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Scooters and Bugs
Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:27 AM

These are some pics of my recently completed Hasegawa A-4C and the wonderful new Meng F/A-18E

 Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

 Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

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 Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

 by Stu George, on Flickr

 by Stu George, on Flickr

 by Stu George, on Flickr

 Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:43 AM

Good stuff, Stu. Excellent builds. Thanks for sharing.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:54 AM

DiscoStu(love this name as I was a teenager during the disco era) Fantastic builds!  Great attention to detail and both are superbly finished.  I am a big fan of the early A-4s without the avionics humpback. I hope to build John McCain's A-4 someday. Are they in 1/48th scale?  What armament is mounted on the centerline of the A-4?  What bases did you use to display/photograph these kits?

TJS

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Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:58 AM

Thanks!  I agree.  A-4s just look better without the hump.  Yes, both are 1/48 scale.  On the Skyhawk I used an Eduard AGM-62 Walleye.  I found some pics of Skyhawks carrying Walleyes and thought it was an interesting load.

As for the bases, I'm honestly not sure where/when I got them.  They were on my shelf of display bases that I've accumulated over the years.  I think the VFA-31 was a Sprue Brothers purchase some years ago when I tried to build an F-14 in those markings.

 

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:59 AM

They look great.

I especially like the Hornet.  I worked for MDD during the Hornet development.  One day I was walking through the test building.  I had seen the prototype up on the drop test rig for several days.  I happened to be walking through at the time they were going to do  the drop.  It was up eighteen feet (most previous carrier birds were dropped from fifteen).  That was quite a spectacle- loud!

I have been wanting to do another -18.  Will look into the Meng kit.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:05 AM

Can't say enough about the Meng kit.  It's fabulously engineered and fits together seamlessly.  My only gripe is the cockpit isn't all that great, hence why I opted to go with the pilot.

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:36 AM

Hmmm;

      I don't understand why they call the F-18 a " Bug" Now the A-4 " Scooter" fits it! Nice job on both. It's always a pleasure to feast one's eyes on Excellent work!

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:03 AM

  Hornet= bug

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:19 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hmmm;

      I don't understand why they call the F-18 a " Bug" Now the A-4 " Scooter" fits it! Nice job on both. It's always a pleasure to feast one's eyes on Excellent work!

 

 

Thanks!  Appreciate that.

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:47 AM

   If the Chinese or Japanese got ahold of an 18 would it be called a "murder hornet??Tongue Tied

     I love scooters on the avionics hump side, they are all cool but that is my fav. And whats not to love about a hornet.

       Your work is amazing DiscoStu, nice to hear that Meng can knock an airplane outta the park. Thier armor is really nice.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 12:13 PM

Well done!  I like the walleye - something different for sure.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 3:04 PM

If anyone's intrigued, Sprue Bros has the Meng Bug as part of it's daily discount for $49.99 today.

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:54 PM

Great job, I love the gray/white scheme for the naval fighters. What's up with the A-4's large insignia though? It is huge!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, August 12, 2021 1:53 AM

Hello!

They say people loved the Scooter - many sailors were said they would marry one if they found one that could cook :-)

Very nice models Stu! Congratulations!

Rob - nah, the insignia is standart size, it's just that the scooter is so tiny!

That was the way they painted them on the early scooters, on the E's and F's they moved the star&bars to the tail, on the air brake. Like I said, the scooter didn't give you a lot of space to paint all the stuff the Navy would like to - NAVY, carrier air group number, the ship, star and bars, squadron, modex, BuNo and so on.

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:10 PM

That's a couple real nice builds you've got there.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 13, 2021 5:32 AM

Hey Armornut!

That totally slipped out of this old man's brain. Right you are!

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Posted by armornut on Friday, August 13, 2021 5:20 PM

   You are totally welcome TB, my best friend keeps me around for the same reason, and heavy lifting.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by rangerj on Monday, August 16, 2021 4:49 PM

A couple of great liiking models. I am a big fan of the A-4. There are only a few aircraft that began theri lives in the early to mid 1950s and are still serving, e.g. the B-52, the C-130 and the A-4. The early prototype A-4 weighed about 8000 pound empty. The FAA classifies an airplane up to 12000 pounds as a light aircraft. The A-4 distinguished itself in Southeast Asia (Viet Nam). Not bad for a little airplane. 

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 5:24 AM

Excellent on both builds. 

Can't believe the Scooter went plaid Oops

Quite the load out on the Superbug

 

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