1/32 A6-E INTRUDER

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  1. chameleon 2009

    chameleon 2009 Mike Tipping Models

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    Grumman A-6 Intruder

    The Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American, twin jet-engine, mid-wing all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. As the A-6E was slated for retirement, its precision strike mission was taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod. From the A-6, a specialized electronic warfare derivative, the EA-6, was developed.


    Following the good showing of the propeller-driven Skyraider in the Korean War, the United States Navy issued preliminary requirements in 1955 for an all-weather carrier-based attack aircraft. The U.S. Navy published an operational requirement document for it in October 1956. It released a request for proposals (RFP) in February 1957.Proposals were submitted by Bell, Boeing, Douglas, Grumman, Lockheed, Martin, North American, and Vought.Following evaluation of the bids, the U.S. Navy announced the selection of Grumman on 2 January 1958. The company was awarded a contract for the development of the A2F-1 in February 1958.The A-6's design team was led by Lawrence Mead, Jr. He later played a lead role in the design of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and the Lunar Excursion Module.

    The first prototype YA2F-1, lacking radar and the navigational and attack avionics, made the Intruder's first flight on 19 April 1960, with the second prototype flying on 28 July 1960. In general, development flying went well,[with the major problem encountered being handling problems associated with the aircraft's air brakes mounted on the rear fuselage. In an attempt to solve this, the third prototype had its horizontal tailplane moved rearwards by 16 inches (41 cm), but this did not completely solve the handling problems, which were resolved by fitting split-hinged speed-brakes on the aircraft's wing-tips. Early production aircraft were fitted with both the fuselage and wingtip air brakes, although the fuselage-mounted items were soon bolted shut, and were removed from later aircraft.


    This is the trumpeter 1/32 sauce kit, and apart from a few issues a dream to build, the cockpit had the Eduard PE added, with a few other bits of Eduard to enhance the other bland items.

    All the figures are from Reedoak ( amazing figures) and the base is scratch built, using flight path tie downs.

    all painted using a combination of Mr Hobby, Tamiyia, and Vallejo air

    Enjoy
     

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    meggsy SMF Poster

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    Wow that is truly stunning
     
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    Outstanding work Mike
     
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    Excellent work, so much detail to take in, truly amazing.
     
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    Excellent work Mike!
     
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    It's a work of art, figures look great all those rivets, well done
     
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    Fantastic build, Mike. I love the metal finish on the wings, the figures are great, and the whole composition is full of detail and interest. You could easily have included this in the 'Completed Dioramas' section!
     
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    Speachess! Figures really are outstanding, a master piece

    Theuns
     
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    Stunning Mike, fantastic all round build.
     
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    Fabulous!
     
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    Great job on the Intruder Mike, top stuff
     
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    Brilliant job again Mike. Is this off to a happy customer or a keeper ?
     
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    chameleon 2009 Mike Tipping Models

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    thanks for the comments, and yes Its is indeed off to a happy customer
    Mike
     
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    Snowman We come in peace, so shoot to kill!

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    .........aaaand its of the park, into a low earth orbit!!

    AMAZING!! Love the detail and the ground crew bring it to life!!:eek::cool::eek::cool::eek::cool:

    The poses of the figures are so natural - exceptional!!o_O:cool:
     
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    awesome stuff, "Fighter pukes make movies. Bomber pilots make... HISTORY!"
     

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