Trumpeter A-7E Corsair II in 1/32 scale ;
US Navy, modelling report by Meindert de Vreeze
A-7 Corsair was designed for the US Navy as an attack aircraft to be operated
from aircraft carriers.
Look here for some
history and more on 1/72 Corsair kits....
scale the first injection moulded kit of the A-7 Corsair was issued by
in 2008, and what a welcome kit it was for US Navy fans.
The A-7E kit comes with lots of parts
and ordnance/stores. Some 30 photo etched parts, rubber tyres, white metal
gear struts and off course over 600 plastic injection moulded parts in
light grey are included.
Kit instructions are fine in the
usual Trumpeter style with 27 logical steps.
Decals are OK with large sheet with
stencilling and US NAVY schemes in the Gull grey FS16440--White FS17875
Some small errors are in the decals,
e.g it should read CDR Joe Springer. For the stores, also decals are included.
The lower fuselage ventral speedbrake is separate, but you need to close in for a plane on the ground.
The cockpit itself looks OK with a tub and a nice SJU-8 seat , (an older style ESCAPAC seat is also on the sprues). For the instrument panel a "film" is provided and clear parts with instrument faces. When painted up, it looks fine. Adding addtional details can obviously be done in this area.
The main wheel wells look OK, adding some extra plumbing here from rod and sprue will enhance the looks even further. It is recommended to strongly fix the wheel bays in the fuselage halves with some strips. Landing gear legs have the option of metal or plastic with rubber tyres.
In the kit also a couple of opened
up avionics bay are present. When adding some extra details, this will
give some nice extra's to look at. For some A-7 versions, the boxes in
these bays vary.
There is also some M61 Vulcan gun
detail in the kit, but not a lot is seen. I decided to open up additional
hatches and panels and add additional detail in the left forward fuselage
Look here for info on 1/72 scale kits.....
The 1/32 A-7 kit is quite nice, and when built straight from the box is OK. However, improvements can be made both in overall shape and in the details:
Correction 1: the overal
shape of the cockpit canopy is not OK, it is way too flat.
has issued a correction set in resin for this with nicely shaped canopy
Correction 2: the nose intake
lip is too thin and likewise the shape of the bullit nose. Again, ZACTOMAN
has a conversion set for this; this set is available in 2 forms: with or
without complete intake tunnel.
Correction 3: the engine rear exhaust is not wide enough. This can be corrected by the modeller as will be shown later on. Also, the jet exhaust pipe will benefit from making it a bit deeper/longer.
Overall, these 3 main shape issues
make a lot of difference when corrected on how the final model will look
like the real thing.
Starting the build
I started with
some work on the major parts, like sanding off the USAF type antenna panel
on the vertical fin. This is not present on a NAVY Corsair.
The real A-7 intake is seen below,
the ZACTOMAN correction improves the looks here a lot....
Following the ZACTOMAN instructions
this correction to the kit is not difficult at all.
It was also choosen to open up additional
panels and add internal details from scratch. These hatches on the left
fuselage side were cut out by scribed and a razor saw:
Turning to the
cockpit tub, the basis is there in the kit and very good starting point
for further detailling.
The ZACTOMAN intake tunnel, with will
make the model look better. NOTE: you could leave out the complete tunnel
as a lot will not be seen and order the some waht cheaper set.
The wheel bays are nice but can use
some additional detailling obviously....
So after assembling and glueing in all internal details as per kit instructions up to STEP 10 and with some boxing in with card of the opened up hatches, both fuselage halves could be joined and the fuselage main assembly completed.
The rear correction may not seem a lot is very well visible indeed! The exhaust pipe opening look significantly better now as on the real A-7 plane.
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