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Phil Beard13/03/2018 09:40:13
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Well I've always wanted to build amodel of the A10 Thunderbolt and having a PSS model of one ticks all the boxes for me.

I thought I'd do a blog of the build so as to keep my motivation going and also be able to ask for help when required mainly with respect on how to cover the model and paint it, together with how to make a canopy. Something that I've never done before.

Thought I'd attach some photos to show how I've started already.img_2041.jpgimg_2042.jpgimg_2043.jpgimg_2045.jpgimg_2046.jpg

Callsign Tarnish13/03/2018 19:17:00
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There was another pss A10 somewhere, not sure if it ever got finished? If it's the same you could see where the canopy came from?
Andy Meade13/03/2018 19:18:59
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Looks like a good start, the Hog flies great off the slope.
eflightray13/03/2018 19:43:46
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The Hog flies even better with electrickery power wink

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My scratch built with props in front of the nacelles.

Ray.

Andy Meade13/03/2018 20:08:18
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Flight times are too short with noisemakers no Much MUCH better off the slope cheeky

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And of course, with a cockpit that is clear wink

Chris Barlow13/03/2018 20:35:22
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Nothing better than hunting Soviet tanks hiding in the Welsh valleys eh Mr Mead?

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eflightray13/03/2018 20:41:27
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But with electric power, I can still slope soar, and fly from a flat field. wink

Ray, (the best of both worlds).

Andy Meade13/03/2018 20:42:50
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But how does the pilot see out? laugh oops!

Phil Beard14/03/2018 20:47:24
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Wing centre section coming on quite nicely.

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Andy Meade14/03/2018 21:29:42
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Neat progress, keep it up!
Chris Barlow14/03/2018 22:37:26
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You won't be disappointed with a PSS A-10. yes

What paint scheme are you going for Philip?

Phil Beard27/03/2018 23:15:37
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Well after another week away last week looking after full size aircraft I'm back home doing some more work this time on the out port wing of my A10.

Last week wasn't fully wasted as I managed to cut-out alot of the fuselage frames in my hotel room in the evening. Will post an image of these later.img_2056.jpg

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Phil Beard28/03/2018 22:38:13
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Chris Barlow many apologies for not responding sooner, had mean't to say I think I will be using the Winter Colours similar to those used by Andy Meade as it does seem to give a nice look.

What I need now is some help in how I should cover the model and put on the colour scheme. I'm used to using Solarfilm and solar tex but I'm not sure what to use for this model to give the best effect. Any help greatly received.

Andy Meade29/03/2018 09:41:34
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Hi Philip,

If we say that the way to get the camo scheme onto the airframe is with sprayed on paint, then of course we need to get a decent smooth substrate for masking up. My order of preference for this would be silver hobbyking film, then tissue and dope in second, then solartex in last place. 'Tex is quite hard to fill the weave well enough to stop bleed-through of colours unfortunately.

So if you were to use HK film, I'd use "balsaloc" first to ensure the best adhesion, then apply the film, then rub back with green scotchbrite, then prymol to key the surface, then plastic primer from a rattle can. Then when on the colours, lightest first - in this case my A10 got a complete coat of white enamel paint before the grey and black.

Hope that helps!

Phil Beard29/03/2018 21:42:32
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Andrew thanks for your suggestions. Have to agree about Solartex as I've only used that on an SE5A when I used to fly power.

I've used Balsaloc previously when using solarfilm so no hassle with that and will look up the Silver Hobby King Film. Not sure what you mean by Plastic Primer though, if you can elaborate that would be good.

Thanks for your help.

Andy Meade29/03/2018 23:35:27
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Hi Philip,

OK so once the film is on, and it has been roughed up slightly to take the sheen off, it is then readied for paint with prymol. This allows sprays to bind more effectively. Plastic primer is just one of those generic rattle can sprays that one can source from Halfords or The Range. It ensures a good base for the top coat colours to bind to, essentially.

The great thing about silver film is that if the paint is chipped or scratched at all, it exposes a silver base that looks like bare aluminium.

I should add that a Warbird of this ilk would benefit from matt colours to be used, then all sealed up with a coat of satin lacquer sprayed on. A10s are far from shiney aircraft, so a good dull top coat makes them more realistic in the air.
Phil Beard30/03/2018 11:09:22
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Andrew,

Thanks for your response which is excellent. Do like the idea where if the paint is chipped it exposes a silver base that looks like Aluminium. That's class and such an easy solution and so practical.

Have to say I've always liked the A10 since the day I saw one land at BAe Woodford where I used to work and had the chance to look at the aircraft and get to touch it. Looked down the gatling gun and the shells that come out are the size of 2p's, wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that. Pilot was a Capt Myers call sign "Quag". Had to laugh at that.

All the Best

Phil Beard

Phil Beard30/03/2018 17:26:31
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The outer port wing near completion and then join up to centre wing section.img_2061.jpg

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Phil Beard30/03/2018 17:28:40
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Well I said last week I was away working on full size aeroplanes and in the hotel in the evening I managed to cut the frames out. At least I didn't waste any time whilst I've been away.

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Phil Beard27/09/2018 20:33:13
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Well I haven't posted for a while, some may have thought I'd given up with the A10, but after a good summer racing the boat it's back to the model making over the winter period and whilst I didn't do as much on the A10 I did build a SAS Wildthing 60 as seen below and have completed the majority of a Flair Heron which I'll post some photos later on.

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As you can see from the next photo the empenage of the A10 has taken shape nicely and is ready to be fitted through the fuselage.

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Will keep you all updated as I continue to progress the build.

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