Trumpeter Aircraft 1/32 A6E TRAM Intruder Aircraft Kit
The Grumman A-6 Intruder was designed as the replacement of the A-1 Skyraider.It's the first all-weather attack aircraft of the US Navy.The aircraft were called as the A2F before 1962 and got the new name,the A-6 Intruder,in service.The outstanding all-weather capability soon made the A-6 the main strike force of the Navy and Marines,and devoted into the Vietnam War.
The A-6E is the last production type of the Intruder family.They were developed for the strike missions. A new AN/APQ-148 radar replaced the old version one and the DIANE system were replaced by the lastest computer system.In the late 1970s, the new navigation system called CAINS were equipped,the CAINS A-6E can be distinguished by the extra air scoop on top of the fuselage near the vertical stabilizer.
Starting in 1979, all of the A-6E Intruders were armed with the AN/ASS-33 detection and ranging set, which is a part of the TRAM system.They were located inside a small turret under the radome. The A-6E TRAM participated in most of the military actions of the Navy in last century.All of the Intruders were replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 1997.
- Engraved panel lines, well-appointed side-by-side cockpit, laminated instrument panel, DIANE radar package with optional open radome, optional extended ventral avionics bay, fully rendered Pratt & Whitney engines with separate access panels, intake trunks, detailed undercarriage and wheel bays, pivoting arresting hook, hinged rudder, optional position slats and flaps, choice of extended or folded wings, inner wing fold detail, optional deployed RAT generator and speed brakes, refueling probe, segmented canopy, optional white metal landing gear struts, vinyl tires and photo-etch parts (turbine fans, seat belts, seat fittings, boarding step details, radome hinge cover).
Decals and color markings for (2) aircraft:
- USN VA-196 Main Battery 500/NK BuNo 159579
- USMC VMA(AW)-522 Hawks 411/ED BuNo 161111