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WIP 1/48 AMT A-20J Havoc COMPLETE! (Updated) Tarmac Base Added

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WIP 1/48 AMT A-20J Havoc COMPLETE! (Updated) Tarmac Base Added
Posted by route62 on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 10:28 PM

Another build I am working on along side of the Val.  Did some detailing of the wheel bays, a little extra detail in the cockpit and painted on the invasion stripes and blue cowl bands.  Gloss is on and ready for decals and weathering.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 10:32 PM

Oh wow! Nice work! You really have this under control.  :D

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 10:39 PM

That extra work really boosts a good kit to the next level. I'm bookmarking this for when I get to build the one in my stash - well done!

Mike

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Posted by route62 on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 11:02 PM

Thanks for the encouragement.  I have been trying to up my game by attempting new techniques with each kit.  Here's a few more pics of the havoc.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 2:07 AM

What a fantastic start!

toshi

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 6:58 AM
Great detail

 

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Posted by Drifter on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 7:03 AM
Very nice. I so want to build this kit, but cant get my hands on one.
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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 7:06 AM

Some very nice scratch building in there, thats looking good.

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Posted by Lord Voyager on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 7:06 AM
Go online and look for the Hobby Centre in Canada. He has this in stock from a 'collection' he purchased... He also has the G model. Low prices too. Ask for Bill.

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Posted by route62 on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 7:34 AM

Thanks guys.  I will post more pics as progress continues.

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 5:41 PM

Hi,

That looks really nice, especially the extra detailing and scratch building that you've added.

Pat

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Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 6:48 PM
This looks really good! I have the same kit in the stash so I'll be following along

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Posted by DasBeav on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 7:57 PM

Impressive, sir . Love the scratch-building. I will be following.

 

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Posted by Drifter on Thursday, June 08, 2017 3:56 AM

Lord Voyager
Go online and look for the Hobby Centre in Canada. He has this in stock from a 'collection' he purchased... He also has the G model. Low prices too. Ask for Bill.
 

 

Shipping and duties is the killer. 

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Posted by route62 on Thursday, June 08, 2017 3:24 PM

Did a quick search on ebay Drifter, and saw B-C-G-and J versions for sale, all in new or like new condition floating around 25-35 in price with shipping within the USA.  Even some P-70 versions.

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Posted by route62 on Monday, June 12, 2017 9:35 PM

Small update.  Decals are 90% done.  Ordered aftermarket stars and bars insignia and lettering decals as kit decals are too thick. Once they arrive I can finish the decaling and seal them in and get to weathering.

Also used the Foxbot sheet for all the stenciling, prop and other decals.  Only used the tail numbers, Texas below cockpit and a few other small decals from the kit sheet.

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:49 AM

Man, your work is clean and crisp.

        

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:21 AM

lookin real good. Can't wait to see the final reveal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by route62 on Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:19 PM

The aftermarket decals came in and what difference.  Much thinner then the kit decals.  Got the stars and bars and call letters on.  Tomorrow, time permitting I will get a seal coat on over the decals and then my favorite part or modeling, weathering!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, June 16, 2017 12:27 AM

This is phenominal! I would never guess this was an AMT kit if you hadn't said so. This build is just gorgeaous so far. I love it!  :)

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Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, June 16, 2017 9:59 AM

I second the comment on gorgeous !  I love the paint job you did with the invasion stripes etc.

i have the same kit, but there is a terrible mold defect in the aft port side fsg and I have yet to figure out how to fix it. i contacted the mfg and they essentially said tough luck, kit's too old to get replacement parts for.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, June 16, 2017 10:42 AM

Wow, your Havoc looks great! Love the Texas nose art (native Texan here) and the invasion striping.

The A-20 was the second kit I built when I returned to this hobby back in 1995. In those days I was motivated by a couple of factors - was it a subject that I had never before build (during my childhood years) and once I had a kit, where could I display it? So with limited space, I chose to build it wheels up and hang from the ceiling. It is the oldest surviving build that I have (a notorious shelving accident back in 2007 took out most of my early builds from the late 90s), and it hangs in my workshop ceiling along with other US medium and heavy bombers. With much more room these days, I would really like to build another Havoc with the wheels down. Maybe I will go find one of these kits some day...

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Posted by route62 on Friday, June 16, 2017 3:53 PM

Thanks guys, your comments keep me going on this build.  The invasion stripes were actually not that bad to mask off.  For the upper and lower wing stripes I used the middle size tamiya tape, 10MM I think. 

Same for the tail and upper/lower fuselage.  The kit came with a decal for the tail.  I scanned and printed the decal sheet, cut out the decal copy for the tail and from there it was easy to get the tape in the right place using the copy as a guide.  

To get the 1/4 circle that hugs the top of the insignia decals I cut the copy of the decals i printed and taped that on top of a piece of tamiya tape.  Cut out the curve free hand then placed in the proper postion based on where the decal would eventually go.

Jay Jay, how bad is the issue with your kit?  It is a warp in the fuselage that is twisting the tail out of center?  If so I had the same issue and was able to correct it without to much hassle.  Let me know and I can walk you through the fix.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, June 17, 2017 7:21 AM

Ty for the offer to help me with the fix but no, it's not a warpage issue. It looks as if a molten sprue was laid on the plastic burning through in spots and is about a 3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide scar melted into the fsg.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by route62 on Saturday, June 17, 2017 6:12 PM

Hopefully it's repairable Jay Jay.  Perhaps a candidate for a battle damage diorama or field repair diorama.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, June 19, 2017 9:03 AM

I will endeavor to perservere.   Smile Thanks for your concern and the reply.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, June 19, 2017 10:03 AM

That is looking phenomenal.  Very interested to see the weathering.  Also very interested in your weathering process if you don't mind sharing.

D

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 19, 2017 11:56 AM

Fantastic work you're doing there! Yes

 

I built that kit a few years ago. A little Spartan on the detail compared to say a Hasegawa or Tamiya but otherwise great quality. I remember almost no fit problems or issues. 

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Posted by route62 on Monday, June 19, 2017 3:07 PM

I will post up the weathering when I get it going.  Nothing fancy on the weathering for this one.  Mostly will be a sludge wash followed by some dry brushing to highlight the edges and to give the decals a little wear.  

I will do a little chipping using a bit of the foam you can see in the previous pics that fills the wheel bay.  I dip the foam in silver paint, pat most of the paint away on a piece of paper then pat the foam on front wing edges, cowls and props.  A little by where the pilot would get into the cockpit.

The tires will be washed in some earth color oils since these would take off and land at dirt run ways.

depending on what I see if reference pics I may spray a bit of tamiya buff in the appropriate places to give it a little dusty look.  Oh and cant forget some exhaust stains I will do with a mix of airbrush and pastel chalk powder.

 

 

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Posted by route62 on Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:23 PM

I'm at the home stretch on this one.  I should have this A-20 done in the next few days.  Here is what hopefully will be the last WIP pics.  Just a hand full of small bits to add.

 

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