The A-6E was an all-weather, two seat, subsonic, carrier-based attack aircraft. It was equipped with a microminiaturized digital computer, a solid state weapons release system, and a single, integrated track and search radar. The target recognition/attack multi-sensor (TRAM) version of the A-6E was introduced to the fleet in 1979. It was equipped with a chin turret containing a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system and a laser designator and receiver.
The 19 December 1996 launch of an A-6E Intruder from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) marked the last Intruder squadron to fly from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The Intruder Attack Squadron 75 of Carrier Air Wing 7, known as the Sunday Punchers, was decommissioned in early 1997.
INTRUDER’S FINAL FAREWELL : “505, INTRUDER BALL , HOOK DOWN, 6.0, FAGS (Fighter/Attack GuyS) HAVE GOT THE CON”
Tamiya’s rebox of the Italeri of the A-6E Intruder kit was surprisingly good. So good that I threw my old Hasegawa kit out the window and jump straight into building this and complete it in one week flat. I must admit I have reservations about Italeri kits before but that was fault on my part since I have never built one before. But after seeing this kit (take a look at the cockpit and you will know) I know I would be building more.
Basically built out-of-the-box but with the ejection seat (Verlinden) replaced. But this was just because I happened to have one. This is one of the most enjoyable quick built I have, enjoy the pictures!