A-7E Corsair II
by Don Weixl
A-7E Corsair II
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My 1/72 scale Airfix A-7E
took me over 20 years to build. No, it wasn't that difficult of a kit, but
I did get a career started, build a model railroad and get married in
between starting and finishing this project.
I was hot and heavy into scale modelling when I started this project in
1979. I had graduated to detailing cockpits, opening canopies etc, and
thought this kit could use some extras.
I used the Squadron A-7 "In
Action" book as my main reference.
Back in the late 1970's
resin and photo etch detailing parts were not common, so scratch building
was the only way to go. The cockpit received a rear bulkhead, side
consoles and additional seat details. The canopy was cut with a razor saw
to allow it to be shown in the open position. I opened the electronic
panel and made the "black boxes" from pieces of styrene. I also opened up
the ladder hatches and dropped the slats. This is when the project ground
to a halt.
Fast forward to 2000 and a renewed interest in the hobby thanks to a
friend lending me a stack of Tamiya Modeller Magazines. I vowed to build
all of the models that I had started back in College before starting any
new kits (didn't happen!). I discovered the use of Future and scribing
recessed panel lines. I chickened out rescribing the fuselage as I had
already glued it together.
Microscale (now Superscale) provided the decals for the VA-25 CAG
aircraft, which is shown in the A- 7 In Action book.
Although a pretty crude kit by today's standards, the 1/72 Airfix A-7 has
nice wheels, a realistic intake trunk and is inexpensive.
I am pleased that mine got
finished and it looks nice and shiny in my display case.
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2003 by Don Weixl
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17 March, 2004
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