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  1. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    The Skyraider is almost complete. Made an attempt at the "infamous" engine smoke down the fuselage. I took a while to decide on the best technique, read posts on other skyraider builds and then decided to combine a few. I stared by putting a layer of gloss on the area to be weathered the did the initial pattern with Tamiya flat black, diluted and sprayed at a low pressure. I then sanded back to detail more and achieve the look I was after... kind of. Then various Tamiya weathering palette colours were used to add some more detail... I'm sort of happy with it and sort of not, but looking at archive images of skyraiders there seems no perfect look to the pattern... so it is what it is! Now to finish the wings, get them attached in the folded position and attach some ordinance!
  2. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Yeah he was a great guy, really accommodating with my son who is a bit of a warbirds nut! I just wish they had put the Skyhawk on display the other way round so you can see the front from the mezzanine. Great little aircraft though. Looking forward to starting the build and attempting to replicate it as closely as possible. One major drawback to the Trumpeter kit I ordered is it has the straight refueling probe... have seen after market bent one made by AMS but not in current production and not even ebay has any! Might be an experimental scratch build...
  3. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Progress.. finally! Starting to look like an aircraft. Some weathering done over a gloss coat using a dark brown clay wash. Left side decals applied. Considering the setbacks experienced im more than happy. I think I may be winning!
  4. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    This will be the next project once the skyraider is complete. NZ6209 "09" A4-K Skyhawk of the RNZAF. I did a photo job for the regional paper when the plane was moved to the Warbirds display at Ardmore airport and my son who was 5 at the time is in the picture with a former pilot of the skyhawk. Best part is that the reference material is only a 25min drive away. I went and grabbed some reference shots today in anticipation of starting the project. Some really interesting details that you only see looking at a real aircraft in person, such as the weld marks on the external wing mounted fuel tanks. These are repairs to indentations caused by the ejected shell casings... will think of a way to add that detail to the model...
  5. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Thanks for that. All back on track now. Took quite a while to get the remaining paint removed. The green detailing paint is done, its a bit dark but will weather it back, cockpit is complete with the yankee seat installed. Have added some extra wiring to the ejection system just to make things a bit more interesting. Really just working on the weathering now, sanding back some paint to get a more faded look and spraying some lighter grey on. Also sprayed some slightly darker grey as well. Will do a lot more of the weathering with acrylics once I have a layer or two of gloss down. Considering the "issue" I had I'm happy enough with how its progressing. Want to get it complete so I can start the next project. An A4-K RNZAF Skyhawk, NZ6209.
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    Almost back on track. Takes a while to strip all the old paint off!
  7. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Bit of a disaster... fixable thankfully. Paint issues... it started to peel off. Masked a section with tamiya tape and the MM paint peeled away... hmmm. Frustrating... Anybody else ever had this issue? Have never had it with Tamiya acrylics... May be a result of not properly cleaning the plastic before painting... I did prime but was acrylic not the tamiya primer I have used in the past. Am busy stripping the remainder of the old paint with a mix of an acrylic car paint stripper (pretty strong stuff) and ISA. About 10 parts IPA to 1 of the stripper. Seems to be working well and no damage to the plastic. A lot of re-scribing work to do! I may paint this one with enamel now to avoid this occurring again...
  8. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Im kind of working off this image as a guide... My finished model will have more mess arounf the exhaust though. It looks as though this SPAD has had a recent wipe down. But the general beaten up and weathered work horse look is what I'm going for.
  9. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Haha, Skyraider is indeed misleading. I think the appeal for me is that is was kind of a tractor, rugged and functional, elegant in an ugly ducking way. A filthy oil spewing workhorse that defied the jet age. Its been interesting researching the different look of the plane as it seems it varied from aircraft to aircraft, ie: were the wheel wells white or green? So many variations. So I guess it doesn't really matter what they are! Same with the cannons... muzzle suppressor or no muzzle suppressor...
  10. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Been a while since I posted. Works been busy! Have made some progress though... Engine is dry fitted, Landing gear is complete with weather and have added some wire for brake hose. Getting there!
  11. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    I think its a map of some sort, compass maybe? Im not really sure but the Eduard PE cockpit set comes with a choice of 3 different type. It slides in and out of the instrument console, was an interesting experiment to fit!
  12. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    Almost complete engine, just a few more touch ups on the exhausts. Have added some spare PE I had to replicate the central metal part between the cylinders.
  13. Trumpeter 1/32 A1-J Skyraider

    I haven't really decided yet... but more than likely the naval version. Might be nice not doing camo!