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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by dcway » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:13 pm

wow !!!!! 2019 will be a good year for 1/18 !!!!!! But i still want an A-10 Real bad !!! the skyhawk is going to be awesome ... i want mine as a Blue Angels !!!! please , please bring my Dream bird alive the A-10 !!!! i want one so bad i was thinkn on spending $2000.00 + to have a custom one made .... not i my budget but i want one !!!!!! Dana :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel: :blueangel:

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by cnq » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:06 am

I would really like to get the Sukhoi Su 27 whenever they come out. It's my most favorite jet Fighter.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pizzaguy » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:55 pm

A4 Fuselage printed. They still need the support material removed. Should have them next week.
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:37 am

Thanks for sharing Nathan. Anyway you can make the A-4 shot bigger ?? I saw the Phantom shots on Facebook, she's looking good.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by tmanthegreat » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:45 am

Those prototypes are looking great, Nate! With the F-4, you’ve gotten near where Admiral Toys once was and way further than 21st Century Toys ever got 8)
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by dcway » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:15 am

what is the facebook page ???? i can't find it !!!

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:50 am

dcway wrote:what is the facebook page ???? i can't find it !!!
Here ya go,
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pizzaguy » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:53 pm

Tom sent me this of the parts cleaned and taped together. Once I have it I can attach the wings and vertical tail section.
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:22 pm

It will be interesting to see her with all the other parts added to her. Looking forward to more.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:51 am

Nathan, anything new to report ??

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Post by pizzaguy » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:58 pm

Nothing as of late. Work has been keeping me busy. I am hoping to get something done this weekend.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:07 pm

Copy that.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by Robc988 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:54 am

Please tell me we are gonna have a Vietnam era F-4 in camo. I’d definitely be in on all of these new aircraft.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:40 pm

Rob, his plans are for a F-4C/D, J/S and, a B/N.

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Post by pizzaguy » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:24 am

Snuck in a little work on the A4 over the weekend. Don't like cold rainy days in spring, but is a perfect excuse to sit in the shop. I was able to get the canopy cut out, wings fitted and dorsal fin attached. Still need to work on the windscreen. It shattered when I was trying to cut it loose. The SLA material is very thin and brittle. WIP
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by YT » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:32 am

Looks great!
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:59 am

Heck yeah !!! I doubt I' ll be able to afford one but, great to see it come to life. Keep up the awesome work Nathan.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pizzaguy » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:37 pm

The price point I am shooting for would be below $300 or even lower. My plan is to keep it simple. No moving parts other than maybe the canopy. Plug N Play wheels like the 1/32 F4. I would like to stay with the fiberglass wings and fuselage. Do enough that it looks nice, but allows the builder to do more detail if they wanted. It's a tricky balance to get enough detail that people are interested and too much that it's not affordable.

I am tinkering around with an Arduino for my own amusement to add exhaust illumination, cockpit lighting, NAV lights and sounds. The 1/350 TOS Enterprise I have slotted to work on next has an amazing light and sound system ran by an Arduino. Cool thing is it can be tailored to almost anything.
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by JoeS » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:50 am

Like the idea that this will be fibreglass, a bit more stable than resin and a lot more lighter. This has piqued my interest in the Skyhawk. Personally keeping it simple without a deluge of moving parts is probably the way to go. If the F-4 turns out to be fibreglass too then again would be interested. Very impressive work, actually it's pretty amazing Nathan. btw Thanks again for the F-14 undercarriage, they arrived in the UK safe and sound.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pizzaguy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:00 pm

I don't want anyone to think the project is dead. Typical with our hobby life and work gets in the way. I haven't figured out how to win the lottery. I've been working on it here and there, but not enough to post consistent updates. Also with a project like this you have to be thinking five steps down the road which slows things down. We'll get there hopefully before to interest dies off.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by dannyc » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:12 pm

pizzaguy wrote:I don't want anyone to think the project is dead. Typical with our hobby life and work gets in the way. I haven't figured out how to win the lottery. I've been working on it here and there, but not enough to post consistent updates. Also with a project like this you have to be thinking five steps down the road which slows things down. We'll get there hopefully before to interest dies off.
Pizzaguy I know this and the F4 are projects you guys have been working hard on. I would love to offer as much help as I can. My father happened to work alongside A4s when he was with 531 and may have reference material you can use. i will ask him if you would like.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:42 am

No worries Nathan, Rome wasn't built in a day. Don't forget to contact my bud Ed. Most of us are really looking forward to this and future updates.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by pizzaguy » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:42 pm

I think I have finished the overall shape. What's your thoughts? Canopy area will be finalize after I have the molds done. With the little time I've had I completed the gun ports and bulge under the nose. Next step is panel lines. Then on to molds.
I hope 2020 in a more productive year than the last. No weddings or graduations this year. You can faintly see the panel lines on the horizontal fins. I should have taken a closeup of those.

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Off topic I've been honing my 3D printing skills. Got a Ender 3 over the summer. This is a file off Thingiverse not mine. I wish I had the ability to do this. Should make prototyping parts much easier.
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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by A-10LOADER » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:05 pm

She's coming together nicely Nathan, keep up the great work.

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Re: 1/18 A4E Skyhawk 2019

Post by YT » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:57 pm

A-4 looks great. That Battlestar is cool! how big is it? I promised my son we would get our 3-D printer set up again soon.
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