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1/48 Revell A-37A Dragonfly

September 9, 2016 in Aviation

This is the Revell’s 1/48 A-37A Dragonfly.
The kit has the same molding with the Monogram’s. In Europe the kit has been marketed under the Revell title.
I used True Details’ PE set for the seat belts, fuel tank caps etc..
The build was almost painless, disregarding the wing area. I had to spend a considerable amount of time on filling and sanding the wing joints.
The quality of the kit is surprisingly high for it’s time and price range. Almost a Tamigawa quality!!
The size, full weapons and tank load, engraved panel lines with recessed cockpit instruments (also comes with decals for the panels) make the kit a joy to build.
I used Gunze acrylics as always. First of all, I primed the fuselage, preshaded and than painted the kit. After sealing the paint with floor polish, applied the decals with the help of Micro Set/Sol, this time sealing the decals with the polish. This session was followed by washing the panel lines and the kit with artist oil (black, burnt umber) and finally sealing the whole kit with my SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) of Tamiya Flat Base+Future in order to achieve a matt look.
Finally for the sake of enhancing the realistic look of the kit, I used wire to depict the antennas on the horizontal stabilizers and the upper fuselage.

Since I like the SEA camouflage of the era and A-37 with its CAS capability, I am truly glad that I could prioritize building this old beauty and finally brought it to life. With its size and look, it’s already become one of my favorites among my builds.

Cessna A-37B Dragonfly

October 6, 2014 in Aviation

The A-37B Dragonfly was one of those unsung heroes of the Vietnam air war. Over shadowed by more glamorous jets like the Phantom, Crusader, Super Sabre and Thunderchief, the A-37 was deployed to Vietnam to replace the F-100 and B-57. It was used operationally by the USAF and the South Vietnamese Air Force. The A-37 lacked the loitering capability and heavy weapons load of the A-1 Skyraider, but had inflight-refuelling capability. Furthermore, the A-37 B was powered by a pair of General Electric J85 -GE-17A
turbojets, each producing 2850 lb’s of thrust. Internal fuel capacity was 317 US gal. This was augmented by two non-jettisonable 95 US gal. tip tanks. Two underwing fuel tanks could also be carried. With four hardpoints under each wing, the A-37 was capable to carry a wide array of rocket pods, bombs and napalm. The A-37 B was also fitted with a General Electric GAU-2B/A six-barrel Minigun mounted in the nose, offset to starboard, with up to 1500 rounds of 7,62 mm ammunition. Rate of fire could be changed with a selector switch from 3000 to 6000 rpm.
This is Monogram’s 1/48 scale A-37 B. The model depicts the mount of Lt. Tom O’ Bierne from the 604th SOS, 3rd TFW, based at Bien Hoa. The model was completed OOB. Only whip aerial antennas were added. These were fashioned from thin copper wire. The model was sprayed with Humbrol enamels and lightly weathered with pastels. The small stencil decals were slightly off-register. This was a relatively fast build for me at a time when my production line turned out a model per month. Nowadays it has slowed to one per year. This model is starting to show her age. I completed her more than 16 years ago.

Monogram 1/48 Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

October 5, 2013 in Aviation

With the help of aftermarket decals, this was built as an OA-37, as pictured on the back cover of the A-37/T-37 Dragonfly in Action. These replaced the OV-10 in the FAC role with the 19th TASS, based at Osan AB, South Korea,.
The kit was copyrighted 1992, and I think was one their nicest productions. I’ve done two, and have one more in the stash. It comes with a ton of stores, and a lot of detail. There are two decal options with the kit, but you may find aftermarket sets still available.
The A-37 went together fairly easy, with little filling. It sits very low, but still needs weight. With a little effort it turns out to be a nice addition to any collection.