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A-10A Jerome Lorusso builds Trumpeter’s large scale Thunderbolt
Albatros Marc Guerrero describes his build of the Wingnut Wings 1:32 scale kit of the iconic WW1 German fighter
F7F Tigercat Francisco Soldan describes his build of heavily weathered F7F.
Mirage Megas Tsonos returns to tackle a 1:48 Greek Mirage
Royal New Zealand Airforce P-40E Jamie Haggo builds the 1:32 Hasegawa kit
Air Born New releases.
F-14B Tomcat Building the 1:72 scale Hasegawa Tomcat described by Luis Mira GomezCalcerrada.
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The Trumpeter has undertaken for a number of years now, a new
journey into the world of larger scale aircraft kits in 1:32 and 1:24.
The aftermarket manufacturers offer many additional detail sets
It is fair to say that most of these models are great, but there are
so that we are spoiled for choice! Cutting Edge, Black Box,
greater difficulties associated with their construction and their
Legends Production, CAM miniatures, and Eduard, help us, to sort
storage! I wanted to accept this challenge and to see if once the
out Trumpeter’s cockpit. I chose the Cutting Edge resin cockpit,
modelling work was completed, if it was possible to get close to a
which fits the model with no problems, adding some details with
convincing level of realism in 1:32 scale. To do so I built the A-10
the photoetched sets from Eduard. I simply followed the
Warthog A, one of the earlier releases in the Trumpeter 1:32 range.
installation instructions, and this detail set is really useful as well
The model is enormous, but it has many flaws, reminding me in
as being very simple to fit. The only drawback is the ejection seat
some ways the old Tamiya kit in 1:48. As I said, the larger scale
rails, moulded integrally with the cockpit tub as they are very easy
places greater demands on the modeller with details that may not
to break. Particular attention should be plaid in the last phase,
be obvious in 1:72 being very obvious in 1:32. The biggest problem
when it comes time to fit the instrument panel and I had to do
areas of the kit are the cockpit, and the canopy.
several test fittings. To paint the cockpit I used every detail from
The rest of the model can be considered reasonably accurate.
my various references, and the video game "lock-on", which has a
Before I started building the model, I spent time in various internet
very realistic rendition of the cockpit! The overall colour is dark gull
searches, gaining wide variety of pictures, for the subject in question.
grey FS36231 with semi-gloss black panels for the various
instruments. The main instrument
mm. For the various cables and
panel is supplied with flight
wires, various copper wires and
instruments in relief, but I preferred
solder ranging between 0.5 mm
to remove these and to open up
and 0.08 mm thickness were used.
the holes for the dials. Printed
All the avionics boxes were built
acetate film with the dials was then
with using scrap resin and assorted
placed behind the panel for the
plastic. All the fixing holes in the
most realistic finish. The beautiful
frames were reproduced with a 0.3
Cutting Edge ejectior seat does not
provide any belts so I added those
Similarly, I reproduced the individual
provided by Eduard.
doors for the various bays. Each of them has a base sheet of 0.25 mm,
which has been shaped to follow
The idea of seeing such a big
the fuselage contours. Each of the
model with the avionics bays
doors, had all the screw fixings
opened up had already been my
added and 2 mm long and 0.3 mm
plan. With the reference book by
in diameter copper wire was used
Verlinden, plus all the various
to make the screws. The overall
photos I collected on the A-10, I
colour of all the bays are FS 16473,
sketched out some designs on
deviating from the standard,
paper as a guide to construction,
Insignia white FS 17875.
and then I transferred all the accumulated data to plasticard.
Each individual compartment is in
The kit provides two resin copies of
proportion to the real ones, for the
what should be the engines, the
compartment walls I used 1mm
General Electric TF-34 Turbo Fans,
plasticard and for the shelves 0.5
but are far from realistic. In 3
addition, the external parts are supplied in
for colouring, I worked from the reference
with copper pipe sections 1.5 and 2.0 mm
clear plastic making them look like a toy.
diameter, and the muzzle of the gun is supplied by Cutting Edge. The engine of
I decided model one engine closed and
another opened up. In dedicated exterior
the cannon is a piece made on a lathe by
set for the kit, Cutting Edge provide a pair
You cannot talk about the A-10 without
a friend (thanks Maurice), while the rest is
of corrected exhaust pipes. I cut the piece
mentioning its main weapon. The design of
scratchbuilt from plasticard, and copper
of Trumpeter resin engine and I
this aircraft is based around the gun that
wire. The feed chutes were made of
reconstructed with plastic discs the
extends for about 7 meters inside the
0.5mm steel rod for greater rigidity, while
missing parts because the kit ones were
fuselage! I planned on showing this detail
the flexible parts of the chutes were made
not accurate. I also reproduced the second
revealing part of it and the ammunition
with 0.6mm copper wire, softened by
set of fans blades, copying from those of
drum. It took me a bit of time and a lot of
heating in a flame, and then wrapped
photographic research to determine these
around a former of the correct dimension.
Working from my photographic references
details. Again for this, I made drawings to
For the ammunition drum, I detailed the
I started to add all the missing detail like all
help me to better understand the
front and rear, where you can see a ring of
complex plumbing and electrical boxes, a
geometry of the pieces. I rejected nearly all
bullets, which were made from 0.9 mm
time-consuming process! Naturally the
the gun parts of the model, keeping only a
plastic rod and 9 mm long, the scale size
internal doors were duly detailed too and
few. The seven barrels have been rebuilt
of the 30mm shells.
Within the drum I added about 90 grams,
From these I had to remove some detail,
Tail compartment & A.P.U.
of balast to balance the nose of the model.
using grinding wheels and to drill some
Although I had already done substantial
The compartment for the drum has been
holes, to replicate the real ones.
work in improving the model I wanted to
scratchbuilt, making sure that it would fit
Photoetch, copper wire and solder were
add something of my own. After drawing
alongside all the avionics bays.
used to add the fine detail. To simulate the
what I wanted, I removed both the tail
clamps around the struts I used Tamiya
Undercarriage & wheel bays
cone of the fuselage, and the APU
masking tape cut to size. For these areas
compartment door. Fortunately the plastic
Detail is sadly lacking in these areas of the
the dominant colour is grey FS 16473,
is really soft and can be cut without any
kit. Armed with essential patience and my
which once dried, was weathered using oil
problems. I found several pictures on the
trusty pencil, I made my own details for the
paints. I replaced the rubber wheels of the
internet of some A-10s damaged during
wheel bays. The front compartment is
kit with those from Cutting Edge, which are
the conflicts in the Gulf, with damage in
more complex than the wings, because of
very nice and with a weighted effect.
these areas, showing fully the mechanism
the particular stepped structure of the
and the ribs inside the fuselage. Using the
fuselage. I deleted the internal detail of the
The assembly of the wheel nacelles on the
usual materials I rebuilt all of these parts,
kit, to make my own detail along with
wings was somewhat complicated
although once the work is finished, you will
some Eduard photoetched parts. Once I
because after the required improvements,
see little because it is a hidden area. To
had finished the work on the bays I turned
their position was changed, creating gaps
obtain the internal shapes of the fuselage, I
my attention to the undercarriage legs
which were filled with Milliput and sanded
used a profilometer.
which are supplied as diecast metal, so
smooth with the panel detail re-engraved.
they can support the weight of the model.
The APU compartment appears in the Verlinden Lock On book, but I could not find other photos that showed greater detail, without pushing me into extreme detail. The decision to build this was the result...