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David Kopielski
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1/48 Hobbyboss A-7E from VA-37

April 8, 2020 · in Aviation · · 11 · 2.2K

During my service in the U.S. Navy in the early 1980's I was attached to an A-7E squadron designated VA-37 at NAS Cecil Field. I purchased the A-7E kit as well as the Eduard detail set and Microscale decals for my squadron. I built this back in November of 2014. The kit itself was very nice. The old Microscale decals were not. They were very brittle from age and I ended up using general decals from my extras and making the squadron specific ones myself. You can see all the details added during the build in my build log at

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  1. Very well built and fine detailing too. Looks the part! Had built a few Hasegawa's in the past and was quite happy with them, but the Hobby Boss looks very fine too. I can see a lot of quality work at the ordnance. Excellent!
    All the best!

  2. Very nice! The Corsair is a mean beast 😀 should be a privilege work with them
    Congratulations on your build

  3. Nicely done Dave, she looks good fully loaded out.

  4. "She's a man eater" Ok forgive the poor song reference! Nicely done. I only served with A-7s on my first cruise on Nimitz, but one of the first things I was taught was to watch out for that intake. "Ok bootcamp, look up in the cockpit, you see a pilot assume the engine is on, and stay the ... away from the nose of that!" Our recovery station for VAW 124 was in the catwalk just aft of the point, and that darned nose wheel being so far back, when they would turn them around the intake would be right above us. They would come up on power to make the turn, and we would duck down as low as we could, grab on to the catwalk. I seriously questioned my choice of vocations.

  5. Looks great David. I particularly like the full weapons load out. That's how an A-7 should look.



  6. That's a beautiful paint job on that Corsair!

  7. Wow...nice job David... I am amazed sometimes how those slufs could get airborne with all those heavies under the wings!

  8. lovely work

  9. Quite a nice build.

  10. Nice Corsair II! Gotta love the SLUF!

  11. Nice ! Cruised with VA-37 aboard Saratoga, 1975'76.

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