1/72 scale A-7 Corsair II (Fujimi)
review / modelling report
Another Fujimi A-7E kit #F9 was made as seen on page 1....
The kit was similarly assembled as described on that page, but now a model would be made of a Thailand Navy A-7E aircraft.
Photos are easily found on internet. The Thai A-7E also has the cable ducts (parts #50 , 51) and also the lower fuselage fairings #57 and 52. Sometimes also the missiles pylons #28 are fitted, but I did not use these.
I had to fill sink marks in the main
wheels. The rest was simply assembled as per kit and nice is that there
is an intake trunk.
The standard US Navy scheme was still used by the Thai Navy, comprising Fed.Std 16440 upper and lower white 16875 surfaces (and also the upper moving surfaces).
Colours used were:
A grey walkway is also seen on the
moving aft horizontal stabilizers.
I obtained decals from the Thai SIAM
decals, sheet 72026. This is a nice sheet with plenty of detail
with also stencils for the pylons and fuel tanks. Markings may vary a bit
between individual aircraft, so check photos on the internet which are
easily found nowadays.
The model was finished with the gears and as extra detail, I added the hinge mechanism in the aft portion of the clear canopy #C3 from scratch made from card and rod. This detail is well seen when the canopy is open. Also, small parts suggesting mirrors were added in the canopy frame.
A final coat of Johnson
Future varnish gave an even sheen and protects the decals.
The result is a nice little A-7E model of the Royal Thai Navy.
[ 513,000 sq.km | capital: Bangkok | 69 million inhabitants | GDP per capita $7,600 ]
Thailand between Burma, Malaysia and Vietnam in south-east Asia has a population of now almost 70 million with Bangkok as its capital.
In February 1911, the Belgian pilot Charles Van Den Born made a first aircraft demonstration in Siam at the Sapathum Horse Racing Course in Bangkok. Thai King Rama VI was so impressed that on February 28, 1912, he sent three army officers to France to learn to fly. Military aviation started in 1913 when some Breguets and Nieuport biplanes were purchased. In the 1930s, more than 70 Curtiss Hawk III and some 84 Corsair V.93 biplanes followed, of which more than 72 were built locally.
In April 1937 officially the Thai Air Force ("Kong Thap Akat Thai") was established.
For more info about the Thai Air Force look at the Fantrainer page here...
Thailand's navy has also had its own air force for years, with Fairey Fireflies in the 1950s and then the Grumman Albatross and 10 second-hand Trackers. These all flew from the shore above the Gulf of Siam. The navy had more ambition and in 1997 the aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet was put into service, which would fly with ex-Spanish AV-8 Harrier/Matadors. In practice these were modest operations, most 9 Matadors remained on shore and rarely were flown from the ship along with some helicopters. Thailand obtained ex- US NAVY second hand 14 A-7E's and 4 TA-7C trainers. The aircraft after being inspected and repaired at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida USA were delivered to Thailand in the summer of 1995. Used for coastal defense and sea patrol duties, the aircraft were used by the Thai Navy 104th "White Shark" squadron of 1st Wing. Based at U-Tapao International Airport at Pataya about 150 km south-east of Bangkok at the Gulf of Thailand, this is a former Vietnam era B-52 base, now a Royal Thai Navy Station.
Currently, the Navy Air Force mainly flies helicopters, but also a number of Fokker F27s and Lockheed P-3 Orions.
has significantly modernized its armed forces. The A-7's were probably
not used anymore after 2007.
back to A-7 models in 1/72 scale...
|Back to 1/72 Models.......|
(c) Copyright Meindert "designer"/ All rights reserved. Your comments are welcomed by webmaster
|Created this page
January 26, 2016