Italeri 1/72 OA-10A NAIL FAC
During my USAF career, I had the honor and pleasure to fly the A-10 Wart Hog for twelve years. It was a joy to fly…and to say that shooting the GUN was a thrill is an understatement.
I built this kit for an old fighter pilot friend of mine whom I met early in my career at Nellis AFB in 1972 while we were both going through F-111A training. He later commanded the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS) during Operation DESERT STORM.
This build replicates one of the OA-10A's in his squadron as it looked while deployed to King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the air campaign in January 1991. The “NF” tail code comes from the unit callsign “NAIL”…they were the NAIL FACs who had their beginnings during the Vietnam war. The aircraft carries the standard load of 2 AIM-9L's, 2 LAU-68 rocket pods with seven 2.75 inch white phosphorus target marking rocket each mounted on Triple Ejector Racks (TERs), an ALQ-119 ECM pod, and of course a fully load 30mm GUN.
The kit went together very well and I highly recommend it. I really liked the detail, fit, and nice panel lines. A lot of the other 1/72 A-10A kits out there don't have the chaff and flare dispensers, but this one does and that is a big plus. The only aftermarket parts used were the resin Eduard/Brassin Triple Ejector racks, a scratch-built hypo needle pitot tube, and SuperScale decals (72-645).
The NATO I camo was Vallejo Air 71.124/USAF Green/FS 34092, 71.289/US Dark Green/FS 34102, and 71.314/Seaplane Gray/FS 36081. Alclad II Aqua Gloss was used to prep for the decals which performed beautifully. These then were sealed with another coat of Aqua Gloss followed by an oil panel line wash, some light weathering, and streaking. The model was then finished off with a coat of Vallejo Acrylic Matte varnish.
I hope you like it…