I have always
been fascinated by the A6 Intruder. It’s
longevity and service record during the Vietnam war was a mainstay in offensive
operations. This longevity even
extended into the 90’s during the first Gulf War.
I decided to model my Intruder to represent the summer of 1988 when the
US was escorting reflagged Kuwaiti Oil tankers into and out of the Persian gulf
during the Iranian-Iraqi war. The
squadron markings are from VA-176, the “Thunderbolts”.
I also decided
to drill out the engine exhausts since the molding in this area was much to be
desired. When the kit wings go
together, it forms the exhaust. Since
there is an awful seam to contend with, I added brass tubing after much drilling
and carving to make the room for the tubing. It does much to add to the realism. On the front side of the wings, I added lead foil intake
covers with the squadron insignia. To
do this I grabbed letters and numbers from a Super-Scale sheet and individually
added each letter and number.
The landing gear in this model is very nicely detailed. I decided to add MV Product lenses to the nose landing gear door in the green, amber and red colors as well as the main landing gear light. This adds much to the realism affect as well. I weighted the landing gear and after a coat of future floor polish, I sludged the landing gear to simulate the daily usage of this aircraft with the grime and dirt effect.
decided to arm my model with Harpoon missles since the Thunderbolts were
The model was finished in Model Master Enamel paints and weathered in Artist pastel chalk which really darkened with covered in Future. I’ve always felt that aircraft should represent how they are in real life and I like the look of being dirty!
Photos and text © by Glen Martin