A-6E Intruder

On February 2, 1991, Lieutenant Commander Barry T. Cooke and Lieutenant Junior Grade Patrick K. Connor were catapulted from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. They were twenty-nine miles north east off the coast of Kuwait City when AAA fire brought them down. Neither Cooke (pilot) or Connor (navigator/bombardier) survived the crash. This build is dedicated to them.
Originally, I wasn’t too enthused about how this kit was going. The canopy issue was not what I needed to deal with at the end. Although it was frustrating, it turned out better than I thought it would. Opening the canopy up required some detail inside the cockpit. I had to scrounge around to find some parts to add and I think it turned out well.
The Starfighter Decals were great to apply. They don’t handle to well to clear matte so I might try some Future next time around. As for weathering, I tried to get this Intruder as filthy as I could. I don’t like clean Intruders. To me, there is just something about a grimy Intruder that peaks my interest. Overall it was an ok build. The finish turned it around for me.





15 thoughts on “A-6E Intruder

    • This one took far longer than I wanted it to. Normal builds are all diligence. I look at the instructions but don’t necessarily follow them. I work on the whole kit at the same time. Landing gear, ordinance, fuselage….they all get worked on while the other entities are drying or waiting for assembly. Plus working on multiples always provides for something to get done.


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