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Old 08-16-2008, 05:25 AM
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Default 1/350th A6E Intruder, Finished

Well, I came across a model of a plane that I once had a kit of but lost during a move. So eager to get a chance to finally build one when combined with an amazing price of $1.25 brand new in sealed box caused me to leap into the unknown. Upon inspection I found a Chinese made injection molded kit that rivals the oldest Airfix or Matchbox offerings for lack of details and a poor resin kit for thickness of pieces? But undaunted I located a PE upgrade kit that would replce the nonexistant cockpit, extended flaps, wingtip amd fuselage airbrakes along with more to scale landing gear doors and such. Even the PE frets are kinda sparse but they're certainly more than the kit offered? A really sad starting point for detail freaks but the basic contours are still identifiable as an A6-E Intruder so I'm gonna see what can be made of it. So follow along in an act of futility if you so choose?

Shots of everything in the kit except the landing gear and canopy! Alongside are the PE frets with the cockpit tub already bent up and prepainted. The kit had NO cockpit details so even ejector seats will need to be scratched but the PE provides the framing for them.


A shot showing how much of the nearly "solid" inner body had to be removed to make way for the tub.



Don't worry about my other WIPs, this is just a minor diversion and I don't plan to spend too long on it. The addition of the PE and paint is about all this kit "deserves"!
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:50 AM
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Don,
Looks like another one of those kits that shouldn't look good,but somehow ya find away to put some damn fine realism in.
Let's see what ya do with this one me feathered mate!
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:14 AM
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You are one brave water fowl, that's all i can say. Best o' luck me duck billed buddy...







you may need it


I know you got no prob with PE stuff, the plastic bits may cause some problems though.

Go easy ya maniac!
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That's what I love about this place! One of us announces he's going to go play in traffic and all he receives is encouragement and the sage advice to "never mind the cars, look out for trucks!"

Thank you gents now follow along as my patience gets tested!
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:13 AM
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BTW gents, this is sorta of what I'm going for. Flaps down, airbrakes deployed and such which the PE will allow me to do.
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Got the ejector seats done up. Some styrene filed toshape and tucked between the PE assy. and that was that. Pictured alongside the airframe with cockpit tub in place now. Need to fashion up the forward coaming above the dash which needs to be set in still. Kinda moving along. The PE is the only thing salvaging this kit? Forgive the pic quality but somehow even macro mode isn't pulling anything in?


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that 72 scale? is that a resin kit or something? if it was 48, i have a few bits from a kit that came to me scrap.
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that 72 scale? is that a resin kit or something? if it was 48, i have a few bits from a kit that came to me scrap.

Thanks very much Moorcat but it's an odd scale or I'd have something or another to help it along too? That old kit I "lost" was 48th and I really miss it. Like I said, at this price I thought I'd at least have 'something' like an Intruder again, finally? Oh, and it should have been a resin kit cause then many of it's features would be more understandable. Oh well, sometimes you work with Ya got, huh?
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Alrighty then. Fashioned up the front coaming, placed the instrument panel in (with contrasting guages), joystick, ejector seats and painted the surrounds. Considering this whole area was 'solid' body below the canopy I do feel it's a vast improvement although even the 'details' are kinda bland compared to what is usually seen in a cockpit nowadays? But it's in there, it looks the part and from three feet it will pass! Maybe I should subtitle the thread,"Saga of the three-footer?"



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WELL FRICK!

I just fit the kit canopy on and it clashed with the seats? They're not too high, the canopy was too thick since there was never anything under it before? So, out came the Dremel, sandpaper and polish which I'm still doing. So far, this is the single most frustrating thing but eventually I'll get through it and then sometime later I'll get over it!
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Default Re: A Sow's Ear- WIP

After hacking off the trailing edges of the wings the PE extended flaps and wingtip airbrakes were added. Wings were added and here it sits. Next onto the undercarriage. The featureless bird is gaining some character now.



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Bloody hell!!
1/350
You crazy webbed footed waddling duck!!
Damn ya just took it to a new level that insaneness!!

BTW,great fucking work Duckster!!!
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Bloody hell!!
1/350
You crazy webbed footed waddling duck!!
Damn ya just took it to a new level that insaneness!!

BTW,great fucking work Duckster!!!
Actually it was all an accident. I'd bought the Intruders to bolster the airwing for the 'Enterprise Project' and of course Trumpeter has taken 1/350th planes to a new level what with the nice multipiece assemblies with provisions to pose the wings folded or opened, pretty scale realistic landing gear and best of all the clear canopies. Then I had ordered the White Ensign Models PE set for the Nimitz to also use on the Enterprise and get the deck equipment what with the tractors, bomb carts and such. But then I suddenly realized that the 'maniac' at WEM also included a full cockpit conversion along with the more to be expected parts like weapon hardpoints, a better tailhook and wing fold 'hinges'. But to include the airbrakes and extended ailerons? Dang, suddenly it was a 'detailing challenge' being issued! Well who am I to allow such parts to sit around dormant? Somehow even though I have surfed the web alot and looked at carrier builds I don't recall anyone talking about all of these detail pieces for the A/C? So I had to see what the hell they might look like, right?

So it wasn't my fault Phil, really.

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Well when ya put it that way!!!

What a challenge,it's hard to believe ya can do those mods to a 1/350 aircraft!
Nothing wrong with your eye site there Don!
Damn ya got a fantastic touch with such tiny pieces dude!!
Keep it going my friend!!
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Hoping not to belabor the point but I'm kinda amazed that WEM included all these details to pack into the plane? I mean a cockpit with twin ejector seats, an instrument panel with guages etched into it and even a joystick? I really wish I had whatever kind of high tech, high dollar photography equipment it would take just to show you what that really looks like! I wanted to add seat harnesses too but then realized making them in scale might be the size of human hair? I think I'll call what they gave me to work with as 'good enough'!

Thank you for the kind words mate.

Oh BTW: Wait till you see one of the lil helos! A full cabin floor inside with an etched cargo door to be posed open! Now that's gonna be fucking cool!
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