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Trumpy A-6A Intruder VA-196 ' Main battery' WIP

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Ok, guy's, i shot the bullet....

Today i received some extra goodies (aftermarket) to start on my A-6A Intruder project. 

So what i have @ the moment

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And also numerous book's regarding U.S. Navy aircraft and carriers.

I've got also this gem......

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Original APH-6C helmet with MS.220001 oxygen mask. Belonged to a A-6A Intruder pilot during his Vietnam tour. Probably from VA-196 'Main Battery'. I said probably because there is some doubt between certain specialist regarding the subject. No matter what, there is no photographic evidence at the moment to give a final conclusion.

What i know : Avionix cockpit set is for a late A-6A. Still, it has the wrong GRU-7 ejection seat's. 

What i don't know : When came the A-6A late version in service??

                                 Was the KA-6D at the time period 1970-72 equipped with the GRU-7 or was it's still having the GRU-5 seat's??

Are there any guy's over there can answer these question's??

Hopefully i can finish this one around august 2019

Regards

Danny

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I'm not an expert Danny, but I'm glad to see you're going to do a Main Battery Intruder. Many people do other squadron's birds because they're more colorful, but Main Battery took alot of punishment in Vietnam and it'll be nice to see it brought to life.  Just remember that the speed brakes were mostly always wired permanently shut.

It's my choice as well when I build mine.

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That is some whopping AM and cool helmet, Danny!  Looking forward to watching you build it.  Don't know much about the Intruder at all.  Used to watch them do touch-and-goes at El Toro.  While in steep banking manouvres, with their leading edge slats deployed, the area underneath looked like a blood red triangle, though up close it looked more primer red.

 

Gaz

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12 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

I'm not an expert Danny, but I'm glad to see you're going to do a Main Battery Intruder. Many people do other squadron's birds because they're more colorful, but Main Battery took alot of punishment in Vietnam and it'll be nice to see it brought to life.  Just remember that the speed brakes were mostly always wired permanently shut.

It's my choice as well when I build mine.

Thank's Ernie :thumbsup2:

reason for doing a VA-196 machine is because the helmet should be from a Main Battery pilot or navigator. Like i said before, it's controversial. Some say it's  VA-196 decoration, others say it's from another unit or time frame. One thing's for sure, this helmet is from the time period between 1960-1975 and i will follow the VA-196 story, because both party's have no hard evidence whether or not it's VA-196 decoration.

Indeed, Main Battery paid a high price during their Vietnam tour's, that's what makes the story much more interesting.

10 hours ago, GazzaS said:

That is some whopping AM and cool helmet, Danny!  Looking forward to watching you build it.  Don't know much about the Intruder at all.  Used to watch them do touch-and-goes at El Toro.  While in steep banking manouvres, with their leading edge slats deployed, the area underneath looked like a blood red triangle, though up close it looked more primer red.

 

Gaz

It will be a large project Gaz, i hope i can finish it in 2019. Still i don't know in which setting it will be. One thing's for sure, it will be on a carrier.

Regards

Danny

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Wow Danny, that will be a big one, but what about the FE.2b? I'd like to see your builds in the correct historical order :rofl:.

Cheers Rob

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42 minutes ago, DocRob said:

Wow Danny, that will be a big one, but what about the FE.2b? I'd like to see your builds in the correct historical order :rofl:.

Cheers Rob

@ the moment i'm still working on my Fe.2b Rob. The Intruder project will soon be started, but i need some more info about certain questions i have. In that time, i will make further progress on the Fe.2b.:)

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Hi Danny

Great project and I'll be following along for sure. A little over a year ago, I started mine and got sidelined(what else is new). I got as far as finishing the front office using the Avionix AM set. And yup, it's the wrong seat.

Kit seats are on the right and the correct seats on the left and they might be Harold's if I remember correctly.

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I originally painted the seat cushions wrong and needed to redo them

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Peter

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Thanks Ernie. started it on the other forum  a year or so ago and just got envolved with other projects. I know following Danny's build will get me going on the A6 next year.

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Peter, thank's mate, you gave me the much needed info i needed regarding the seat's. You said Harolds seat's, that's AMS resin isn't??

Can you tell me something about the quality of the resin and detail? If so i'm thinking to give Harold a mail to order two,will see.

Nice cockpit mate, you said it's also Avionix, how's the fit into the fuselage?

Regards

Danny

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Ok time to open up the Trumpy A-6A kit. First thing to do, looking for a pair of decent GRU-5 ejection seat's?? I hoped Avionix did do their home-work right, but when i opened up the box, disappointment struck me. Two very beautiful casted GRU-7 seat's where revealed when i opened the box.............sadly,not good for a A-6A, so i went looking for the right seat's. Gladly, this problem will soon be solved:speak_cool: so i can sleep on both of my ears.

 

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Still, this is a very nice resin cockpit set from Avionix.

 

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The IP of the Avionix resin set is beautiful casted, but beware because the IP is configured for a late Intruder. The center panel houses the RWR display, not found on early Intruders.

 

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Tomorrow i will start this beast, so stay tuned for more.                                                            

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I did some work today on the Avionix A-6A pit. First thing to do, make it ready for a proper fit into the fuselage parts before painting. Some sanding and cutting, but not much to make the Avionix pit fit between the fuselage part's.

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Next, glueing the tiny details into the pit.

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One of the most obvious thing's i did notice where the absence of the two rudder pedals. Seem's Avionix did forget about them, so i took the kit part rudder pedals and fit them into the resin pit. Maybe not completely accurate, but it sure will give the whole cockpit a more realistic appearance.

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I didn't bother about the two ejection seat's because they are the wrong ones, so i will wait until i get the proper ones.

One mysterie part keep's spinning in my head

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I can't figure out where to put that tiny panel, anybody??

Regards

Danny

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Danny

Great start on the Big Intruder. I'm taking notes so when I get back to mine, I'll be able to do it correctly

Keep 'em comin

Peter

 

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On 12/31/2018 at 6:11 PM, Peterpools said:

Danny

Great start on the Big Intruder. I'm taking notes so when I get back to mine, I'll be able to do it correctly

Keep 'em comin

Peter

 

Thank's Peter.:thumbsup2: Still i'm also a little bit in the dark about certain aspects of the Intruder, so i need to learn also about this subject. I hope the MRP paints will come soon, so i can go all the way with this build.

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MRP Paints will surely fill the bill. I also found that the AOA Decals for the A6 are a treasure house of information and what needs fixing. I think I sued the Eduard PE rudder pedals but not sure. When I get back to mine, I'll check it out.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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13 hours ago, Peterpools said:

MRP Paints will surely fill the bill. I also found that the AOA Decals for the A6 are a treasure house of information and what needs fixing. I think I sued the Eduard PE rudder pedals but not sure. When I get back to mine, I'll check it out.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

AOA decals are indeed a treasure when it comes to info about things to look out. There is even a sheet with tweak's to make the model more realistic, so in that aspect, AOA is certainly a must for this kit. Regarding the rudder pedals, i used the one from the kit.

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Danny

I bought the AOO decals before I bought the kit. Completely agree, great resource.

Peter

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looking forward to see more off this build

 

Mark

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2 hours ago, mark31 said:

looking forward to see more off this build

 

Mark

In full progress mate, stay tuned for more.:D

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I will be watching this build. I got the True Details seats for my "E".

I am also using AOA decals for mine.

Mike

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WIP cockpit A-6A Intruder. Most of the painting is almost done to the cockpit, still some weathering to do and the GRU-5 ejection seat's which are on their way.

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Some reference.

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With the help of some Airscale set's it's easy to replicate some dials.

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I started on the IP. The radar display's are done with some Tamiya clear orange and clear green first.

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After this was done, i poured some clear resin into the radar displays which gave them a nice shiny glass appearance.

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Still need to do some weathering to the cockpit, but for now, a quick dry-fit gives a nice impression how thing's are gonna be looking.

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Regards

Danny

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WOW !!........harv:popcorn:

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A clear ten on the wow-scale Danny. It's great to see good old handpainting on resin combined with decals and some fluids to enhance the glass appearance. The look is more realistic as with printed PE. Having done two PE-pits in a row, my next build has to be old school brush painted as well.

Cheers Rob  

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