbon rod. 

 

Noticed a few more lumps a bumps that have to be added but no real dramas, probably forgotten by Tamiya after they released the H version.

 

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A tad more work tonight, I've added some missing detail from the cockpit combing, a couple of extra instruments 

added, almost done with this now with a few more bits to add.

 

The two new instruments will get some dials added from an Airscale set. 

 

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Cheers 

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A touch more done to the combing, more detail added again, working on the gunsight which is a bit basic 

so I'll detail that up. 

Some basic engine works started. 

 

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Fantastic build! I'm really enjoying following along. Superb work on the cockpit, the detailing is amazing. 

 

I had the Airfix 1/72 as a youngster, and I'm quite tempted by this kit now - a sort of replacement/nostalgia build.

 

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the engine!

 

Cheers, 

Mark 

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Cheers chaps, the VHF whip isn’t yet glued on so it’s not a problem 🫡

 

Engine will get some extra work but nothing to major, I have the Eduard PE set so some wiring and careful painting will probably be fine. 

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A touch of work on the kit engine, some ignition wires added with lead wire and that is it. added the Eduard PE wires and they looked pants 

so a v2 was required. No point in going to mad as you really can't see much.

Painted up with MRP Steel, white aluminium and interior green, primer was Mr Sufacer Black, after the main painting the engine details were treated to a pin wash

of Tamiya Black Panel liner. Mike Grant decals provided a small data plate. 

 

Black panel liner is still drying so one dry I'll hit it with a matt varnish.  

 

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Cheers for all the likes chaps, not much of an update today I'm afraid :huh:

 

Stuff has been going on with the build but not very exciting, sanding seams and the likes but I have painted up the combing, well more like blocked it in 

with the base colours. Some decals added to the scratch instruments and the engine got a matt varnish, some highlights have been added but very subtle at this stage. 

 

A couple more missing details added, one antenna thingy to the tail next to the nav light that Tamiya missed for the J version and a sight thing to the side of the cockpit.

I've read various bits on it and one article stated  that its a dive bombing sight and one other article states that it was used for carrier landings? Anyway the USAF pilots hung their helmets off it. 

It's the bent bit of brass rod below the left hand site of the cockpit bolted onto the amour plate. 

 

 

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Credit where its due, the Eduard Brassin 3D printed tail wheel is a work of art and a very cheap upgrade to an already excellent kit.

This will paint up really well.

 

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Working on the main gear bays using the Eduard PE set as a basis for detailing, I've removed the gear bay doors from the inners as to make painting easier.

I'll pin the doors with brass rod during final assembly.

 

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One of the main landing gear legs roughed out, again with the Eduard Brassin wheels.

Brake lines yet to be added.

 

 

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Exhausts get cleaned up and the tips drilled out, primed with MRP white primer.

 

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Other MLG leg assembled, I'll be adding a bit more detail on these as Tamiya skimped a little. 

Some wiring need in the gear bays which is why the wing to and bottoms have not yet been glued. 

Brassin wheels have some great brake details rendered. 

Engine is now in subassemblies and the prop and cowl are primed in Mr Surfacer black. 

 

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Tail wheel gets the paint today, MRP white primer which was then glossed with MRP varnish.

Mike Grant decal for the data plate, glossed again and then it with Tamiya panels liners.  

 

Turtle deck got some grey paint and the combing got some extra weathering using the AK weathering pencils to add some subtle highlights and shadow. 

Wheel wells got some basic painting. Exhausts get some basic colours added. 

 

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Great work! The extra details really bring it to life - the additional instruments and fittings you've scratched are excellent and the whole "office" is looking brilliant. Those Brassin bits look quite nice as well!

 

Cheers,

Mark

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