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1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pizzaguy » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:21 pm

Little sneak peak at the A4E coming in 2019. I've been tinkering around with the rudder. The fuselage is being reprint in SLA that will be smooth to apply the detail. The PLA material was a lot of work to get smooth. This kit will be very simple. I way over engineered the 163 to the point is was not practical. I'm thinking this will have plug in landing gear, static control surfaces, speed break and avionics hump. The approx overall dim will be 25"L x 18" x 12". It's too early for a price point.
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by rschaap » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:51 pm

Can’t wait. This is a much needed aircraft that served with at least eight different countries in a number of variants. She first flew in 1954 and last flew with the Israeli Defense Force in 2015. She had a very impressive record in Vietnam. I’m in for at least two.

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Post by dannyc » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:44 pm

Pizzaguy i hope you will be making an F-4 Phantom soon

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Post by A-10LOADER » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:24 am

Excellent news Nathan, looking forward to the next update. I have a very good friend who is a retired Gunny and was also a civilian tech rep with the A-4E's and M's at the former NAS Willow Grove, PA. If you need any Skyhawk questions answered, let me know. The Trumpeter kit has A LOT of inaccuracies externally.

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Post by YT » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:17 pm

Not my favorite plane but definitely significant. Looking forward to seeing your work. The Komet is amazing!
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:37 pm

Here's how mine will be finished.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:07 pm

Just a FYI Nathan, you mentioned "static control surfaces" for the A-4. The slats, on the A-4, were always down when she was parked (see my photo above) and also, where the slat meets the top of the wing, there should be NO STEP like most models often portray.
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Post by pizzaguy » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:29 pm

Danny, This may wet your appetite.
FLA printed, sanded and primed. These are the same person printing the A4. He's reprinting them in SLA.
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This is a SLA intake on the F4. Raw no primer or sanding.
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Steve, The leading edge slate is seperate. It can be positioned up or down depending on the builders preference.

While I wait for the A4 fuselage to be printed, I received the Polar Lights 1/350 50th Ann. Enterprise from Santa. Should be 3-4 weeks. Lights & sounds the whole nine yards. Should be sweet.

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Post by dannyc » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:24 pm

pizzaguy wrote:Danny, This may wet your appetite.
FLA printed, sanded and primed. These are the same person printing the A4. He's reprinting them in SLA.
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This is a SLA intake on the F4. Raw no primer or sanding.
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Steve, The leading edge slate is seperate. It can be positioned up or down depending on the builders preference.

While I wait for the A4 fuselage to be printed, I received the Polar Lights 1/350 50th Ann. Enterprise from Santa. Should be 3-4 weeks. Lights & sounds the whole nine yards. Should be sweet.
HOLY FREAKING CRAP
I know enough former F-4 crew and maintainers to have an entire Carrier air wing bought of those F-4 phantoms what variants will be made? All!?!?

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Post by YT » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:25 am

I didn’t know you were into Sci-Fi, that’s how I got into models. The only big Polar Lights kit I built was the NX-01 and it was great. I have a couple refits I hope to build someday. I’ve also got some cool stuff like 1/350 Romulan BOP and 1/650 Enterprise E and D. Hopefully I will have time to build them someday.
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Post by A-10LOADER » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:12 am

According to the 1:18 scale Aircraft / bbi / 21st Century Toys page on Facebook, dannyc, Tom will be making the F-4 and a F-15 for 2019. The Phantom variants are F-4J/C/D then the F-4E/EJ/F, people can modify them beyond that he says.
The F-15 variants will be F-15A/C/D/E.
Start saving up your pennies folks.

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Post by dannyc » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:00 pm

A-10LOADER wrote:According to the 1:18 scale Aircraft / bbi / 21st Century Toys page on Facebook, dannyc, Tom will be making the F-4 and a F-15 for 2019. The Phantom variants are F-4J/C/D then the F-4E/EJ/F, people can modify them beyond that he says.
The F-15 variants will be F-15A/C/D/E.
Start saving up your pennies folks.

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thats perfect does he have a price point yet? my fathers squadron VMFA-531 flew the F-4N which was basically a navy C model

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Post by A-10LOADER » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:07 pm

As of now the estimate is @ $400 - $500.

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Post by cnq » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:27 pm

Is that the Sukhoi su 27 Flanker I see in there too ?

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Post by A-10LOADER » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:40 pm

cnq wrote:Is that the Sukhoi su 27 Flanker I see in there too ?
Correct.

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Post by Birddog » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:15 pm

Seeing those three jets at that level of development is exciting news. Have to ask if he’s considering an A-10 for a future release in 1/18 scale?
Go Ugly Early in 1/18!!

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Post by pizzaguy » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:22 am

Birddog, Who knows anything is possible. I think if we got enough of us together we could knock out 1 or 2 of these a year.

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Post by Birddog » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:36 am

I’m in the game for sure with what i’m seeing. :D
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pvanroy » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:28 am

That Su-27 got me excited! But size and cost may be prohibitive... Is only the Su-27S going to be offered, or are there plans to also model other types from the Su-27 family?

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Post by mutt71 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Being relatively new to 1/18th scale, I am very excited to see anything new being produced these days. It is always good to see new subjects being produced!

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Post by pizzaguy » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:41 pm

The variants are all dependent on Tom and what he prints. He's providing the bones and I am doing the detailing and molding. Each variant will require the same amount of work. So far from this thread there's at least 15 variants. That's probably 10-15yrs of work for one person. My knowledge on the differences between variants is good at best. Depending on the model I don't know what would be a major overhaul or a simple part swap. To my understanding the A4 visually doesn't change much after the E/F version. That will be an easy upgrade with parts. Size, complexity and cost will play a major factor on what gets done. My end goal is to eventually have Thunderchief sitting on my desk someday.

Sidenote: I ordered a lighting & sound kit for the TOS Enterprise and thought that would be a cool add on for the A4. Some cockpit, Nav, engine lights and some sound synced to the effects.

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Post by bobb428 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:58 pm

Are these going to be offered as kits or complete, painted models?

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Post by pizzaguy » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:35 pm

Unless things change the aircraft I offer will be in kit form. There might be a board member that would fill that roll.

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Post by A-10LOADER » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:57 pm

pizzaguy wrote:The variants are all dependent on Tom and what he prints. He's providing the bones and I am doing the detailing and molding. Each variant will require the same amount of work. So far from this thread there's at least 15 variants. That's probably 10-15yrs of work for one person. My knowledge on the differences between variants is good at best. Depending on the model I don't know what would be a major overhaul or a simple part swap. To my understanding the A4 visually doesn't change much after the E/F version. That will be an easy upgrade with parts. Size, complexity and cost will play a major factor on what gets done. My end goal is to eventually have Thunderchief sitting on my desk someday.

Sidenote: I ordered a lighting & sound kit for the TOS Enterprise and thought that would be a cool add on for the A4. Some cockpit, Nav, engine lights and some sound synced to the effects.
PM sent Nathan.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by wolf8564 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:53 pm

This is why I want to invest in a 3D printer! They all look sweet but I really like the SU-27. I was really bummed when Merit decided not to go forward with its plans to make it. Thanks to F-14 Spotcat ( The lacking sales is what i'm convinced is the reason why Merit pulled out of the 1/18 scale buisness) Thank God they went on with the AV-8B HarrierII!

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