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  1. One of the lesser known stories that happened 40 years ago during Malvinas/Falklands war, was the attempt from Argentina of replacing the lost A-4Qs from the Armada with retired stock A-4Es from the Israeli Air Force. The deal was to obtain 16 A-4Es with a cash purchase of 90 million dollars. The purchase happened, but the weapons embargo from the US to Argentina made impossible for Israel to ship the aircraft. Those 90 million dollars weren't lost though, since they were used, after the war, to modernise the S-2 Tracker to Turbotracker standard (at least that's what I was told earlier today). The kit is the Hobbycraft Douglas A-4E Skyhawk in Israeli markings, which won't be used. Instead, I'll be using a Condor Decals set for six A-4Q aircraft. My idea is to dress the plane up in the light grey/white colour scheme of the A-4Qs in Armada service. Loadout for the aircraft will be the two fuel tanks, and plenty of bombs on the central and outermost pylons. Here's the box and the decals: And, to prove I'm not lying about the story above, here's a colour photo of one A-4E with the low visibility scheme applied after the war. You can see the extended exhaust nozzle on both aircraft. My build plan is to start when I have my Winter Holidays. Which are three months away. Though I could try to begin building the aircraft sooner. We'll see.
  2. Calcas del Sur has released two new sets for the Airfix 1:72 and Hasegawa/Hobbycraft 1:48 A-Bs. The company has decided to release individual sheets for the A-4B/Qs 3-A-302/5/6/7/14. The sheets don't need to be trimmed next to the decal, so they should work like the regular decals. You can contact Juan on the Calcas del Sur's Facebook page via Messenger. Here's the decal sheet's artwork. Set in 1:72 Set in 1:48.
  3. Hi all, Seeing the popularity of the A-4 Skyhawk in many GB's and in actual service around the World I'm surprised to find that there hasn't been a STGB for the type. So how about we rectify that? Having seen action in some of the biggest conflicts of the Cold War such as Vietnam, the Arab Israeli conflict, the Falklands and the 1991 Gulf War there is no shortage options to build a grubby bomb toting A-4 armed to the teeth and ready to move some mud somewhere. The aircraft has been operated around the World in a variety of interesting colour schemes and continues in use to this day, predominantly in an aggressor role, which brings me very nicely on to the US Navy and Marine adversaries used at Top Gun and other training facilities and you don't get more colourful than some of their examples. There are also nice kits available in all the major scales and a nice variety of aftermarket decals and other goodies for those that feel they need to have as much resin and etch brass as plastic in their builds, you know who you are . So what do you say? Fancy joining me (and hopefully 24 others!) and building a Scooter or two? 1. Me (obviously) 2. Valkyrie 3. Helios16v 4. Jabba 5. Romeo Alpha Yankee 6. Stevehnz 7. Corsairfoxfouruncle 8. Foxbat 9. Franky Boy 10. CliffB 11. Polybebber 12. Rabbit Leader 13. Arniec 14. Trickyrich 15. Madcat911 16. Zebra 17. TempestMK5 18. Hockeyboy76 19. Marlin 20. Almac 21. Exdraken 22. Col 23. Boman 24. Jens 25. Srkirad 26. Andwil 27. Gingerbob 28. MarkSH 29. stevej60 30. reini 31. Marcin Kaminski 32. klr 33. depressed lemur 34. PinkThorn242 35. Bbdave 36. alt-92 37. Marklo 38. Dermo245 39. John Masters 40. rafalbert 41. Peter W 42. Scooby 43.abat 44. jb65rams 45. RJ-Wobbly-Hands 46. jean 47. planecrazee 48.
  4. Modeling the Scooter – Aces High Magazine (AK2939) In The Spotlight #2 AK Interactive The A-4 Skyhawk was developed by Douglas as a replacement to the highly successful Skyraider, bypassing the original intended replacement, the turbo-prop powered Skyshark, which was mired in development issues related to the reliability of the gearbox. The Skyhawk was designed with simplicity in mind, which it achieved by wrapping a small airframe around a powerful jet engine, going on to serve with many countries and in many theatres, including Vietnam, use by the Argentinians in the Falklands, and extensive service with the Israeli Air Force. The Book This book by Daniel Zamarbide is part of the Aces High magazine line from AK Interactive, and covers the history and modelling the A-4 in many forms, scales and operators. It is perfect bound in A4(ish) portrait format, with 110 pages of glossy colour printing within. The front inside cover is emblazoned with an advert for AK’s new 3rd Generation Acrylics range, some sets from which we’ve been reviewing over the last few weeks, with a few more sets still to come. The book starts with an introduction, a colourful visual guide to the layout of the book, which includes builds of three very different models of the Skyhawk, interspersed with photos and discussion of the real thing, including what the various models got up to during service. The book is broken down in detail as follows: Introduction Index Colour Profiles Skyhawks in Scale Kits, Decals, Aftermarket, Books, Simulators, Games and memorabilia. Skyhawk History A-4C Little Hawk at War – A-4C Fuerza Aérea Argentina A build of the 1:32 kit from Trumpeter -E kit with a conversion Skyhawk History A-4E Little Hawk at War – A-4E US Navy A build of the 1:32 -E kit from Trumpeter Skyhawk History A-4N Little Hawk at War – A-4N Israeli Air Force A build of the A-4M with conversion from WolfPack A-4Q Summary Build of the 1:48 Hasegawa kit A-4E Marines Summary Build of the 1:32 Hasegawa kit As you can see, the 1:32 Trumpeter kits are the only ones covered in detail in this volume, although there are two different base kits and some interesting conversions, but it would have been nice to see some work in other scales in the main chapters of the book. That said, the quality of work is exceptional, and as with all techniques, they translate well to most other scales if you’re a 1:72 or 1:48 modeller with Skyhawks on your mind. Each build is preceded by an extensive section describing the aircraft with plenty of photographs of the airframe in question, most of them contemporary, providing plenty of additional information to start your build with. The modelling sections have a different coloured outer edges to allow fast flipping to the relevant one when necessary, which should save a few seconds each time, all being well. There’s a lot of historic information included in the preambles, and we can all learn a little no matter how much we think we know. The builds have a uniformity of scale, but other than that they are substantially different from each other, and with the addition of a couple of customised pilots for two of them, there are some serious skills on show throughout the pages. Products from various aftermarket companies are used, including our friends at VideoAviation who supply the bomb load for one of the builds, and as you’d imagine, there’s a heap of AK Interactive products on display, including their Real Color, 3G Acrylics, washes, varnishes and others products, although there are some other brands on show too for a bit of diversity. Conclusion The book supplies plenty of information that can be used and adapted to your own modelling skillset to a greater or lesser extent as you see fit. There’s a fair amount of information within the pages too, and of course the visuals are professional, with crisply focused and well-composed photos that illustrate the techniques in use. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. This is a placeholder for the ESCi kit of the A-4G variant produced for the Royal Australian Navy. I bought this in the late 1990s ago for the princely sum of 3 Irish Pounds. The supplied stores are 6 x Mk 82 500lb "slicks" + MER (for the centreline pylon), 2 x drop tanks and 2 x rocket pods. This is probably standard for most of the ESCI A-4 kits, except the "Aggressor" & "Blue Angels", which have no stores as I recall. I'm not sure if this load-out was carried by the A-4G, but I do know it was used in the ground attack role. It was also used in the air defence role with up to 4 Sidewinders, which is an interesting possibility.
  6. Sorry for being late to the party, but Affairs of State, took precedents over.... the Affairs of State😜. Todays entry for your edification and amusement, I'm going to try, (operative word try) to take this old Monogram A-4E, strip down and restore to an A-4C configuration. I built this originally wayy back better than 20 years ago,. Rattle can and hairy stick thick coatings all over. If I remember rightly I got more paint and glue on me than the model. THis was the original Box art And as always any comments , suggestions, or ideas are always welcome. Lets begin shall we?
  7. How to build an accurate 1/72 IDF A-4 Skyhawk these days? The Esci, Matchbox and Frog kits are gone since many years ago. And even the Fujimi and Hasegawa kits are selldom seen. Can something be done with the Italeri and Airfix kits? Cheers / André
  8. Scooters have been a bit of a theme for me over the last few months and this is what I've been building over Xmas - two more Skyhawks to add to my collection: Douglas A-4M Skyhawk II VMAT-102 “Skyhawks” - USMC Aviation, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, 1980s. Italeri 1/72 with markings from Hasegawa and spares box. This kit came without any markings, but provided an excellent excuse to use the very colourful spare set from my Hasegawa A-4E build from October (the kit-supplied ones would have been very "grey" in any event!!!!. Douglas OA-4M Skyhawk H&MS-12 “Outlaws” USMC Aviation, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, 1988. Italeri 1/72 OOB. I struggled with the blended grey on this one - brush painting doesn't always work! Interesting to see how much the double canopy changes the look of the Skyhawk. and finally - here is the full set as it currently stands. there are at least 3 more in the stash, so watch this space!!!
  9. This month's fascination has been a pair of Vietnam-era A-4 Skyhawks. First up was a Hasegawa A-4F from USS HANCOCK, then an Airfix A-4B from USS INTREPID. The Hasegawa kit I've built several times before in different markings, but the Airfix kit is new and I was pleasantly impressed (just as well as I have a few more in the stash!). As always, the kits were brush painted using Humbrol enamels (127 & 130), then a Klear coat for decal application, then an oily wash, finished by a coat of Windsor & Newton acrylic matt. A-4F VA-15 Warhorses - 1973 - USS HANCOCK Yankee Station A-4B VA-15 Valions - 1967 - USS INTREPID - Dixie Station .. and finally, my Skyhawk fleet to date! FredT
  10. Here is another Airfix 1/72 A-4B Skyhawk finished as an aircraft from VMA-225 `Vagabonds'. The information came from Naval Fighters No.50 A-4A/B Skyhawk in USMC/USMCR/USNR service. The decals were made and printed by myself and the only other addition was the 150 gal fuel tanks which were from Freightdog Models. Robert
  11. Douglas A-4B Skyhawk - Airfix 1/72 (03029) This is my first Airfix kit ever. Nice fit, good decals. OOB with some small corrections. Vallejo acrylics.
  12. Hi there, As the title say, are there any aftermarket decals for RNZAF Skyhawks out there, covering all the aircraft's career? I've got a Novascale sheet, but this cover only the A-4G early in their RNZAF service. IIRC, there was also Gekko Graphics, but I don't know if they're still around? Any idea, or others optionss?
  13. After the F-16D, I did a few models, but hadn't the energy to take some pictures and post them. This is the second model I completed in 2017, also started in 2017. The main colors are from Hataka, for me they worked better than Vallejo in the airbrush. It seemed it didn't dry out that fast as Vallejo, even dilluted. I used HTK-A048 – Light Gull Grey (ANA 620) and HTK-A049 – Insignia White (ANA 511). Other colors came from Vallejo and AMMO of Mig. After completing ths bird I managed to knock of the inflight refueling probe twice, that's why it is pointing down a bit. Next time I would paint the red on the intakes, these were the only decals I had a struggle with. The weapons come form Eduard, panels lines were done with oil paint. When the weather improves I'll update this post whit some outdoor photos. Thanks for looking. Jan Remco
  14. Here’s one of my older builds, the Monogram 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk, that I converted to an -F. I think the Monogram Skyhawk is is second only to the Hasegawa A-4′s, and is probably the best A-4 for the money. The biggest drawbacks are a very basic cockpit with the seat molded as part of the cockpit tub, and a too-wide forward fuselage, which makes the canopy and windscreen too flat and squashed-looking. My model was Monogram’s ‘high-tech’ boxing of the Skyhawk, which came with a small fret of photo-etched parts to help dress things up some. I replaced the windscreen with a vacu-formed replacement, and cut away the integrally molded seat and added a True Details ESCAPAC replacement seat. The kit’s photo-etched parts provided canopy locks, catapult bridle hooks, pitot probe, and an AOA indicator (which I have since lost!). The AGM-12B Bullpup guided missiles came from the HobbyBoss FJ-4B Fury kit, which replaced some less-accurate examples I had scrounged from an old Monogram F-100 kit. I added an in-flight refuleing probe light to the right intake, and tried to make it more resemble -F configuration by adding a UHF antenna to the upper spine and nosewheel steering mechanisim from a Hasegawa A-4 kit. The -F version also had wing spoilers and armor plate around the cockpit, but I didn’t try to recreate those. The markings came from a long out-of-production sheet from Third Group Decals, which depict an A-4F from VA-144 ‘Roadrunners’, deployed aboard USS Bonne Homme Richard in 1969.
  15. Last night I spent a good four hours in front of my spray booth. The victim was another of my adversary Skyhawks. This adversary Scooter is supposed to end up as TA-4F BuNo 156491 in these colours: http://a4skyhawk.org...Munzenmaier.jpg Decals are from Afterburner Decals, and the paint is FS16375, FS16251 and FS35237 (all from Xtracolor). SOP, i.e. pre-shading followed by all three colours free-hand. The last two colours acted perfectly so I don't have to touch up the demarcation lines. Jens
  16. Hello guys! here I am to present my last work... an A-4 KU (AF-1) of the Brazilian Navy. The kit is the beautiful Hasegawa in the 1/48 scale. I used Eduard zoom photoetched set for the cockpit, Verlinden ejection seat and FCM decals. Hope you enjoy my Skyhawk! Cheers. Valerio frome Rome, Italy.
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