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Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« on: April 02, 2011, 07:43:37 PM »
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.



The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy automatic cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament. The aircraft's hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.


A-10 over Yugoslavia 1999.

The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog". As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. The A-10 is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later.

Although the A-10 can carry considerable disposable stores, its primary built-in weapon is the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling-type cannon. One of the most powerful aircraft cannons ever flown, it fires large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells. In the original design, the pilot could switch between two rates of fire: 2,100 or 4,200 rounds per minute; this was changed to a fixed rate of 3,900 rounds per minute. The cannon takes about half a second to come up to speed, so 50 rounds are fired during the first second, 65 or 70 rounds per second thereafter. The gun is precise; it can place 80% of its shots within a 40-foot (12.4 m) circle from 4,000 feet (1,220 m) while in flight. The GAU-8 is optimized for a slant range of 4,000 feet (1,220 m) with the A-10 in a 30 degree dive.


A-10 launch AGM-65 Maverick

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fired approximately 10,000 30 mm rounds in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1994-1995. Following the seizure of some heavy weapons by Bosnian Serbs from a warehouse in Ilidža, a series of sorties were launched to locate and destroy the captured equipment. On 5 August 1994, two A-10s located and strafed an anti-tank vehicle. Afterwards, the Serbs agreed to return remaining heavy weapons. In August 1995, NATO launched an offensive called Operation Deliberate Force. A-10s flew close air support missions, attacking Serbian artillery and positions. In late September A-10s began flying patrols again.

A-10s returned to the region as part of Operation Allied Force in Kosovo beginning in March 1999. In March 1999, A-10s escorted and supported search and rescue helicopters in finding a downed F-117 pilot. The A-10s were deployed to support search and rescue missions. But the Warthogs began to receive more ground attack missions as the days passed. The A-10's first successful attack in Operation Allied Force happened on 6 April 1999. A-10s remained until combat ended in late June 1999.
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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 07:45:35 PM »
Good intro :)

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011, 07:51:25 PM »
Thank you! :-flo :-flo
This will be my next project,after MiG-21Bis.
This kit is gift from Srecko. Thank you mate,for this gift! :-clap :-clap :-clap :-love
Here is photos of box,sprues,decals,and "book assembly"! :-ok :-flo

http://www.kitkrazy.com/images/items/academy-fa046.jpg
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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011, 08:22:28 PM »
Is there any images of the real aircraft?

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011, 08:27:48 PM »
In this marks no. :( I tried to find, but without success! :-kr
These days i will update on forum some walkaround photos,of this plane.On this plane to,i will enrichment any part i can. :-flo :-tri

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011, 08:32:11 PM »
Watch for those decals.Academy decals tend to shitty up a kit.

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2011, 09:06:50 PM »
Hm...I don't have another decals for A-10... :-roll so i must use this in box...

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2011, 09:14:10 PM »
Watch for those decals.Academy decals tend to shitty up a kit.

If I have understand you- you have made this kit before?

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2011, 09:46:25 PM »
I'll enjoy your build, Sall. I built an ESCI A-10 many years ago and used this scheme:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/SpottedHog.jpg
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Here is another photo of two of the ships that wore this spotted scheme:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/SpottedHogs2.jpg
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This was an experiment done in the early days of A-10 use and the trials were being done at Nellis AFB as I recall. Nothing came of it, but they remind me a little of some of the Italian WWII schemes.

Have fun with your Warthog!

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2011, 09:49:09 PM »
That was JAWS trials and this pattern shown very effectively but was hard for maintenance and it was discard for future use. Two machines have adopted to use this scheme

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2011, 10:05:04 PM »
Thank Scott,certainly i will enjoy in this build when it came on turn.
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I read some text of your machine! Interesting camouflage,very colorful,i like that type of camouflage. :-ok

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2011, 10:08:58 PM »
So atypic... I like the Warthog!

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2011, 02:36:51 AM »

If I have understand you- you have made this kit before?

Yes I have many many years ago.99% of the Academy decals tend to show silvering no matter what you do.I try avoid them by all cost an means.Somewhere I red that some modeller used hot water and viniger to soften them up.You must have absoloutley flawless glossy glass like surface before you aplly this decals.The are very thick and don't really adhere well to the surface.

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2011, 08:48:23 AM »
My experience with Academy decals says use of liberal amounts of Gunze Sangyo's setter and softener solves the problem, and the surface should be fairly gloss... - it's true they're unobedient, but not impossible to set - and no silvering at all. Maybe it's patience and no-rush that solves the problem...

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Re: Academy A-10A Warthog 1/72
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2011, 11:25:56 AM »
I would like to build my A-10 in some other camouflage,for 2 reason:
1.I love more typical A-10 grey camouflage than this in box.
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2.I don't have that skill,so on my model,decal certanly show silvering.
 :-roll
I will try find some other decal for grey camouflage... :-flo