Wednesday, 7 December 2011

DML Dragon 1/144 - A-10 Thunderbolt - Wip 2


Surprisingly to me it been over 3 months since ive touched the A-10, really excellent model despite what seems to me to be alot of bad fitting pieces..

Added the wings and started working on the undercarriage which both have great detail but really need quite alot of work to get fitting correctly, reckon it going to take quite alot of work getting the wings to seamlessly fit onto the undercarriage.

Been looking at camouflage schemes too, really liking the green European pattern but the light grey 2-tone also looks great, hard to decide.



Glehn said...

Looks really nice.
I built one of these a few years ago, I remember having a hard time with the nose landing gear bay.
Here you can see some pictures of my build:!cpZZ1QQtppZZ24

I chose the grey painting schema. The other one in the box, I would like to paint in the european green camouflage, when I build it sometime in the future.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Glehn, for that photobucket link. Since I have an A-10 kit stashed, build up pics are very welcome - shows you the parts that need attention.

Ant: I think the lizard three-tone camo will be very hard to paint because of the many soft edges - but maybe your new airbrush can do the trick. Would love to see it though.

Seems like you have a lot of sanding to do first though. Tiny bit of advice: For small gaps, I've found acrylic putty to work best (I use the one from Vallejo but there are many other brands). The trick is to apply it, give it a few minutes to dry and then just wipe off the excess putty with a q-tip dabbed in alcohol. You get a very nice, smooth surface that way. Since you don't have to sand it afterwards, you won't damage any panel detail.

Ant Sized Man said...

Glehn, cheers for the great referance. Has taken me quite some time to get the undercarraige unbder the nose fitted correctly and still got to keep adding a bit of putty every time i sand again.

Anon, cheers for the advice nevere heard of acrylic putty before, will have to give that one a try with all these 1/144 builds i got going.

Anonymous said...

Glad you could use one of my tips, Ant - I've learned so much from your blog. Be warned though, acrylic putty really only works for gaps and holes and to fill panel lines. It doesn't bond to the surface as well as normal putty, so if you sand it down you run the risk of removing it completely.