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Jim Sullivan
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1/48th Revell EA-6A

September 21, 2021 · in Aviation · · 30 · 2.8K

Here's my attempt to build the EA-6A Electric . I always liked the black tail markings with the white 'CY' and the Playboy bunny used by VMCJ-2 (and later re-designated VMAQ-2). I've had that Revell kit in my stash for quite some time and finally decided to build it. The Electric Intruder is instantly recognizable by the huge radome/ECM pod on the top of the tail. I had the privilege of photographing a few of them at MCAS Cherry Point, NC on two occasions.

The Revell kit was not without its challenges but everything was there to produce a respectable model. Certainly a modeler deciding to attack this kit needs to be prepared to spend some time filling and filing seams and areas where the fit is a bit off. The instructions were clearly written and well thought out.

This model was finished with Model Master enamel paints of gull gray and insignia white and some flat black and insignia red. After the decals were applied and thoroughly dry, it was over-sprayed with Testors clear semi-gloss lacquer. The landing gear is in MM aluminum. The tires are grimy black. There is some slight weathering on the model but the camera flash pretty much blew that away. The Marines kept their Electric Intruders clean. This model had after market decals but other than that was build out of the box. If anyone is looking for a moderate building challenge, this EA-6A kit is for you. The last photo shows a typical EA-6A from VMCJ-2.

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30 responses

  1. Cool and clean. Great build and finish. All good.

  2. Great model, out of a not shake and bake model, Jim.

  3. @bentwing, Excellent work Jim! That is some sweet paintwork man. 🙂 Those Revell Intruders aren't easy to tackle, but you rose to the challenge with this build.

  4. Your attempt is very successful, Jim @bentwing
    Awesome work, you created a real gem.

  5. Looks like a mirror image of the pic - well done!

  6. Nicely done Jim, an that's a beautiful paint scheme.

  7. Looks great! You don't see this version done too often.

    • Thanks Robert and you're certainly right about the EA-6A not showing up often. I had that kit in my stash for over 20 years. I got the 'bug' to build it after seeing some fine photos of VMAQ-2 Electric Intruders.

  8. Very nice Jim. An excellent representation of the 2 seat "Jammin" version of the Intruder. Great looking finish and an excellent choice of markings. Good work and I see positive comments already adding up.

  9. I always liked the esthetics of the intruder Jim . The side by side position and aero manoeuvrability Probably came from that.
    Your model looks Perfect , like the real aircraft.

  10. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    An Intruder fan myself, I just love seeing this one.
    Very nice and befitting job on this model.
    Good clean and sharp work Jim.

  11. That's great, Jim---outstanding work on a seldom-built and hugely underappreciated kit!

  12. You are right, old Revell kits still build into a respectable model, Jim (@bentwing). I am sure your building skills had a lot to do with the outcome. Well done.

  13. Thank you George. Those old Monogram and Revell 'classics' seem to serve two purposes. First off is the nostalgia thing as many of our older modelers (like myself) built those kids early in their modeling ventures. The second aspect is the challenge of seeing what can be done with those kits now that we have more modeling experience under our belts and also the huge amount of after-market offerings out there now. I personally enjoy both aspects.

  14. Very nice. Looks just like the photo you took. Excellent!

  15. Thanks Eric. Building with a photo (or photos) in hand often allows you to pick up additional details that kit or decal instructions don't show.

  16. Beautifully done, Jim!

  17. Beautiful build Jim, I'm a big fan of the Intruders and this is really nicely done - very clean, and just like your reference.

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