A-7E Corsair ARAXOS Cemetery .Hasegawa 1/48 Art: Fotis Matsagouras

A-7E Corsair cemetery

Hi to all!! - I don't know where to start and what to do for this project! I had in my mind to make such a model abandoned for a long time. Although the look sad to me I liked the whole thing, with the wear, the locks, the faded colors and the engine room open. When I made the decision to start it I knew it would be difficult but also very time consuming. A few words about the A-7D / E Corsair II Kit - At first I was wondering if it was worth buying the pretty good Hasegawa Kit compared to the Hobby Boss, since I would have removed a lot of Kit kit. A few and many pros so I decided to get the Hasegawa Kit. Let's go to its construction:
   For the cockpit I used the Aires resin set as well as the wheel nests, also from the Aires. All the rest made from scratch with an Evergreen plastic friend. Everything was removed in the electronics boxes, as everything has been removed as it was in reality. On the left there is only one open door which communicates with the air intake of the engine and on the right there are many open windows with various pipes and cables all made from scratch. In front is the radar area which is also vacant as the radar is missing. One more extra correction was made to the supply pipe, and as I saw that Kit's piece was incorrect, I started making it by evergreen while a Master refueling probe came in front. Another big piece is the engine compartment, which was made from scratch by faithfully following photos of our abandoned Corsair. Everything is missing, all there is is tubes and some nerve from the aircraft's hull.
   Hi wheels I chose to keep Keith on as this one gives the right ones. One of the two was left without a tire as I only wanted to hold the wheel while the other wheel just swung its tire quite a bit. Another big piece I chose to open were the lockers on the back of the aircraft, and I also chose to leave half of its two wings right - left. Painting and Weathering:
 For the variant of the aircraft I used MRP colors. Codes: FS34079, FS34102, FS30219, FS36622. All colors were lightened with white above 70 - 30 as the aircraft over the years, sun, rain its colors are almost gone. Then a glossy varnish was also applied to the MRP and after letting it rest for two days it took weathering with oil paints (dark green, light green, brown, white and gray). Depending on the color of the variant, the corresponding oils were also passed in order to slightly highlight the embossing and rivets of the aircraft. On his belly there were some runs mainly of rust to highlight the situation. The model adorns the Icarus Decals coat of arms. There was no surgery as most are in good condition. Finally, the entire aircraft except the engine compartment was passed through the MRP lacquer, and the doors I had chosen to be open ...

Art: Fotis Matsagouras