1/48 Revell A-37A Dragonfly
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.
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