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A-4AR Fightinghawk WIP (Closed fuselage)

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A-4AR Fightinghawk WIP (Closed fuselage)
Posted by el_jere on Friday, January 9, 2009 4:25 PM

Hi guys!!! this is my current build, an A4-M with some modifications, like F-16 avionics, a new nose a few minor changes that became the dash AR, wich is the current version of the scooter used today by the Fuerza Aerea Argentina.


The base kit is the Hasegawa´s A4-M 1/48 scale, and with the nice adition of a detail set made by Aires wich include all kinds of goodies.



My work started in the office, the instrument panel was complety diferent to the M version, so I had to scratch build, I use a new (for me) tecqnique:
Using the lead foil (wich the dentist use to take impresion of the bite) wich is thin, put the Aires´s P.E. instrument panel and put the lead over and over that a papper and with a hammer I toke the impresion of such panel, so now carefuly cut the individual gauges and mad a new panel, the two HUDs were made with some old radiography. the panel isn´t perfect but looks prety good for the first time I try this...

and now a coople of pics of the completed cockpit, well almost completed because I still have to add some P.E. pieces, but I will do this when the kit is done so I don´t lost them in the builing process


here is a pic of the fuselage with all the panels cut to acept the resin parts

note the diference in the wheel well detail compared with the original kit´s`part


Last night I closed the fuselage halves wich was one of the most dificult modeling task I had to do, I almost needed an hydraulic press to glue the parts together and now I have prety huge gaps but I think I will post some new pics soon...
best regards to all

Jeremias

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Posted by gbuesche on Friday, January 9, 2009 5:50 PM
EXCELLENT!  I have wanted to do one of these myself since seeing them in an A-4 book.  I love the gray camoflage the FAA puts on the Fightinghawks.  Looking forward to seeing this progress!
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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, January 9, 2009 5:56 PM
Nice work so far Jeremias Keep sending those pics.

 

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Posted by Daywalker on Friday, January 9, 2009 8:49 PM

Jeremias-

Wow, looking very good so far!  I have been waiting for this build- love those scooters. Approve [^]

Frank 

 

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  • From: Casa Grande, Az.
Posted by DesertRat on Friday, January 9, 2009 9:01 PM
Now there's an unusual technique for the IP! Very cool! The cockpit is looki amazing so far! Lookin forward to the restCool [8D]

Warmest regards,

Roger

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Posted by el_jere on Saturday, January 10, 2009 6:27 PM

Thanks guys!! glaad you like my projet...

gbuesche: so you want build one of this babys??? the A4-M difers with the Ar in a couple of things: the cockpit, and the nose (it´s bigger to acomodate the new radar) are the more notorious.

here are a couple of good pics of those details

note the white antena in the underside of the nose...

 

You may want buy the decal and resin conversion nose (i will work with the hasegawa part and do some puttying and sanding)

Condor decals made both www.condordecals.com.ar

let me know if and when you need more info

all the best

 

jeremias

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, January 10, 2009 11:17 PM
Jeremias I like the sets that condor has great stuff

 

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Posted by Luftwoller on Sunday, January 11, 2009 7:41 AM

Another cracker on the way from Argentina. Great stuff with the IP, Jeremias. Very novel idea.

This is another one of those planes thats so ugly is cool. The great hump back looks so odd. Like a bad afterthought but its still a cool looking plane. Great work.

...Guy

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Posted by JMart on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 3:44 PM

muy bien! another grea build/WIP... thanks for sharing!

 

 

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Posted by el_jere on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:20 PM

A few new pics of the kit, almost, almost ready to paint...

Closing the fuselage halves were one of the most dificult modeling task I had to do... All the resin parts made the process well, interesting... I used a manual press during the night to archive that..

Note the diferences between the resin wheel wells and the kit´s original parts... Still have to paint the details but the was really bring things to life...

best regards to all

Jeremias

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  • From: Cavite, Philippines
Posted by allan on Thursday, January 15, 2009 1:05 AM

Very impressive work!!  Im looking forward to more pictures.

 

 

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Posted by Luftwoller on Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:39 AM

Excellent work so far. Thats the reason i just love resin. It just looks Gorgeous.

...Guy

..'Your an embarrassment to the human genus, makes me ashamed to call myself Homo'.
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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, January 15, 2009 7:13 PM
Those wheelwells are amazing.

 

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Posted by Daywalker on Friday, January 16, 2009 7:48 AM

 tempestjohnny wrote:
Those wheelwells are amazing.

Sign - Ditto [#ditto] I'm looking forward to seeing another build from your bench jere!  The detail in those wheelwells is incredible. Thumbs Up [tup]

Frank 

 

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