A-10A Thunderbolt II
The kit really shows its age (not Tamiya’s best) with some fit problems joining the fuselage halves and a few raised panels. But, when it’s solved, all the rest goes quite right.
Until started, I had plan going mostly by the built out-of-the-box approach, with just one ejection seat set, but soon changed my mind. So, ended up using Eduard’s 48328 detail set, Aces II 4144 Ejection Seat set and Reskit RS48-002 wheels set, plus some small scratch details were and there.
Decals are from the kit and a few home printed for the armament and ladder door. Paint job and clear coat was done with Mr. Hobby and weathering with artist oils. Regarding the weathering, I did want to go a little (but not exaggerated) overboard, looking for a quite worn-out aircraft.
Apart from the details set mentioned before, I also did some scratch in the wheel wells area, some panel rescribing and riveting and redo the canon. The poster on the ladder door was a personal touch to cheer up and give some colour to the final result
Despite a troubled start, it ended up as a very satisfying and fun build which I truly liked.
Hope you like as much as I did,