A-10C Blacksnakes

This is the 1/48 Scale A-10C "Blacksnakes" Plastic Model Kit by Italeri. Suitable for Ages 14 & Up.

Italeri A-10C Blacksnakes Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #552725
 Italeri # ita552725
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Features :
  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey and clear.
  • Detailed cockpit with instrument panel.
  • Detailed landing gear.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.
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"Tamiya A-10C"
normsracingart (Westbrook, ME)
this is one of my favorite jets and Tamiya make it even better!!!

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey and clear.
  • Detailed cockpit with instrument panel.
  • Detailed landing gear.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Length: 13.3" (338mm)


One plastic model

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Assembly
  • Modeling Knife (EXL16001) (XACX3627) (EXL16018)
  • Plastic cement (TES3501) (PLS00002) (TAM87012) or glue (HLC107)
  • Sprue Cutter (XUR410A) (EXL55594)
  • Paint (FS36622 Flat Gull Gray, FS37038 Flat Black, FS36270 Flat Medium Gray, FS15200 Glsos Light Blue, FS11302 Gloss Red, FS37200 Flat Gunmetal, FS17178 Metal Gloss Silver, FS34092 Flat Euro I Dark Green, FS33538 Flat Insignia Yellow, FS30219 Flat Dark Tan, FS34084 Flat Olive Drab US Army, FS17875 Gloss White, FS36375 Flat Light Ghost Gray, FS35320 Flat Dark Ghost Gray)
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"1/48 Italeri A-10C Blacksnakes"
Christopher A. Wing (Fresno, CA)
This Italeri A-10C has a good balance between level of detail and ease of construction. I do not know much about the recently released 1/48 Academy A-10C kit, but I think, despite the inaccurate nose shape, it is a vast improvement over the Revell and Tamiya kits of the identical aircraft. I even prefer this kit over the 1/48 Hobbyboss versions, as I feel their kits are overly engineered. For my build of this aircraft model, I feel I went a bit overboard on the aftermarket parts. Here's a list of these items: 1. Eduard 4884 A-10C 1/48 exterior PE for Italeri kit. 2. Eduard FE1026 A-10C 1/48 Zoom interior PE for Italeri kit. 3. Eduard FE1027 A-10C 1/48 Zoom seatbelts for Italeri kit 4. Eduard EX477 A-10C 1/48 Die-Cut Flexible Canopy Mask set. 5. Master 1:48 A-10 Thunderbolt II GAU Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tub detail set. 6. Quickboost QB 48 173 A-10A Thunderbolt II Correct 1/48 Resin Fan Blades Set. I also installed a sniper targeting pod that was taken from an Academy 1/48 F-15C kit. The kit parts have recessed panel lines and good rivet detail. There are enough ordinance to load up every weapon pod on the aircraft. I used an airbrush to initially primer the model in acrylic flat black, followed by the correct light ghost gray and dark ghost gray camouflage colors. I then gave the exterior surfaces a coat of Future Floor Wax prior to fixing the decals. The decision to go for the Fort Wayne, Indianna version with the blacksnake nose art was a no brainer. Finally the kit was given a protective coat of matte clear enamel Rust-oleum from a spray can before weathering and panel washing. The kit is recommended for intermediate to advanced builders with some airbrushing skills. The kit and ordinance will take considerable time to paint and decal. Application of stencil decals is tedious. However, with time and patience an accurate replica of this intimidating aircraft can be built.

"Excellent kit of the awesome A-10C"
davezz4 (Schaumburg, IL)
This is an excellent kit of the A-10C from Italeri. They did an excellent job on the fit of this kit. The level of detail is very good. Instructions are good. There is a few things I would like to note. The instructs call out 30g of weight in the nose area to offset the tail. 30g is right near the balance point. I used 40g in mine and it sits very stable. The two front antennas are shown too far back on the instructions and the snake head decal won't line up correctly. My advice is to either place these on after the snake head decals or to measure the placement of the hole in the decal so the antenna can be placed correctly. (if you are building the blacksnakes version). The large dark oval that goes on the bottom requires very careful placement. It is in 3 sections and with the curves/angles of the fuselage takes a while to get aligned. The decals themselves are very good and there are lots of small detail decals including all the weapons and avionics bay if you build it with the door open. Overall a very enjoyable kit to build. I would recommend this kit. It makes a nice addition to any collection


  • One decal sheet with markings for 3 versions
  • 1) 163rd FS "Blacksnakes", Indiana ANG, Fort Wayne AB, Indiana, U.S.A., 2012
  • 2) 190th FS "Skillbangers", Idaho ANG, Gowen Field AB, Idaho, U.S.A., 2012
  • 3) 107th FS "Red Devils", Michigan ANG, Sulfridge AB, Michigan, U.S.A., 2012


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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