1/48 A-7E Operation Praying Mantis 1988
I am happy to share another of my low vis A-7E’s. The first one I posted a while back was a Desert Storm A-7E, and I didn’t have much luck with photographing the intake – or the photography of it in general!
I think this upload is better- even though I didn’t use natural daylight- I have wanted to post my completions of the last 4 months or so- I am happy to be building more regularly now.Unfortunately, that means shooting indoors with the best lighting I have, otherwise the timing to shoot during the day never seems to work out!
I have two more kits lined up to join this one eventually for a 1988 Praying Mantis diorama- a KA-6D and an A-6E. I was in college in 1988, and was enthralled by the use of the Viet Nam era aircraft in low viz livery. After doing more research, I found out that one of my favourite squadrons: VA-22 was involved in the conflict.
I loaded my A-7 with AGM-62 walleyes- even though it was more likely that they carried only one, I still loaded two- I am a s****r for symmetry.
I like to put a fan at the back of the Hasegawa A-7 intake- can’t understand why Hasegawa did not provide one in the kit- but they did the same with their Legacy F-18 kits…intake but no fan?!?
The Low Vis A-7E’s had a different seat from the earlier A-7E’s. the Hasegawa rendition of the seat is okay…but needs some rework and additional details to make it look like the real seat.
I used a Black Box cockpit that I had lying around, but I think the Hasegawa cockpit is really nice out of the box- except for the seat.
This kit fell about 4 feet during some of the finish stages- I had to repair and reassemble some parts two times. By fixing the damage, the kit was more of a triumph, even though I felt like an idiot for letting it fall in the first place!
Hopefully, next summer will be the “summer of the Intruder” for me- I hope to get the A-6E and KA-6D done by then so I can have the diorama done at Christmas- I have to do all my major model work during school holidays- I am a High School Art teacher.
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