Restoration Project – Airfix 1/48th EA-6B Prowler

My dad has cleared out his loft and give me *lots* of kits, some built & lots unbuilt. One that stands out to me is this Airfix 1/48th Prowler. He built it when I was a kid well over 20 years ago and since then it’s taken a bit of a beaten up in the loft as it was left on a shelf where it got knocked a few times, parts are missing, paint flaking off, faded & discoloured paint with worn decals… not to mention a tonne of dust. It’s just moved house too, so the parts that were broken off missing, are now 100% missing. Luckily for me, I have a spares 1/48th Revell Intruder that I’m hoping I can scrounge parts off.. mainly the undercarriage. A new decal sheet has been ordered, but I would like some resin wheels and vents, so they are on the ‘to buy’ list.

I’m just gathering some info for the time being and I have found some very useful walkaround links.

Cybermodeler Prowler Walkaround

Cybermodeler Prowler Walkaround #2

Primeportal Prowler Walkaround

Just some of the photos from the links above can be seen below. Very useful!

 

As you can see it is in need of some TLC! I just couldn’t throw it away, for that colour scheme more than anything! It’s still got the hanging string attached as I left it on for the photo so I can show how I got it, and how it’s going to look when done.

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Rheintochter R-1 at the RAFM Cosford Museum.

A two-stage solid fuel rocket introduced in 1944 used in the surface-to-air role, it’s certainly a looker with it’s 10 wooden fins and 4 control paddles up on the top. I’ve taken these photos for the newly released Bronco 1/35th kit, one that will be hitting my bench in the future.

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V2 missile at RAFM Cosford

With the new V2 hitting our shelves, I thought I would get over to Cosford to get some photos of the V2 mounted to the trailer there, sadly there isn’t a Hanomag to go with it and it’s not in a position where I can get 360° access for photos as it’s tight against the hangar doors.

Hopefully though, the photos can be of some use to someone. I’m not 100% sure on how original it is, and the V2 itself looks a bit battered but I’m putting that down to the age as I can’t imagine they would look like that new. Some useful parts shown in the photos, as the surface on the kit is smoothed with flush rivets, but you can clearly see sections with raised rivets, whether you would want to replicate this though is another question.

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