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Spad A2; Amodel 1/72
Topic Started: Jan 24 2017, 11:02 PM (956 Views)
Joseph M

December 2017
Hi Guys,
This is another kit I decided that I better do a bit of work on. The posts below are the original from way back but I had to delete the Photo bucket black clock faces. Thanks Photo Bucket. So it may seem a bit disjointed. I have tried to replace some of the photo's as I went along.

Another weird aircraft developed to combat the Fokker Eindecker menace. It was a way to overcome the fact that the allies did not have an interrupter gear at the time.
From what I can see a total of 99 were built (80hp Le Rhone engine) with 42 seeing some service with the French Aviation Militare, where they were not very popular, I think we can all understand why! While the remaining 57 were shipped to Russia who were desperate for any aircraft. In Russian service a number of them had their undercarriage replaced with skis. They were use for long after the French had ceased to use them. Believe it or not there was actually an A3 built which had guns fitted to both cockpits, only 1 built. The A4 numbered 11 models, 10 of these going to the poor Russians. The main difference was it was fitted with a 110hp le Rhone engine. There was even an A5 built with a Renault 8Fg engine.

I really feel sorry for the gunner as he must have required clean underwear every time he landed safely!
Posted ImageIMG_20171203_162054 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr
Anyway now to the kit.
Its typical early Amodel with thick gates to the sprues and a fair bit of flash. As the plastic is fairly soft it cleaned up reasonably well but require a fair bit of careful sanding.
The photo's are mainly before and after so I'll let them do the talking.
Cheers Guys
And always remember Stick & String Rule O.K.

Edited by Joseph M, Dec 6 2017, 12:54 AM.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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That's a crazy looking machine altogether the poor gunner must have been spared execution to volunteer to sit in one of those 😁
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Merlin

That's just weird but I'm sure you'll do your usual immaculate job on it.

Gerry
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Prenton
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Joe - you really like those flash filled creations from long ago! Nice job on the clean-up. :>

Philip
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Joe, you and I must have similar taste in godawful A-Model kits. I've got this half-built in the drawer of eternal shame. I get it out every so often, fiddle with it for a minute then put it back going "Naaaah".
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Joseph M

Woolley
Jan 26 2017, 12:12 PM
Joe, you and I must have similar taste in godawful A-Model kits. I've got this half-built in the drawer of eternal shame. I get it out every so often, fiddle with it for a minute then put it back going "Naaaah".
Honestly Mike,
Between Vincent boasting that his was 18 inches long and you fiddling with it for a while what's the world coming to? ;)

I think that we are drawn to A Model because they make such unusual kits.

Keep up the good work with yours, soon we will control the Airfield Forum, next the World!!!

Cheers
Joe M
Stick & String Rule O.K.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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Fnarr fnarr. IIRC, the wings appear to be made out of Admantium (the second hardest substance known to man, after leftover Weetabix that's been allowed to go dry in the bowl). Cost me a couple of micro-drill bits to tap rigging holes.
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Suckers for punishment I tell you. Great subject Joe.
WHAT'S MY VECTOR VICTOR?


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Joseph M

Since having cleaned up the wings I have had another look at the rest of the kit in detail. What a surprise, I'm going to have a problem OK but not the one I expected!
While the gates on the sprues are huge the actual components are very finely moulded. I'm going to have to be extra careful removing the parts because they are so delicate against the sprues.



Happy Days.
Cheers
Joe M.
Stick & String Rule O.K.
Edited by Joseph M, Dec 6 2017, 12:50 AM.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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Looks nice .Maybe use razor saw blades ?
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fs2005
Feb 25 2017, 12:57 AM
Looks nice .Maybe use razor saw blades ?
Or an oxy-acetlyne torch.. :>
Mike

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Joseph M
Feb 25 2017, 12:35 AM
Since having cleaned up the wings I have had another look at the rest of the kit in detail. What a surprise, I'm going to have a problem OK but not the one I expected!
While the gates on the sprues are huge the actual components are very finely moulded. I'm going to have to be extra careful removing the parts because they are so delicate against the sprues.

Joe

I suggest you might try the pico saws from Radu's firm, RB Productions - I have used them for this kind of work and they are really excellent.

Philip
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If you do screw up any parts beyond saving, let me know... most of this kit is still on the sprue and I'll happily hurl it in your direction
Mike

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Joseph M

Hi Guys I decided that it was time to start up this kit again.
Sorry I don't have any intermediate photo's of the build ( thanks again Photo Bucket) but this is where I am now!!
Posted ImageIMG_20171203_161716 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

Posted ImageIMG_20171203_161734 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

The upper wing is not glued in position, just sitting on the four fuselage struts.

Posted ImageIMG_20171203_161758 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

Cheers
Joe M
Stick & String Rule O.K.
Edited by Joseph M, Dec 6 2017, 12:58 AM.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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Looks pretty sharp to me. I love these old weird types.

In fact I'm seriously considering launching into a WWI biplane campaign as there a lot of types missing from my collection (all of the key Sophwiths, a Fokker and a Pfalz or two etc) and seeing as how I'm going back in time with the Deperdussin and the DH16 and there's a BE2c burning a hole in my stash (probably next up once the Heinkel's finished) it would make perfect
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On the Bench:-
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48
1913 Depredussin racer 1:32 Scratchbuild
Ancient Heller Mig 21 (found slightly butchered in stash, being resurrected as a north Vietnamese 21pf) 1:72

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane
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Joseph M

I haven't touched this one since early December last year. Time to get it back onto the mat.
Since I have partially sorted out my new den this is where I am.

Posted ImageIMG_20180409_184840 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

I have managed to remove the four main struts and sand them down and give them a first coat of paint. Same with the propeller and the undercarriage spreader bar.

While this is an Amodel kit from the early 2000's the actual parts are not badly moulded and in some cases are very fine. The problem is that the gates in most cases are huge and it can be very difficult removing parts from the sprues without damaging them. Once successfully removed there can be a lot of flash on the parts that you don't really notice until you examine them closely. This is also a problem as the parts are quite fine cleaning them us causes more problems.

Posted ImageIMG_20180409_220926 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

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Tomorrow I intend to get the air brush into operation and try out the new extraction system

Cheers Guys
Joe M

Stick & String Rule O.K.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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Looks like fiddly work Joe but I'm sure you'll get it looking great
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Joseph M

Hi Des,
I'm definitely going to have to replace some of the smaller struts and some of the bits and pieces around the gunners 'office', no matter how I tried they either broke up while trying to remove them from the sprues or else when I was trying to clean them up. Also the spreader bar for the undercarriage doesn't look like it would support the plane in any way.
But I did get some stuff done today. The engine after being cleaned up and leads added.
Posted ImageIMG_20180410_230859 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

Main struts and propeller cleaned and painted.
Posted ImageIMG_20180410_230839 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

Pilots and gunners seats after I riddled them with holes.
Posted ImageIMG_20180410_231014 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

Tomorrow I hope to get the fuselage and wings sprayed. Its coming together slowly very fecking slowly.

Cheers
Joe M

Stick & String Rule O.K.

On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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Lovely build, very scary aeroplane especially if you were an observer in one, terrible kit, enjoying the build.
On the Bench:-
Sopwith Pup scratchbuild 1:48
1913 Depredussin racer 1:32 Scratchbuild
Ancient Heller Mig 21 (found slightly butchered in stash, being resurrected as a north Vietnamese 21pf) 1:72

Finished Builds:
A7V Scratchbuild /Saint Chamond Scratchbuild
Airfix ME 109 /HE51 Floatplane
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Joseph M

I got another bit of this yoke done today, sorry yesterday!

A lot of the engine detail will be completely invisible once the gunners cockpit is in place.
Posted ImageIMG_20180412_235549 by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

The wood is starting to look a bit like wood and the propeller is in place. Both cockpits will need to have their seats added and their is still a host of fine bits to be either added or manufactured and then added.
Posted ImageIMG_20180412_235521 (1) by Joseph Moran, on Flickr

But getting there!!!

Cheers
Joe M

Stick & String Rule O.K.
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Glencoe Models 1/81 Curtiss Condor
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater

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