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Ron Garcia
Surprisingly easy build with some caveats. I didn't fold the wings or the rudder and I left out much of the inner assemblies like the bomb bay and radar. As a result, attaching the bomb bay doors were tricky since there weren't any prominent positive locating surfaces. The main landing gear assembly was tricky and overly complicated. Took a long while to figure them out as the instructions for that section were very vague. I closed the speedbrakes (I like my planes "clean" ) even though they are only molded in the open position. Very disappointed that there wasn't any bombs for the bomb bay. If Trumpeter included them, I definitely would have broken my clean airplane rule and opened the bomb bay doors. Who produces a bomber that has no bombs? Weird. Huge plane. My wife even commented on it - and she doesn't even care about my models when I show her them after I complete them. In the end, though, I liked the way it turned out. I'd recommend it if you're OK with a strategic bomber with no bombs!
1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber (Trumpeter 02868)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber
Trumpeter 1:48
02868
2013 | New tool
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4. March at 00:44:59 Share
Ron Garcia added the Trumpeter A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber (Trumpeter 02868)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior Strategic Bomber
Trumpeter 1:48
02868
2013 | New tool
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4. March at 00:29:46 Share
Ron Garcia
Nice decals. No issues or silvering.
1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers (SuperScale International MS481271)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers
SuperScale International 1:48
MS481271
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4. March at 00:28:24 Share
Ron Garcia added the SuperScale International A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers (SuperScale International MS481271)
 
A-3D-2 Skywarrior VAH-1 Smokin Tigers
SuperScale International 1:48
MS481271
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4. March at 00:27:10 Share
Ron Garcia
First time I used Furball's masks. Mixed feelings. Worked well enough but the vinyl was very stiff. As a result, they didn't seal tightly around compound curves even though I burnished them down each time I painted over them. I had to do some clean up afterwards to remove some Tamiya panel liner and Future that leaked under the masks. The A-3 has mostly flat canopy panels and I experienced leakage; I would be worried about using them on something like an F-14 that has a serious curve to its canopy.
1:48 A-3 Skywarrior Canopy And Wheel Hub Vinyl Mask Set (Furball Aero-Design FMS-005)
 
A-3 Skywarrior Canopy And Wheel Hub Vinyl Mask Set (Trumpeter)
Furball Aero-Design 1:48
FMS-005
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4. March at 00:26:26 Share

December 27, 2018

Ron Garcia
One of those models where everything went wrong: gluing a prominent piece the wrong way and noticing way too late to correct it, stepping on the canopy leaving a large crack down the length of it, doing everything I could to not knock off that tiny antenna on the rudder and then somehow knocking it off after it had been painted and decaled while gluing on the very last pieces (pitot probes, lights), etc. It was a relief to get this one finished! As far as the model itself, it was OK. Lots of parts for such a small kit. Instructions are a bit busy. The usual Hasegawa irritation of not including any external stores. Goes together easily except I had major issues trying to correctly seat the (avionics?) hump on the back. Next to my ancient Monogram A-4s, however, even with my self-inflicted errors, it looks light years ahead of them.
1:48 Skyhawk (Hasegawa 07233)
A-4M
Skyhawk (U.S.M.C. Attacker)
Hasegawa 1:48
07233 (PT33)
2004 | Changed parts
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27. December 2018 at 20:32:08 Share
Ron Garcia added the Hasegawa Skyhawk (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 Skyhawk (Hasegawa 07233)
A-4M
Skyhawk (U.S.M.C. Attacker)
Hasegawa 1:48
07233 (PT33)
2004 | Changed parts
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27. December 2018 at 20:15:02 Share

November 25, 2018

Ron Garcia added the Monogram Skyhawk A-4E (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 Skyhawk A-4E (Monogram 5406)
 
Skyhawk A-4E
Monogram 1:48
5406
1977 | New tool
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25. November 2018 at 17:18:06 Share

November 22, 2018

Ron Garcia
Nice kit. Goes together easily with minimal filler. Not sure why there's poly caps for the fuel tanks. Made for a very tight fit and I had to apply serious pressure to seat them. These probably should be added before the other ordinance and other fiddly bits to avoid accidentally knocking something loose - or maybe just leave the poly caps out in the first place and glue them on. After just completing a couple of Tamiya A-10s, this model is light years ahead of those kits! Definite recommended!
1:48 Douglas A-1J Skyraider (Tamiya 61073)
 
Douglas A-1J Skyraider U.S. Air Force
Tamiya 1:48
61073
2000 | Changed parts
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22. November 2018 at 17:49:48 Share
Ron Garcia added the Tamiya Douglas A-1J Skyraider (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 Douglas A-1J Skyraider (Tamiya 61073)
 
Douglas A-1J Skyraider U.S. Air Force
Tamiya 1:48
61073
2000 | Changed parts
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22. November 2018 at 17:40:03 Share

October 12, 2018

Ron Garcia
Finished Hobby Boss' A-10 after building two Tamiya A-10 kits that sat in my stash forever. Better detail since the molds aren't ancient like Tamiya's. Recessed panel lines, closed off nose landing gear bay, and way better stores to name a few improvements make this easily the better choice of the two. This kit fits together well, but if I build another, I might run a strip of styrene down the inside of the bottom fuselage half. The seam is long and though I got the top to align with no problem, the bottom was slightly off. Helped by a low parts count and no PE, it was a pretty easy build. Like I said about the Tamiya kit, it may not be a perfect replica of an A-10, but it looks like one to me - and that's good enough.
1:48 A-10 "Thunderbolt" II (Hobby Boss 80323)
 
A-10 "Thunderbolt" II
Hobby Boss 1:48
80323
2007 | New tool
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11. October 2018 at 03:13:00 Share
Michael Hickey Good t hear you had fun with this Hog, I've got this kit in my stash as well and the tip about the styrene strip on the underside is most helpful, thanks for that. I was going to build mine with the snake had on the nose but that's a "C" variant and the HobbyBoss kit I believe is an "A" variant, so I might to her in experimental camo scheme. Do have any pics?
11. October 2018 at 03:20:30
Ron Garcia No, but I might get around to it since you asked. Yeah, because the bottom is so flat with tons of recessed detail, having a slightly misaligned fuselage on the bottom was hard to correct. I wasn't 100% successful, but since no one is ever going to pick it up, I can live with it. Have fun with your build. I'm knocking out all my A aircraft in my stash so onto an A-1, A-3, and an A-4 and then I'm done.
12. October 2018 at 01:07:21
Michael Hickey Cool, yeah don't be shy gives a look at her, I know when I build a model I don't have enough fingers to count for all the mistakes I make on them, I just try to hide them. Since I build now for me and not commission I'm just trying to pump them out a bit quicker than I used to. Also helps knowing I don't have any intention anymore in going into comps. At the moment I'm trying to reduce my Phantom II stash, I think last count there were at least 25 to 35 of them all in 1/48 and all Hasegawa or Academy. Just about got my Greek F-4 done. :D
12. October 2018 at 01:57:39
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October 11, 2018

Ron Garcia
Used these decal on a Hobby Boss A-10 I built. I must have gotten it for the peanut scheme long ago. The decals are nice and very thin. Trying to find matching paint was difficult. No paint manufacturer makes one of the shades and the other two were made by a company I don't use. I went for the eyeball test and used colors that seemed really close. One complaint is that the instructions only show the top, bottom, and left side view. Why they didn't show the right side is downright strange. I used the profile from the Hobby Boss kit, but the two camouflage patterns don't match up. I had to use some artistic license to make it work. Good decals for an unusual paint scheme.
1:48 A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW (Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) 48-094)
 
A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW
Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) 1:48
48-094
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11. October 2018 at 03:26:32 Share
Michael Hickey I've got a couple of decal sheets from Two Bobs on the A-10 but the one I'll be doing first more than likely is an experiment scheme that is on a decal sheet by Print Scale. Basically two tone brown and a third green color.
11. October 2018 at 07:56:57
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Ron Garcia added the Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW (Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) 48-094)
 
A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW
Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) 1:48
48-094
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11. October 2018 at 03:26:41 Share
Ron Garcia added the Hobby Boss A-10 "Thunderbolt" II (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 A-10 "Thunderbolt" II (Hobby Boss 80323)
 
A-10 "Thunderbolt" II
Hobby Boss 1:48
80323
2007 | New tool
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11. October 2018 at 02:57:17 Share

September 5, 2018

Ron Garcia added the SuperScale International A-10A Warthogs 104 TFS/175 TFG, Maryland ANG, 57 FWW (1:48) to his completed kits.
5. September 2018 at 01:59:48 Share
Ron Garcia
Used these on my recently completed Tamiya A-10. A few split when I tried applying them. Probably due to age. Nice set but the nose art could be a bit clearer. I think there is a more up-to-date set on the market now. This set gives you enough decals for two A-10s. I used Cleared Hot. I don't think there will be nose art like this in the US anymore. I'm curious how the Maryland ANG got away with it in the first place. Worth it for representing an unusual slice of history.
5. September 2018 at 01:59:36 Share
Ron Garcia
Just finished this kit. Having built the 1977 version before it, I didn't notice any changes other than the decals - and I didn't even use them! There are several issues, but for me the main problems are the nose wheel well (open in the front and top) the antiquated pylons, and raised panel lines. But, like I said about the earlier version, it looks like an A-10 to me. Plus, I'm down one more kit in my stash! Will build Hobby Boss' A-10 next and I think I'll be done with A-10s probably forever. This dated kit really needs to be retired. Easy to build but not recommended - not even close to state of the art anymore.
1:48 U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (Tamiya 61028)
 
U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Tamiya 1:48
61028
1991 | Changed decals
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5. September 2018 at 01:43:54 Share
Ron Garcia added the Tamiya U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (Tamiya 61028)
 
U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Tamiya 1:48
61028
1991 | Changed decals
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September 4, 2018

Ron Garcia added the Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW (Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) 48-094)
 
A-10A Thunderbolt II 917th & 23rd TFW
Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (CAM) 1:48
48-094
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4. September 2018 at 05:06:17 Share
Ron Garcia added the SuperScale International A-10A Warthogs 104 TFS/175 TFG, Maryland ANG, 57 FWW (1:48) to his stash.
4. September 2018 at 04:51:26 Share

June 18, 2018

Ron Garcia added the Tamiya U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A10A (1:48) to his completed kits.
1:48 U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A10A (Tamiya 61023)
 
U.S.A.F. Fairchild Republic A10A
Tamiya 1:48
61023 (MA-123)
1977 | New tool
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18. June 2018 at 20:46:44 Share
Ron Garcia Had this model in my stash FOREVER. Definitely not state of the art. Raised panel lines, ECM pods attached to the pylons, decals for the instrument panels, etc. The worst offense is that the top and one side of the nose wheel well is open. I have no idea why they did this. I used some styrene to block it off. Good thing I did so because it required a TON of weight to get the plane to sit on its wheels. I believe this model is based on the prototype so I painted mine as Preproduction Aircraft 1. Used the kit supplied stores. They look OK. I've read that this model isn't very accurate, but it looks like an A-10 to me. I have another one in my stash that I'm going to complete, but having said that, I don't recommend this kit. It's just too old and should be retired.
18. June 2018 at 21:01:15
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June 9, 2018

Ron Garcia added the Takom Tiran 4 (1:35) to his stash.
1:35 Tiran 4 (Takom 2051)
 
Tiran 4
Takom 1:35
2051
2017 | Changed parts
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