1/32 A6-E INTRUDER

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Grumman A-6 Intruder

The Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American, twin
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,
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all-weather
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built by
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. In service with the
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and
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between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the
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. As the A-6E was slated for retirement, its precision strike mission was taken over by the
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equipped with a
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pod. From the A-6, a specialized
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derivative, the
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, was developed.


Following the good showing of the
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in the
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, the
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issued preliminary requirements in 1955 for an all-weather
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. The U.S. Navy published an operational requirement document for it in October 1956. It released a
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(RFP) in February 1957.Proposals were submitted by
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.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
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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
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mounted on the rear fuselage. In an attempt to solve this, the third prototype had its horizontal
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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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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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Brilliant job again Mike. Is this off to a happy customer or a keeper ?
 

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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: