Beware of the Blacksnakes.

We all have our favorite airplane. As a kid, I used to love the F-14 Tomcat. I still enjoy it and have a few kits of it. I can’t recall how or when I changed my mind, but along came the A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog). Ugly to some, I believe that it is a wonderful aircraft. Rugged and built for it’s purpose.
I learned a while back that the Indiana National Guard was phasing out the F-16C and replacing it with the A-10. I do what I always do and go online to look for kits or decals of that plane. Luckily I was able to find a set of decals from Wolfpak. If you haven’t visited their site, you should. They mix their decal sheets up. On my set came decals for my A-10, an F-16, F-105, U-2, and a Predator UAV. Good value($17) for the product. I ordered those and went to Scale Hobbyist for my kit. I used a 1/72 Academy kit with a Verlinden update set that I already had.
When I first came back into the hobby, I built two A-10’s that I can say aren’t the greatest builds. In my opinion, they stink. Even though they aren’t showpieces, they are quite valuable. I learned from those two kits. I learned how to fill and sand, and made mistakes that I don’t make anymore. This new A-10 was going to be quite an improvement from the others.
I was apprehensive to use the update set. It required me to cut pieces out of a brand new model. I cut out the panels with my Craftsman dremel tool. I wanted to get all the cutting done first in case I ruined the kit. I cut just below the panel lines and then sanded the rest to give it a good fit. Aside from the update set, I used cardboard and foil for the intake covers. I also used Femo dough for the end caps on the sidewinders. All the normal building followed from there. The engines gave me a few problems during sanding, but that about did it for frustration. This was also my first time airbrushing as well. I was definitely nervous at first. I quickly realized how easy it was to airbrush and vowed never to use sprays again. I used Model Masters paints to accomplish the ghost scheme. I added Eduard’s remove before flight flags, a base with Hasegawa’s Weapons Loading Set and done.
For those of you in the Fort Wayne, IN area, there will be an air show featuring the A-10 Blacksnakes Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

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6 thoughts on “Beware of the Blacksnakes.

  1. As a kid I got into model airplanes a little. I didn’t do very well, but I still think they’re really cool. I played around with model rockets more. For the model airplanes, I could never figure out how to get the decals off of the sheet. I always expected them to be sticky like regular stickers. But, after seeing your work, I just might do this again and combine it with photography. Hmmm… that’s a great reason to get a macro lens and indulge my lens buying addiction. Haha..

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