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  1. The decision has been made. This is going to be my entry 1/48 scale but still small enough to fit in my ever diminishing space. I have no idea on how this will go together having not experienced Hobby Boss kits before, but it looks fairly doable in 24 hours. Selected scheme will be As these always look clean in photos so weathering is going to be minimal. Start date will be tomorrow afternoon after the last family leaves and I get my bench back.
  2. About 6 weeks left and I reckon it's not too late for another entry - or two in this case. A pair of Hasegawa 1/48 Skyhawks. First up is an A-4C. This will be a Naval Air Test Center aircraft, using Two Bobs decals: The NATC used Skyhawks to test ordnance at China Lake in the 60s and 70s so it needs something to test. I found a photo online of the aircraft in question carrying an orange and black Walleye guided bomb, so I'll be using a Daco resin Walleye. Other aftermarket will be a Quickboost seat and Hypersonic corrected nose undercarriage door. The seco
  3. Hi all, here is the third installment of 'pictures edited in lock down', this time from the amazing National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola which I was lucky enough to visit during November 2018. Sadly the tour of the storage area wasn't available that day as the volunteer who drives the buggy was unwell, which meand I'll just have to go again I took loads of shots which are all here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65364952@N06/albums/72157703428076121/page1 SabreLiner by tony_inkster, on Flickr B-25 Mitchell by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  4. Greetings everyone ! This will be a fast project ! The Hasegawa kit is an old one with no detail . Fitting is acceptable . I decided to paint the model with a cute green camo that i found on the internet . I don't know if it's historically valid but i don't care much . This is my progress so far . Hope you like it ! IMG_20200412_123651 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20200412_123641 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20200412_123631 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20200413_193236 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20200413_19
  5. HobbyBoss is to release in late February 2019 a 1/72nd Douglas A-4E Skyhawk kit - ref. 87254 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=129&l=en It'll be the first of a 1/72nd Skyhawk family. - ref. 87254 - Douglas A-4E Skyhawk - ref. 87255 - Douglas A-4F Skyhawk - ref. 87256 - Douglas A-4M Skyhawk V.P.
  6. Phase Hangar Resin Accessories is to release a serie of sets for the 1/48th Hasegawa Scooters. Among others are parts to convert the Hasegawa TA-4J into 1/48th Douglas OA-4M and TA-4KU Skyhawk! Sources: https://www.facebook.com/PhaseHangarResinAccessories/posts/10156828722443802 https://www.facebook.com/PhaseHangarResinAccessories/photos/a.10151770899413802/10156825579588802/ V.P.
  7. The A-4H was developed specially for Israel, it was A-4E which featured improved avionics and the improved thrust J52-P-8A engine. Armament consisted of twin DEFA 30 mm cannons. Later modifications included the avionics hump and an extended tailpipe, implemented in Israel by IAI. Pics thanks to Dov.
  8. Douglas A-4F Skyhawk, an improved A-4E. Pics thx to Dov.
  9. Got this from a longtime friend, model builder, and former college classmate. Some classic USN props/jets, including S2F's, A-4's, F-4's, F8U's, A-5's, and SH2 Seasprites. I noticed none of the A-4's, F8U's, or A-5's had red-edged landing gear doors, but slat coves, flaps, and speedbrakes did appear to have red applied. I hope you enjoy this British Pathe video! Mike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl-aUcOWFME
  10. A-4E Skyhawk Update sets & masks 1:48 Eduard for Trumpeter Kit Eduard now bring us an update set, seatbelts, Airbrakes and a set of masks for the new Trumpeter A-4E Update Set (49871) Inside there are two frets, one coloured and one not. The coloured parts are mainly for the cockpit including a new instrument panel, sides panels, and various levers. A new floor is provided along sides for the ejection seat, also new HUD parts are provided. For the airframe new parts are provided for the gear doors, and gear bays as well as the jet exhaus
  11. A-4C Bu No.147715 at the Fort Worth Aviation museum. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  12. Today (May 13th) is official Top Gun day! Don't believe me? Take a look here: http://www.topgunday.com/ As I browsed the hobby shop looking for a new model, it occurred to me that now would be an excellent time to build an F-14, something I've wanted to do for a while. Nearby I spotted Airfix's A-4 Skyhawk and realised that with some extra decals (currently en-route), and decided to put together a trio of aircraft. The thought for now is to pose them "in flight", lined up to represent the conclusion of this scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC976fuQm4E Not m
  13. Finished on the last day of the year. Venerable ESCI kit, still holding itself I used Mr. Paint lacquer colors. Alclad Aqua Gloss varnish Decals came from an old microscale sheet (72-114) and worked still well (puhh..) Wheels from Aires Target from Hasegawa Weapons Kit nr. IV Happy new year! Ben
  14. Thanks Luis. Condor Decals Is to release a 1/32nd Douglas A-4Q Skyhawk conversion and decals set for Argentina Navy birds - ref. 32059 Source: http://www.condordecals.com.ar/condordecals/home.php V.P.
  15. Next Kinetic's 1/48th kit project will be, after the F-18 Hornet, another (USN?) classic naval fighter. All bets are off - Douglas A-4 Skyhawk? - LTV A-7 Corsair? - Vought F-8 Crusader? - Lockheed S-3 Viking? etc. or a Grumman F-14 Tomcat... I would prefer a Grumman F11F Tiger, a North American FJ-3 Fury, or a McDonnell F2H-3/4 Banshee. Not a fighter but also in my 1/48th wishlist is the North American AJ-1/-2 Savage... Source: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=287539&view=findpost&p=2808958 V.P.
  16. A few pics from a quick visit at Wittmund air base on last week. The Discovery Air A-4N Skyhawk are acting as target towing a/c for the seven Austrian Luftstreitkräfte Eurofighters currently deployed on Air Practice Camp in Lower Saxony. . V.P. With all my thanks to Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 Richthofen - Stab S1 InFü/Pr/ÖA
  17. Hi all, A few baby jets for those out there who love them ... TA-4F Atlanta NAS, Georgia - October 1980 TA-4J Meridian NAS, Mississippi - October 1980 A-4F? - Memphis NAS, Tennessee - May 1982 TA-4F? - Memphis NAS, Tennessee - May 1982 Martin
  18. Hello everyone, this is another model I did since my last WIP. I used pretty much the same paints as in the Kfir but I didn't follow the paint scheme exactly. I simplified it for the sake of enjoyability. Once again, I used Mr Color lacquer paint which are the best for brush painting in all aspects. It's like rediscovering the hobby, really. I did use, though, enamels for the cockpit, the landing gears and the small stuff in general because it has its advantages. This is actually the second time I make a SkyHawk, the first time being when I was a kid. Interestingly, it was the jet
  19. Hi, I had an online £5 voucher (with no minimum spend) for Argos a few weeks ago, looking through their kits found a few offers on their starter sets. The A-4 was down to £6.88 with free delivery, so one brand new A-4 kit was delivered to my door for £1.88!! (Is there a prize for the most inexpensive build? ) I had intended to build it OOB representing BuNo 142833 (kit markings) as exhibited in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, but looking at a few photos I will need to do a little bit of work to match it. I'll have to drop the flaps for starters and there is a brace/collar
  20. Good evening! Impulse purchase from a local store - found the A-4B Skyhawk starter set by Airfix in 1/72 for a fiver and couldn't resist. I know there are quite a few on here but thought I'd share my attempt. Added a resin ejector seat, scratch built the area behind the seat and replaced the basic cannons with resin examples. I had to shave a considerable amount off the bottom of the ejector seat to get the item to fit correctly in the pit and had to make my own pull handle after the item arrived slightly damaged. Building was a breeze except for concealing the join on the top of the fuselag
  21. Hi All, I present to you my first completed model since taking up the hobby 3 or 4 months ago. It is a 1/48 Hasegawa A-4E Skyhawk. Mr hobby paints were used as well as some ammo and mig weather products. I stole a pilot from a phantom kit and used the eduard seat belts to strap him in. I set him up so he is giving a wave. Annoyingly a piece of clear sprue fell over during the painting process and was lost forever as well as a nice yellow decal with the name of the pilot on it Apart from that I am pretty happy with it. All comments good and bad are welcome.
  22. Good morning, it's time now to present some better photos of my Scooter, which was part of the Vietnam GB finished end of last year. Not much to add from the WIP, it's a nice kit with some minor problem areas (like the fuselage joints). Decal sheet was missing the AJ on the fin,which I airbrushed using a mask I cut out of a tape. Weapons are from the hasegawa weapon set, the tank is from the kit. It was the first time I used a photocube, some people think the photos were initially too brownish, so I adjusted them online. Next photos will be better, I hope! Thanks for attention
  23. Along with the A-4M posted last night I have also finished this Kiwi A-4K Skyhawk. It's the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E/F converted to an A-4K. The changes are all minor, and they are well described on the Gekko Graphics decal instructions. I used Xtracolor enamels for the SEA scheme and Gekko decals to finish it off. I armed it according to the Gekko instructions using a couple of LAU-10 fra the Hasegawa weapons set. Jens
  24. A bit late, but with a small kit, even I should manage to finish on time. I chose the Fujimi A-4, it's a small kit, and I always liked the scooter. Small, but powerful ( a bit like me! ). I will use decals from Super Scale International, which has a nice A-4E from the VA-152, based on the Shangri-La. The starting picture: the first colour, some grey for the cockpit. Anyone knows what colour the bangseat was? I've seen both grey and black... And a close up. After some airbrushed grey, I brushed the black and some white and yellow buttons. it will do, as the cockpit opening is tiny...
  25. After the One-O-Four (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965275-148-lockheed-f-104g-starfighter-by-eduard-hasegawa-rebox-released/), Eduard is to rebox in the same way (with their usual add-ons) the 1/48th Hasegawa's Douglas A-4 Skyhawk kit. Source: http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2015/info-eduard-2015-01EN.pdf V.P.
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