A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby Jamesv9820 on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 9:10 pm

A while ago Rod and myself got talking about starting a few build diaries for the UKAR forum This is mainly to get a bit more interest and bring some life back in here and share some of the build techniques that we know. I’m not saying I know it all by the way but if I can inspire some others to build and try new things, that makes it all worthwhile to me . It has been a while since I have done a build thread the last being a 1/72 Airfix Victor that I built at the start of the year.
Anyway on with this build. One of my favourite airframes and very imposing in 1/32 scale, measuring 550mm x 500mm! I bought the kit a number of years ago from some guy on a social media site, saying that he would never do it justice and it came with some resin parts. Those part turned out to be a very rare and sought after Cutting Edge Cockpit and Detail set. Jackpot!

When I got the kit, the fuselage halved were joined together and the main wing construction was undertaken and a few other ancillary bits and bobs and after a brief check of the contents all was confirmed to be included.

The Aim of the kit is to reproduce a Euro 1 Scheme; I am hoping that I can get some decals made up to represent an Alconbury airframe but will have to work on that.
Included in the build are as follows:
Resin Cockpit & detail set
Resin Wheels (True Details)
Master GAU-8Gun muzzle & Pitot Tube
A rather funky nose weight

I am to update on a weekly basis and explain what I have carried out in this time though if you have any questions on the techniques, or build, please do comment.
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Re: A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby Craig on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 9:14 pm

Great idea! :smile:

Really looking forward to following this. We can all learn or develop new techniques, me more than most! :lol:
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Re: A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby ArabJazzie on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 9:24 pm

Hello James,
I also think this is a great idea and wonder if this is worth pinning to the top so it could be used as a reference for the future. I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, especially after seeing some of your magazine features!
Arabest,
Geoff.
52 in a year! We must be certifiable!
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Re: A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby Jamesv9820 on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 9:29 pm

Cheers guys - I will let the mods decide if they wish to pin or not.

Just cracking on with the cockpit and internals here at the moment. Will get a post with photos in the next week.

I understand that Rod might be joining me with a build as well...
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Re: A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby Al Wood on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 10:08 pm

Jamesv9820 wrote:Cheers guys - I will let the mods decide if they wish to pin or not.

Just cracking on with the cockpit and internals here at the moment. Will get a post with photos in the next week.

I understand that Rod might be joining me with a build as well...


This should be good as you both produced top drawer stuff. :snack:
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Re: A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby Craig on Tue 05 Sep 2017, 5:35 pm

ArabJazzie wrote:Hello James,
I also think this is a great idea and wonder if this is worth pinning to the top so it could be used as a reference for the future. I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, especially after seeing some of your magazine features!
Arabest,
Geoff.

As requested :smile:
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Re: A-10A Thunderbolt II - 1/32 Scale Trumpeter with extras

Postby Jamesv9820 on Thu 21 Sep 2017, 9:54 pm

Week 1 – Working on the Cockpit

Apologies for the lack of an update so far; real life gets in the way and I get to this project when I can.

When I first bought this kit (I recall it being around £65!) it was stated as started) and had the fuselage halves joined and the main wing construction completed. The Cutting Edge detail set had been started with the rear APU and a few other vents were drilled and installed and the refuelling pod on the left wing added (the wings were 80% built as well. I normally do not buy anything like that but the Cutting Edge resin is very rare so took the plunge. Part started was the cockpit conversion for the superbly detailed and very much out of production set, so the first job on the list is the cockpit is to construct this item and set it in the plane.

One of my absolute pet hates is to construct the seats, especially where photo etch is involved. You may notice that all of my builds follow this rule with the Photo etch seats often being removed even in large scale and I opt for a cast resin belt set, typically from the like of Quickboost. Fortunately on this occasion a beautifully moulded ACESII Ejection seat (complete with belts) was included with the set. Primed with Mr Surfacer 1200 at first and left to dry, the first stage is to get the main base colour on. This was Gunze H307 this being the main cockpit colour for the tub and seat and was applied with an airbrush. Left to dry, H305 and H81 (Khaki) was then applied to the cushions and seat rests with the parachute pack being picked out with Tamiya XF-18 (Blue). Various other details were picked out and left to dry.


To apply the weathering I know the usual rule is to gloss then apply the weathering medium, however, I usually go the other way these days and seal with a decent Matt coat and then apply the wash in th recessed. You can see the results for yourself in the photos. Mig Ammo Panel Line Wash (PLW) is my preferred wash; I just find it way to apply and remove once dried. If there are any stubborn stains, these can be wiped away with a bit of white spirit.

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

The cockpit itself was finished in a similar fashion to the seat, the panels finished in XF-85 Tamiya Rubber Black and the detail was picked out with Gunze H67, through dry brushing and applying paints to the dials with a cocktail stick. LCD panels were replicated using clear gloss to represent these being powered down.

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr
ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr





One of the issue with using the resin tub is that the cast fouls on the gun mechanism. The magazine housing is really useful for storing weight in and I ended up filling this up with a product called ‘Liquid gravity’, it a really useful and effectively is small weights used in the modelling industry to weigh down scale locomotive cars but I use it for nose weight. Simply fill up the nose cone and set with thin superglue. Works a treat! The remained of the GAU-8 is not really seen so I took the choice to remove the rest of the gun to allow the resin tub to slide in with ease. Once the assembly was completed, this was fixed in place with 5 minute epoxy resin and set to dry. A further noseweight was installed in the front section of the fuselage again set with epoxy resin. With all the weight, I am pretty sure that this will not be a tail dragger!



ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr

ImageTrumpeter A-10 Thunderbolt - WIP Photos by James Vaitkevicius, on Flickr


More to follow soon once the fuselage is sealed up and seam lines are sorted out..
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