Tom ... Excellent build, John. It's loaded up to the gills!
10. February, 22:22
Greg Baker Great work John, as always. It's funny, for the first time I understand why a lot of people ask about putting figures into my Tintin builds. It does seem like that would be a nice addition, even if it is a bit understandably hard to manage in this scale.
10. February, 22:28
JOHN THOMAS Thanks Greg, I would have like to have added figures if I could fine some nice ones. All of the ones I have are just horrible. I liked the way the SAS Jeep turned out. It's the first time I used Pigments in a project and I may be doing more Armor in the future.
JOHN THOMAS I needed to make some bases for a contest I was entering. I like to give some context to the models that I build, so I did a little demo on how I make simple wood bases.
30. March 2018, 12:51
Patrick Hagelstein Wow! Those look really cool! And by the looks of it, they seem simple to produce. I like it!
30. March 2018, 12:54
JOHN THOMAS Yes Patrick, the bases took less than a day to make and you can make as many as you like. The photo coping of the Verlinden's cards makes it a very simple way to make a base. I do think they also make them in 1:48 scale. I have not done any Snow, Dirt, sand or Mud but will add them whem I need them
JOHN THOMAS New photos up today. I finished the main painting of the airframe and started detail painting and painting of the small bits
23. December 2019, 13:11
JOHN THOMAS Roland, Thanks. The quality of the kit is OK. It's not as detailed as the Hasegawa's A-4 and it does take some care to get good results. So far the fit of the kit is fine. I am now just getting in to the small bits and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
JOHN THOMAS Hans Thanks, I do have the special hobby 1/48 TA-4 two seater in my stash but for now I want do the Combat A-4s first.
3. December 2019, 01:15
JOHN THOMAS Sorry guys, not Special Hobby but Hasegawa does make a TA-4J two seater in 1/48 scale all so Classic Airframe made one . Some TA-4F/Js did do forward air control (FAC) in a combat rule so I will add this to the list and the over all project.
3. December 2019, 16:45
JOHN THOMAS I have found an old Monogram OA-4M and Hasegawa TA-4J. New photos up today
7. December 2019, 15:36
JOHN THOMAS Hans, Thanks. I am all ways on the hunt for A-4 Skyhawks
7. December 2019, 16:28
JOHN THOMAS Hans Thanks, I am all ways on the hunt for A-4 Skyhawks. I like your A-4 build, nice camo work as well. My work on the A-4B project continues. New photos up today.
7. December 2019, 16:31
Patrick Hagelstein Cool to see how much more of a combat plane the OA-4M is compared to the TA-4J when you compare the boxarts of the Monogram and Hasegawa kits.
7. December 2019, 17:02
Carlos Cisneros Those are decent Scooter kits. They cover the single seat family pretty well. The cockpit needs help though...
7. December 2019, 17:16
JOHN THOMAS Patrick and Carlos, Thanks Patrick the OA-4M was design as a pure combat aircraft, the TA-4F/J was mainly designed as a fleet trainner that could do some combat rolls like FAC. Carlos the kit cockpit is basic and not very accurate but when painted up and installed it does not look to bad
JOHN THOMAS Hey guy's More A-4s. VA-76 A-4C. I will be modeling Ted Swartz's A-4C which on May 1, 1967 shot down a Mig 17 with Zuni rockets. Swartz shot down was the only A-4 shot down of a Mig during the whole Vietnam War. I will convert the Airfix A-4B to an A-4C. I will use "Attack Squardon" A-4C conversion detail set which has a new resin nose and some PE. Much of the build will be the same as my other A-4 builds.
JOHN THOMAS Hey all. more A-4's. I have started a new A-4. I will be back dating the Airfix A-4B back to an A-4A. This will required some minor surgery. I will be building this A-4A along with my two A-4B's. Much of the same work I did on the A-4Bs will be done on the A-4A. I will modeling an A-4A from around 1958. Some of the Minor surgery required will be Removing the rudder ribs on the tail and remove the wing vortex generators and remove the refueling probe. The A-4As did not have refueling probe also the early A-4As did not have the red slat wells and red trim on gear doors.
10. September 2019, 00:14
JOHN THOMAS Some new photos up today. Working on cockpit and seat.