1/72 A-6 Intruder – Frog kit F272
When I started this Frog Yellow Series F272 kit, it must have been back in the mid ‘80s and this Frog/Hasegawa mold may have been the only A-6 Intruder tooling in 1/72 at that time. Cockpit….what cockpit? There isn't even a joystick! Hasegawa has released the kit again and again with some refinements to the arrestor hook and updated ordnance but even the most recent Hasegawa kit has the blasted two piece canopy. The newer Fujimi and Italeri kits in 1/72 look WAAAAY nicer.
I pulled this old timer out of storage within the last year, finding it was about 60% completed with the fuselage and wings done and pretty much every joint puttied with red car bondo. More putty was needed to finish including a big gap on the upper surfaces of the ailerons/flaperons. I also found it with the front radome slightly deformed as for some reason I originally used Testors Plastic cement to secure the nose weight and the whole front end melted slightly. This thing almost went back into its storage box, but… I heard it whimpering and when I found its old Microscale 72-128 Decal Set in the box I decided to show this old kit some respect and give it a home on a display shelf. I'd go with the VA-65 Tigers flying the A-6E, I found photos of VA-65 flying from USS Independence and other photos from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Fancying the then red intake separator blades and tan radome and grey camo on the air intakes, I went that route though not the most accurate for the decals used. Wiki also indicated VA-65's impressive list of carrier ops which actually included flying cross deck ops off HMS Royal Ark.
Painted with Tamiya's XF-55 and after a lot of Microscale Liquid Decal film, I had only minor issues with the ancient decals which turn out to be very delicate with a lot of care needed to float them into place. Tanks were added for the photos, and Mk.82's added before it went onto the shelf.
Thanks for viewing.