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Somewhere in Saudi (Desert Storm)
A-10 Thunderbolt II

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Above: A Fairchild A-10A of the USAF gets ready "Somewhere in Saudi" for a sortie in the first Gulf War. The kit is a Monogram kit. The revetment walls are cardboard box sides with the first layer stripped to show the ribbing, simulating corrugated metal. The lights are dollhouse lights, and the light housings are 500 lb. bomb halves from an old B-17 kit. The lights on the trailer in the foreground are from an HO light tower, and the trailer is from an Italieri ground equipment kit. The Maverick missiles are scratch built. A 12 volt transformer is installed under the diorama to run the lights. This has always been one of my favorite models, as well as one of my favorite aircraft. Conventional wisdom is that the A-10 is ugly, but I disagree strongly! This plane is absolutely awesome.

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Above: A head on view of the wonderful A-10 at night

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Above: A close up of the aircraft nose. The plane was actually designed for (and designed around)  the 21 foot Vulcan GAU 30mm rotary cannon seen protruding from the nose, instead of the reverse - a gun being designed for an aircraft. The 30mm gun fires a depleted uranium shot - the projectile is so hard that it penetrates inches of armor plate like butter. Designed to overcome the quantitative advantage the Soviets had over NATO in tanks, the A-10 never fought the protagonist it was designed to fight, but did prove that our tax dollars were never better spent with its performance in the Gulf conflicts to date. Low and slow, the A-10 may not have the panache of an F-16, but nothing cleans the way for our armor columns better than an A-10.  Barely visible on the nose is the appropriate name the pilot has given his aircraft, "The Thief of Baghdad". Armored like a tank, the survivabilty of the A-10 over the modern battlefield is already legendary.