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A-10 seaplane fighter
« on: April 08, 2020, 10:17:29 AM »
I recently started a kitbash on another forum for their "In The Navy" GB. I usually don't get into many group builds as I build so slowly I never finish in time. Now with this "shelter in place" stuff going on I might have a chance.

Just a few pics to show my progress so far.

Here's what the floats started out looking like.



I decided to lengthen the main float to better fit the A-10 fuselage. I used sprue to build a frame for the stretch.



I curled a piece of plastic sheet to wrap around the frame. Gaps filled with CA glue or plastic slivers.



Much PSR at the moment.



Next will be trying to build the box over the fuselage the wings will attach to and hold the main gear.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2020, 03:52:47 PM »
Fine pontoon stretch technique. :smiley:     With A-10 engines up out of way from water spray, its a natural for a float plane version.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2020, 02:27:13 AM »
Keen to see this one finished.
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2020, 04:07:59 AM »
Excellent idea!  Especially with the A-10 having the engine intakes masked by the wing so that spray ingestion is reduced. 
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2020, 04:10:41 AM »
Fine pontoon stretch technique...

I'll say! That looks amazing  :smiley:
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2020, 11:29:55 AM »
Keen to see this one finished.

Me too!

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2020, 01:07:23 PM »
A little progress. The float is attached to the fuselage.



Now if my wife would go back to work I might have more progress! She's thinking up Honey do projects faster than I can get the materials for them!

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 02:28:57 AM »
Looking good.
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2020, 05:07:31 AM »
 :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2020, 02:55:53 AM »
Puttied up the fuselage float joint. I glued in a strip of really thin polystyrene over the joint. I cut it from a clear cookie container. Once this is sorted out Iíll work on the wings. I think Iíll use the S-3 Viking horizontal stabs but it in a vee. Iíll have to check that as I go as it might be in the path of engine exhaust.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2020, 12:55:58 PM »
Liking pontoon-fuselage match.  :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2020, 12:59:30 PM »
Puttied up the fuselage float joint. I glued in a strip of really thin polystyrene over the joint. I cut it from a clear cookie container. Once this is sorted out Iíll work on the wings. I think Iíll use the S-3 Viking horizontal stabs but it in a vee. Iíll have to check that as I go as it might be in the path of engine exhaust.
Probably need to set the angle of the vee so that they don't.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2020, 01:06:23 PM »
Well, here's a look at plan B. Its the S-3 tail parts in a new arrangement. I'm glad I'm not the engineer who would have to figure out how to do this for real!



It's tacked on for now so we'll see if I continue to like it or if I come up with another idea.



I might get out the saw again and shorten the whole thing a bit.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2020, 03:48:34 PM »
 looking good ! :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2020, 05:25:47 PM »
Best wishes sanding putty.  PSR.  I can relate.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2020, 06:30:46 PM »
Martin Marlin, is that you ?   ;D
Looking good so far, don't think it needs shortening at all, sleek is good . . .   ;)


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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2020, 08:12:44 AM »
Hmmmmm....
Putty on the model and retaping the drywall joints in the upstairs bedrooms. (Long story!)
PSR all around!

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2020, 02:16:10 PM »
Minor touch ups on the PSR on the fuselage. Nothing worth taking a pic of just now. Time to start working on the box that goes on the fuselage that supports the wing and holds the main gear. If I push on this I might finish by the end of the month.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2020, 04:19:36 PM »
 :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2020, 07:57:58 AM »
This'll be good ;) ;) ;)
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2020, 02:22:44 PM »
Finally finished the PSR on the fuselage and attached the tail. I found a solution to the problem of what to do with the saddle across the A-10 fuselage that holds the wings. An old Ertl/AMT Skyhawk in 1/48th donated its wings to the effort. It had been sitting in a drawer for 20 years so time to make a move on it. Anyway, here are some pics.

Blue is the clipped Skyhawk upper wing. Much chopping was required between removing from the half finished model and what you see.





The underside. I boxed in some future wheel wells and then covered the hole thing with really thin polystyrene from a food package box.





I wrapped sandpaper around a piece of 1/2 inch copper pipe to sand a trough where the A-10 fuselage will fit. The Skyhawk parts got really thin and had to be glued back together. it will be much stronger when mounted on the A-10.





I added thick pieces of plastic to the outside edges so that I can round them off later.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2020, 12:00:46 PM »
Can't believe its been July 10th since the last post on this project! Lots of things been going on here so maybe it will calm down and I can get something in now and then. Anyway, I cut some wheel wells in the middle bay and am gluing up some gear legs from the A-10 kit main gear and the leftover main legs from the afore mentioned Skyhawk. Still not long enough so adding some blocks inside the wheel bay. raising the wing and adding a float makes for a tall fuselage. I'll post pics when there is more to see. I hope that is soon.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2020, 02:46:17 PM »
welcome back  ;)

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2020, 08:51:24 PM »
Always good to see a project revived.  I have several sitting in boxes waiting on me...

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2020, 10:12:59 AM »
So now we have some legs!



A combination of A-10 legs, Skyhawk legs and some sprue.





Now I have to cut a hole for nose gear.



The whole saddle device worked very well. Attaching the wings should go well. More PSR around the saddle and a few touch ups.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2020, 02:51:28 PM »
Enjoy photos, keep going, nice work.  :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2020, 06:19:07 PM »
 :smiley:
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2020, 02:08:27 AM »
Looking good
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2020, 10:24:05 AM »
Thanks for the kind comments gents!
Now I'll have to seriously look into a paint scheme. Definitely darker than gull grey.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2020, 08:48:57 PM »
Famn nifty scale engimaneering!  :smiley:
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2020, 07:18:08 PM »
We have wings! Pics hopefully later today. Iím working on engine pylons next.
I've also cut a hole for the nose gear.
I have no idea what to do about a paint scheme or even time period. Could end up anything from post WW2 to the present. Any suggestions?

Here's a couple of pics.





At least the tail doesn't look so overly large now. Flaps were removed from the wings many years ago but will be used as intended.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2020, 09:05:50 AM by kerick »

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2020, 05:31:11 PM »
Nice! 8)
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2020, 02:24:41 AM »
So many options re markings and schemes.  Were you thinking any particular nation?

One that leaps out would be USMC obviously, though perhaps for something different, someone like Indonesia?
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #33 on: September 19, 2020, 03:36:42 AM »
The A-10 seaplane looks better than I imagined. You could have it as a companion to the Seamaster!

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #34 on: September 19, 2020, 11:23:39 AM »
US Marines might be a good idea. My idea behind the model was a conflict in the 80s or 90s descends into a South Pacific island hopping campaign. Kind of a repeat of the PBYs black cats attacking Japanese shipping during WW2. There was an interesting scheme on Marine Skyhawks that Iíll look into.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #35 on: September 19, 2020, 11:49:33 AM »
US Marines might be a good idea. My idea behind the model was a conflict in the 80s or 90s descends into a South Pacific island hopping campaign. Kind of a repeat of the PBYs black cats attacking Japanese shipping during WW2. There was an interesting scheme on Marine Skyhawks that Iíll look into.

Or flip that on its head? Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force markings for anti-shipping ops during a 1990s clash with the PRC over the Senkaku Islands?
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #36 on: September 19, 2020, 05:02:16 PM »
That is looking good, you can hardly see the A10 in it anymore  :smiley: :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2020, 07:19:53 PM »
 :smiley:

I guess engines are not yet there
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #38 on: September 19, 2020, 08:58:01 PM »
JMSDF is a great idea. Iíll be making some engine pylons soon.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #39 on: September 20, 2020, 12:34:26 AM »
A-10 origins are barely evident.  Might be I see it only because know its there.  Looking unique  :smiley:

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« Reply #40 on: September 20, 2020, 08:30:24 AM »
Once I add the engines the A-10 look might come back a little.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2020, 12:04:25 PM »
Working with the fiddly bits right now. Iím going to place two or four Maverick missiles on top of the wings to keep them out of the spray. Need to find two more Maverick launch rails. Sidewinders and ECM pods out on the wing tips. Also some wing tip floats. Then landing gear doors all around.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2020, 03:37:00 AM »
And now we have engines!







The A-10 roots might be a little more apparent now. Big stuff is pretty much done so now on to all the little pieces!

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #43 on: October 05, 2020, 03:50:01 AM »
Who's your Daddy...?



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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2020, 09:36:42 AM »
This just gets better and better  :smiley:

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #45 on: October 05, 2020, 02:07:45 PM »
a striking look !


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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #46 on: October 05, 2020, 04:10:37 PM »
Nope, A-10 parentage isn't, actually, obvious at all. :smiley:

The more I see of her the more I like what I see! 8)


(Although I would have angled the engine pylons a bit; for personal aesthetic reasons which bear no relation to your build. ;))
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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #47 on: October 06, 2020, 01:39:17 AM »
Are we going to see similar landing gear?



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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #48 on: October 06, 2020, 11:59:22 AM »
Itíll be something like that. Iím using the A-10 gear as much as possible.
Trying to make wing tip floats out of 1/48th mini gun pods. I wasnít using them for anything else.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #49 on: October 07, 2020, 03:22:54 AM »
Maybe just re-use but reverse the existing A-10 wing landing gear 'pods':

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2020, 03:58:31 AM »
Wish I had thought of that but Iím beyond that point now. Iíll have to cut doors for everything.
I wonder if I can get away with fuel tanks under the wings? Weapons will all be above the wings.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #51 on: October 09, 2020, 11:30:10 AM »
Located a spare Navy style AAR probe in another kit. This will look good. I added winglets to the wing tips for ECM pods and a Sidewinder or two. Working on the wing floats too. Nose gear doors will be made from the piece I cut out to open the gear bay. Main gear doors will have to be cut new from sheet plastic.

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #52 on: Yesterday at 01:43:37 PM »
Here are some pics showing the latest progress.
The winglets were cut from the fuselage left over from another A-10 kit.









The wing floats are from 1/48th minigun pods, parts of the Skyhawk's tail and Aves epoxie putty.



I'm really going to have to choose a paint scheme soon!

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Re: A-10 seaplane fighter
« Reply #53 on: Yesterday at 05:32:00 PM »
Winglets: Tricky! And they look very good! 8)
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