A-10A Plane Operation Iraqi Freedom

Assemble an A-10A "Operation Iraqi Freedom" with this 1:72 Scale Plastic Model Kit from Academy. Suitable for Ages 10 & Older.

Academy A-10A Plane Operation Iraqi Freedom Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12402
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:72
  • Fuselage: 9" (229mm)
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (248mm)
  • Academy Product Number: 12402
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Spotlight Review

"It Ain't Pretty!"
Jimmy D.
The A-10 Warthog isn't pretty, but it's arguably the best ground attack plane ever. It was literally designed around its massive 30 mm rotary canon and can carry an armament load that is jaw dropping to say the least! Add to that, in can loiter over the enemy for a long, long time while it rains down brutal destruction that would seem almost biblical in scope. I chose to model Capt. (now Colonel) Kim Campbell's A-10A that she flew over Baghdad when she earned the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross for her incredible piloting skills and bravery under fire. Academy did a great job on this kit and detail, scale fidelity, and recessed panel lines are top notch. Pay particular attention to the cockpit assembly when you are ready to mate it to the fuselage halves. First, be sure to add as much ballast weight as you can fit in the areas noted so as to avoid this plane being a tail sitter. Second, be sure to have the necessary clamps, rubber bands and/or tape you'll need to hold it all together at the ready. I practiced this procedure a couple of times before I committed to glue and was glad I did. I had to use a little putty at the forward third of the wing roots and on the sides of the engine housings. Academy supplies an impressive array of bombs and rockets in this kit and I spent a little extra time detailing them. Included are (12) Mk82 bombs, (2) Mk84s, (2) GBU-10 smart bombs, and (6) Maverick missiles. The only thing I would try to improve in this kit are the decals. I used them as is but had to finesse them to get a satisfactory outcome. The adhesive seemed a bit light and I ended up using a little diluted white glue in a few places to get them to stick. The shark mouth decals required some strategic cuts to get them to lay flat. I also had to apply Micro-Sol a number of times to get them to settle to an acceptable degree. The shark mouth also ended up with a missing tooth in the front. It might have been due to a slight misalignment on my part, but I ended up hand painting a new tooth in that area and it turned out okay. All in all, this was a fun kit to build and I'm thrilled to have it in my display case.

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  • Accurately reproduced static display model with fully engraved panel lines and rivet details.
  • Detailed cockpit interior and clear canopy.
  • Detailed landing gear.
  • Realistically molded external loads.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated assembly guide.


  • Scale: 1:72
  • Fuselage: 9" (229mm)
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (248mm)
  • Academy Product Number: 12402


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"Great Model of A-10; Academy never ceases to impress"
This is a great model from Academy, and as always, it never ceases to impress. The model has great fitting, like all the other Academy models I have done, with only slight mis-fitting of the engine onto the fuselage, but it eventually fit. The weapons lack significant detail, but adding your own is pretty easy, especially with the missiles, which have distinct molded linework, if you so wish to add extra details. Paint goes on very nicely, enamel or acrylic. Detail in the cockpit is very nice, and it is unfortunate that it does not come with a pilot figure, and the machine gun in the nose seems a bit short. The decal placement on the instructions is a bit misleading, as some of the decals appear smaller on the instructions, but in general, they go where they need to go and are easy to put on, and move. The tail section is heavier, which makes the plane's nose point up, as the weight of the tail and engines pulls the tail down, but makes for a cool takeoff look. It doesn't come with the option of landing gear up, or cockpit open, but it came through nicely. Does take some time, especially with landing gear and weapon installations. In general, it is a very awesome looking A-10, with the weapons system and option of the classic A-10 look with the shark mouth. It is a very nice model in general in all fields, and may possibly be the best model I've ever done in 1:72 scale. Definitely worth the price, and paints aren't hard to find.

"Little Hog"
kajoe55 (Oklahoma)
For such a small scale academy has produced a very nice kit. The fit overall is excellent as is the final results. Some warnings. Check your alignment when putting the cockpit on the nose wheel well because if its not right you will have major issues. I also agree that the decals are a bit finicky so take your time and bring some patience. All of the bombs and mavericks have sink marks so be prepared to fill them as do some of the landing gear doors. This kit is very similar to the Hasegawa kit and looks good when completed. Have fun.

"Challenging build, superb exterior detail, bunches of ordinance with defects"
james.white (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Some of the other reviewers have pointed out things to watch out for on this kit, including the nose weight, tricky fuselage fit, and need for bunches of weight in the nose. Like another reviewer, I chose wheels-up configuration, and that was a big chore, but I was very happy with the outcome. I'll post in my pictures how I approached the nose weight and the gear doors. But my biggest beef and time-adder was, by far, the punch-out holes on every single bomb and maverick missile. I spent many hours filling and sanding these. I was extremely pleased with the exterior detail on this kit, but I wish Academy would do a little more on the cockpit and include a pilot. I also wish they had included weapons decals as they do in many of their other kits. I had to dredge up third party (Scale-Master and Hasegawa) weapons decals. I also chose to go off-spec and do the experimental peanut color scheme with (again) after-market Warthog SuperScale 72-645 decals. This kit turned out to be one of my favorite results, but Academy did not make it easy, which is probably why it is bargain-priced.


  • One Waterslide Decal Sheet with Markings for 2 Aircraft Versions
  • 1: Capt. Kim Campbell, 75th FS/23rd Wg, Iraq 2003.
  • 2: 81st FS, Germany.
  • Airframe and Detail Paint Colors: -Flat Black, Dark Gull Gray FS36231, White, Clear Red, Gunmetal, Olive Drab, Light Ghost Gray FS36375, Dark Ghost Gray FS36320, Gunship Gray FS36320.

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