Fairchild Republic A-10
Merry Xmas! Well it’s nearly Xmas anyway so I’ll get it out the way…
This is my last build for the year, the Hobby Boss 1/48 A-10 Thunderbolt II. Or at least that’s what it says on the box, the aeroplane goes by a few different nicknames I believe such as the Tankbuster or the Warthog. Aside from the many nicknames, the aeroplane is basically just a big flying gun with bombs on it.
It is quite literally a plane built round a 30mm cannon. That cannon is the GAU-8 Avenger and if I’m not mistaken it’s the most powerful cannon ever to be mounted on a fighter jet. There’s some great footage on youtube of the gun in action. The gun can only be fired in short bursts when airborne as the recoil is enough to stall the jet.
It’s quite a good kit overall. The build is pretty much straight out of the box, aside from the stand for the cannon which I scratch built from the spares box. The remove before flight tags were aftermarket as well but that’s it. I painted it with Mr Hobby acrylics and just made the camo scheme up as I went along. There was a shark mouth included on the decal sheet for the nose art, but I preferred it without.
I built it with the cannon displayed externally, but the instructions call for it to be installed inside the aircraft. There is no option to open up the bay without an Eduard photo etch set and some major surgery, which I found quite odd considering the cannon is provided as standard.
Just a word of warning though if you attempt this kit, it is a tail sitter! I added a 2 oz fishing weight to the nose and it still wheelied. It was only once I added the final few bits of ordinance did it finally sit on its front wheel. That’s without the gun installed internally, but the gun doesn’t weigh 2 oz so I’d say a ballast is a must.
Aside from that it was a good kit and went together without any issues.
Thanks for looking, and have a good new year as well!
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