A-10 Thunderbolt II
I first built this kit sometime in the '80s. It built up well and I ended up brush-painting it, initially grey to prime it - but decided I liked it that way and left it like that. Modern A-10s (as well as the original Grey scheme) look much like that. That was a happy mistake!
Some people complain about this kit being "horrible" to put together as far as fit and finish. I started the kit just building up the external stores (for some other kits that don't have them) and decided, since it had lost its box when an upstairs apartment (at the time) had a leak and it had been getting moved around in a temporary box, I'd just get this built.
The kit is molded in a dark green plastic - apparently Monogram
still holds to the "Reduces the need for painting" theory with this
kit. If you want to build the supplied camo scheme, this isn't too big
of an issue, though you'll want to prime anyway to check for seams. If
you want to build one of the multiple-grey schemes the A-10 has worn
(or Twobobs' A-10 Experimental Camo schemes) priming is a necessity.
Some flash is visible on the sprues, but not enough to really cause
problems. The most work you'll have to do is in the jet exhaust - even
when the kit was newer, flash loved to form in the rear openings. Just
take a sharp knife and clean it out.
A dry-run of the kit (then gluing subassemblies, such as the wings,
tail surfaces and such) together shows the kit fitting together with no
problems. The only warping or gaps I'm going to have to deal with are
the front left fuselage - there's less plastic to keep it "straight,"
and as I've said, the kit has been moved, packed, reboxed, and has
generally gone through quite a bit. I was expecting more problems, but
am pleasantly suprised not to find them!
After that, I decided (after running across a review on Hyperscale) to see how the main
pieces fit - if there was any warping, bad fit or the like. I
ended up gluing the wings and tail pieces together - No warping, very
tiny gaps on one wing. No filler will be needed on them (Not sure about
the landing gear pods yet, as I'm planning on prepainting them.) The
fuselage, as mentioned, does have a slight warp on one side - but it's
also had some of the other pieces resting on its side, been closed in
the box and more, and it's the side that loses some support from having
a large cutout for the landing gear - which is exactly where the warp
starts. I'll probably need a little filler when I put these together,
but in all - no warping, no bad fit.
I'm up to the point now where I have a few kits sitting waiting for
me to keep going on the (the A-18, A-10, and F-14) so it's about time
to break out the airbrush and paint some interiors and do other
More as this gets built.