A-10 Thunderbolt II
Steven St James
A-10A Thunderbolt II
1/32 scale A-10A (including a free Squadron book)
is available online from Squadron.com
Here is another American aircraft model. What's happening? This is my
second non-Russian submission!
My only excuse is that I did the for the owner of CAM Decals. He's a
friend of mine, okay?
This is the 1/32 scale Trumpeter kit: It is not bad looking and fit is
pretty decent in most areas. The wings were a bit tough - especially the
undersides. The tended not to lay flat against the upper wing, forcing
me to heat the plastic with a hair dryer to lay the area flat.
The fuselage fits nicely but you have to make sure you put a LOT of
weight in the nose area or you are guaranteed to have a tail sitter.
The gun assembly calls for some weight but I didn't use the assembly.
I went with Black Box's set for the cockpit. This is very beautifully
rendered as is all of their stuff. I painted the cockpit with Gunze 308
light grey, then (A first) used Vallejo acrylics to do the cockpit
detail. The results were wonderful.
The gun barrel was from Cutting Edge. Since I didn't use the whole
assembly, I opted to use a large plastic rod to hold the new barrel in
Weapons were from CAM. Also great stuff.
The overall paint scheme commenced with a coat of Tamiya Flat Black as
an overall primer. Then, Gunze paints for the actual colors. (Note:
After I did the colors, I went over them again with lightened versions
of the same color. I don't lighten with white, as the appearance then
becomes chalky....I use lighter versions of the same colors. ie green
gets lighter green, grey gets a lighter grey...etc).
Markings were from CAM and as usual, I love these decals
The wash is Mars Black oil paint with Turpenoid as a medium. Then to
flat coat the whole thing, I use Xtra colors Matt Varnish. On this
particular aircraft, I drybrushed all of the great raised detail
with a yellow-ochre/titanium white oil.
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2002 by Steven St James
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Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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