Trumpeter 1/32 Scale A-10 Warthog
Model, Text and Photos by: Jack Mugan
| I must
have been out of my mind to be taking on this project. Not because the
kit is bad or even difficult, but because it is so darn large.
To someone used to a more manageable scale, dealing with all these large parts, which become large sub-assemblies, then become much larger wing span and fuselage assemblies; well my work space became smaller and smaller as the project progressed.
Much has already been discussed about this kit on the internet as to the many sprues of parts, the size if the box, the lack of detail in the cockpit and whether it should have the GPS dome or not. All of this is true.
Starting with the cockpit as step one in the building process, I found the instrument panel to be very basic and the side consoles to have just a hint of detail; but the seat looks pretty good, and with a little effort, detail can be added to pop the cockpit up a bit if you want. Of course there is the option to wait for the expected aftermarket resin detail set. I chose not to do this, deciding to build this kit as per instructions, without adding detail or opening panels.
Step two will complete the cockpit including the armored tub. (Step three deals with the pilot figure) On to step four through six, which deals with the cannon. Direction for the construction of the ammo container
were a little confusing (for me), as there seemed to be more diagrams than needed some how. The ammo drum for the cannon is also one of the places you are directed to place eight grams of weight (just under three ounces) and another eighty grams will be placed just behind the cannon assembly. This is a lot of weight to deal with. I went to the local tire store for some old wheel weights and managed to squeeze half the weight into the ammo chamber.
Should you decide to display the cannon as a separate model, or open a panel
to display the cannon in the plane, you will have to paint it. However,
as this was not the case here, I simply assembled the parts and attached
them to the fuselage. One could argue that I could leave it out all together.
By step eight through ten, we have the front half of the fuselage together. I left a lot of the small items such as the nose gear door, boarding ladder and antennas for later in the process for obvious reasons. I also left the nose gear off, even though it was assembled and painted, not wanting to have to mask this at painting time.
Next step is to complete the rear fuselage. Now the rear and front fuselages are joined and we can get some idea of the size of the model we're dealing with.