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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #105 on: November 17, 2019, 09:06:40 am »
Cheers, everyone!!

I posted this stuff on the Facebook in a "normie" group and people dig it!! I think it has been my most popular post there yet and people were asking how to do it and downloading the pictures and stuff.  ;D  I was trying to implore these folks to try it, "give it a go!" It wound up not being all too difficult to do. I'd like to see someone attempt it in different colors so I hope I stoked the fires thoroughly and to a more greedy point it sure made me happy that so many people like my build. Usually I post stuff on there and get like 11 likes and a bunch of crickets.  ;D


Anyway....  the weather has turned again so it's a good excuse to stay inside which means I should have plenty of time for this today. I have to finish painting the bottom in heather grey then I can gloss coat it and start the transfers. While the gloss dries, I'll grab my big pile of prospects and start whittling down to what I'll eventually use.

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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #106 on: November 17, 2019, 04:42:15 pm »
Alright, I finalized the paint as much as I could. Touched up stuff like the cowling leading edges and wing edges, made wing walks, painted some antennas, and  painted some nav lights. I also painted the gear bays and finished getting the bottom painted. I glossed it all and now it's ready for the transfers.



Now I'm needing a home for this thing and I settled on VMA-332, a Corps attack squadron that was active in time period of Desert Storm. Naturally, I don't have the proper unit markings so I grabbed my trusty sheet of Navy lettering to help! I've also gone through my prospect decals sheets and found some stuff I think should work. A combination of black lettering and grey stencils with regular full color roundels.

I'll start putting this stuff on tomorrow I guess.

I also decided to add some detail to this thing since people seem to like it. So, I found a tail antenna, a post for the position light on the tail, some copper wire to bend into a foothold to stick on the side of the fuselage, and some very thin copper wire to use as an aerial wire antenna!  :mellow: 
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #107 on: November 17, 2019, 04:50:59 pm »
Wow! That scheme, I love it!  :thumbsup:
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #108 on: November 17, 2019, 06:00:24 pm »
Thank you!! I'm a fan of that camo so I'm glad I was able to do it justice.  :lol:  Now let's hope I can do the weathering right.  ;D
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #109 on: November 18, 2019, 12:07:02 pm »
Thanks Old Wombat :thumbsup:
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #110 on: November 18, 2019, 03:50:05 pm »
 That's looking so good... :wub:
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #111 on: November 18, 2019, 04:14:05 pm »
I had my doubts about how chocolate chip would turn out, but you really pulled it off! Looks great!

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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #112 on: November 18, 2019, 07:15:31 pm »
Cheers! I can't wait to get this gross looking gloss off of it.  ;D

To that end, I've gone through the first phase of the transfers. I still have a few left like stencils, unit name (VMA-...whatever) and the serial but I'm going to do a little more research first on the serials. The rest are a bit tedious because I'm going to have to cut out tiny individual numbers so I figured I'd leave it for another day.

No more pictures until it's done.  :wacko: :angel:
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #113 on: November 19, 2019, 05:05:36 pm »
Back to work today on my baby.  :mellow:   I sorted out the transfers. I got the unit markings applied, the plane number, and lastly the serial which I settled on grabbing from a Harrier which works nicely as a direct replacement. Instead of Harriers; Skyraiders. So that takes care of all the plausibility issues. I mean... I COULD have used a bunch of junk from a 1950's Skyray or something.  ;D

After that I glossed it again so I could weather. Have to do that to keep the weathering from building up on the edges of the decals. Before I got too carried away, though, I grabbed a sanding pad and knocked down some of the gloss. Going to take this straight to flat so I think it will help.   

Then the actual weathering finally. The typical exhaust stains are there now.. in a "we've been very busy so haven't washed these in a few weeks" state. It was a rapid war. I also did some coffee staining to simulate oil drip, add variation to the lighter shades of camo, and then did an overall wash with some black added in for panel line variation.

That's it for today but next up I'm going to glue on the external stores that need to have flat paint along with the plane itself so I can do it all at once then I need to hit the store for matte clear. Once I buy that stuff I can clear the aircraft, add on the rockets, then build the light post, antennas, and aerial wire antenna then it SHOULD be done.  :unsure: :lol:
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #114 on: November 20, 2019, 03:17:43 pm »
Without a shadow of a doubt, I have reached THE MOST difficult, frustrating, and tedious aspect of the entire build; gluing the rockets on. Of course this means I've advanced to the stage of having to do fiddly bits and it's been disaster the whole way through. The stuff that's normally a problem... the gears and gear doors all went on in less than 5 minutes then here we are later and it took one hour to get just THREE stupid rockets on. I have 9 left to go....     Not only that but the drop tanks pylons were garbage and had the rear of the fuel tanks literally on the ground. Also, something wasn't right with the tail wheel and arrestor hook area.... the stupid wheel was floating in the air while the aircraft rested on the end of the hook. I followed all the directions to the letter and test fitted everything multiple times.. it's not like I've glued anything on upside down or backwards... it's just this is all a terribly designed pile of garbage. Did anyone at airfix actually build this after they made? Did they just assume everyone would build this "in-flight?"  I've had to snap and break things apart and cut and saw things and re-arrange things, etc. It's not been pretty and damn sure ain't been fun.

So anyway....  have to finish the rockets but I repaired the other stuff already. After the rockets I just have the gun barrels then I can work on my copper and plastic modifications/additions.  :wacko:
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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #115 on: November 20, 2019, 04:46:25 pm »
1.5 hour later, I've managed to get two more rockets on.  ;D ;D ;D   I have to stick one on and let the CA dry up nicely before I start the next one. The alignment grooves on these rockets are ever so slightly mismatched from one another so I've have to push some forward and some back to line them up properly and this has made this whole process very tedious.

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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #116 on: November 20, 2019, 06:04:19 pm »
I know what you've been going through, not with the rockets but with landing gears... while unpacking some of the models i took to the show, i manage to break off the landing gear on 2 planes and a vert stab of the PoAF F-22 Raptor... :banghead:
Had to glue it all back on and let it dry overnight... but those rockets seem like they're even worse than what i had... just take a brake and you'll sort them out in no time when you get back at it. :mellow:
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« Reply #117 on: November 20, 2019, 06:43:12 pm »
You're right mate... I need to chill . I'll tackle it tomorrow.  <_<   I was unprepared.... of all things on this build, I thought the simple gluing of these onto the pylons would be the easiest thing and it has wound up being the worst thing.  ;D
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« Reply #118 on: November 21, 2019, 03:50:31 pm »
All done! I finished the rockets then scratched up that antenna on the fin and the light post position light thing then tried to knock as much gloss out of this as possible. Not going to be able to get any more flat or satin for a good while so I just used up what I had on hand and it did a pretty good job!  It still reflects some but I have a ton of lights very close to it so I can't help that. Outside conditions are a NO GO for picture taking and I kind of think this thing would blend into my tile I typically use anyway.  ;D I still plan on getting some outside though just for that reason.

I think it turned out pretty neat. I kind of like it!











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Re: A-1K Skyraider, 1991, -Desert Storm- USMC
« Reply #119 on: November 21, 2019, 06:30:51 pm »
Kinda like it!? I love that thing! The camo came out so good, Brad! And everything else looks very good too. Excellent work, brotha!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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