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Chuck A. Villanueva
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Hasegawa’s 1/48th A-7E Corsair II, VA-72 Desert Storm

June 14, 2013 · in Aviation · · 16 · 3.5K

Desert Storm in 1991 was a war that had all the services in transition. Vietnam Era aircraft and Helos participated with the newer generation aircraft, some seeing action for the first time. The was one of those that were already being withdrawn from service, VA-72 and VA-46 were the last squadrons to fly the Corsair in combat. Aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), most of the aircraft were already being sent home to transition to the F/A-18, but were recalled to the Kennedy as she sortied from Norfolk NS, for the Persian Gulf in August of 1990. (Just as our reserve squadron was activated in the same month). The Corsair performed brilliantly in its mission, launching two major strikes per day off the Kennedy. Bombing, with CBU's, Mk-82,83 and 84 bombs, Walleyes, Mavericks and HARM's. Upon returning home both VA-72 and VA-46 were stood down and decommissioned, the transition to the Hornets went to VA-37 and VA-105 instead, the fortunes of war.

The kit is the excellent offering, wonderful to build, I built the D and E at the same time. Only using Eduard's Cockpit interior set to enhance an already ok cockpit from the kit. The decals are Superscale, using the kit decals for the stencils and labels. PE are already supplied for the exterior plumbing along each side of the fuselage. I used a standard load of 6 CBU's and 2 Mk. 83's 1000lbs bombs along with AIM-9 sidewinders. The scheme of overall Med Blue Grey was used using MM Acrylics and some weathering not to heavy. The bombs have that ablative coating that are applied on all USN bombs to prevent accidental cookoff on the flight deck in case of a fire, Eduards RBF flags and the CBU's are from the Hasegawa weapons set. Thanks for viewing.


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    said on June 14, 2013

    Excellent SLUF Chuck! I didn't know these were deployed in the Gulf. I really like the 60's/70's jets.

  2. Chuck... Looks great.

  3. said on June 14, 2013

    Good lookin' bird, Chuck! Those blue markings really perk up that low-viz scheme.

    • Compared to the more bland line birds that VA-72 had in the squadron it is not quite as boring looking. VA-46 were in overall Lt Gull Grey, but still like to build one to represent one of their Corsairs.

  4. VERY nicely done Chuck 10!

  5. oh chuck...i love it...most appealing scheme

  6. Chuck,
    What a great looking model of a neat airplane. I really like the scheme and the way you textured the bombs. Great job.

    • I would love to take credit for that, but they are actually a resin set I got back in 08 or so. I have reproduced that affect on plastic bombs before but not as well as those resin bombs. I'll see if I can find the packaging and find out who made those. I believe they are no longer in business, still it is good to know who the manufacturer is.
      Thx Chuck

  7. Chuck, you've made a great model, it looks great!

  8. A really fine job on one of my favorite Navy jets- I was privileged to get to know some A-7 pilots back in the 60's, when these were brand new. I've done quite a few of the Fujimi 1/72 kits and have the Hasegawa 1/48 scale in the stash. If I ever get to it , your example will be an inspiration !

    • My first duty station was at NAS Pt Mugu and VA-305 still had their A-7's, but were already in transition to the F/A-18A. The Fujimi kits are great, have a couple and 1 built. You will enjoy building the Fujimi kit as it is not a difficult kit as is the Hase kits are as well. After maybe doing anyone's F-14, which are quite labor intensive.

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