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  1. Inspired by an A-4F Skyhawk 'What If' profile by Damian, I thought to myself, why don't I try something similar but base my profile on a scheme that could be easily modeled with easy to get hold of decals too! So what I've come up with is an A-4F Skyhawk in RAF colours of Dark Green and Dark Sea Grey in a wrap around pattern using markings from a Lightning F.6 of 74 Squadron based in RAF Tengah in Singapore in 1970. We all know the scheme of a silver Lightning with a black fin. I'm not going to bother with a backstory for it. It is, as they say, what it is! Cheers Richard.
  2. I always liked the simple and almost "dainty" A4 and the early 'no hump' versions really show off 1950's design. Take that tiny aircraft on it's spindly legs and throw on enormous fuel tanks and you have a bit of a contrast. I also like the 1960's USN bright colours although this scheme is quite understated. It is the Airfix kit out of the box except for tape seat harnesses and a wire ejection handle. Tamiya laquer paints, kit decals.
  3. Hi all ! Thanks very much for my acceptance in this group build . As discussed with modelling minion , I'll start posting my WIP today but I actually started my build a few months ago. So , don't think I'm a fast builder since I'm a very slow builder indeed . The model : As usual for most of our kits , let's start with the bang seat . My A-4F his equipped with an Escapac IC-3 ( black in this case ) and I will represent it with it's security on ( pilots call it the headknocker !!!! ) in other words with it's headknocker out ! Details of the seat : The headknocker : Since I'm a DIY adept and , that I'm quite found of some scratch building , I started from the Hasegawa seat . Some more details of the top part of the seat with the security stuff hidden behind the head knocker . That's all for tonight !!! Thank's for passing by . See you soon for the next step .
  4. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Thank you craig @modelling minion for coming up with the idea and kindly hosting My offering will be no doubt a popular kit here; the hasegawa 1/48 (wearing it’s M-guise in my case.) I have an aires resin office to play with, i’ve never tried a resin cockpit before so that’s something to get stuck into. Then I have these devil dog scooter decals on their way. I’m going for a low-viz M scheme. (not sure which one yet... decisions decisions...) To load up on weaponry (scooters look great loaded I think) I spent ages over the past weeks trawling ebay for hasegawa aircraft weapons sets (the kit only comes with the pontoon fuel tanks), and I then decided that eduards own mk.82’s / ter’s / mer’s / mk.81’s would be better and similar priced. But I ended up buying a second kit (hobbyboss) getting the whole kit for less money and that kit has enough weapons for two builds. SO I’ll be doing two! (Irrespective of the fact that I’m struggling to fulfill other gb commitments) The E from hobby boss will also wear a low-viz E scheme from the previous mentioned decal sheet. So I think this will be a really fun one. I love STGB’s And.... As if I hadn’t blown enough money, I got this book to help me out and it’s really good including some builds from other modellers in the rear section also. Good luck everybody!
  5. Hi folks, Thought I'd best get my contribution to this GB set up in readiness for making a start at the weekend when the firing pistol goes. My kit of choice from the stash (mainly because it's the only Scooter I have), is the 1/72 Airfix A-4B offering. However, as you can see from the obligatory box art shot - mine also has a friend in the form of a MiG-17 to keep them company: I bought this set after spotting it in the Chester Model Centre (back in the good old days before Covid-19 and you could still visit places). I had been wanting the new MiG-17 after it was released and also had the Skyhawk on my very long Wishlist so this was a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone. So here's the sprue shots to whet the appetite further: This will be a pretty much OOB build for me - however, just to really add detail and interest into the cockpit I decided to get this: It's the lovely little resin seat from QuickBoost with plenty of detail which is perfect when you can see straight through the cockpit glazing so hopefully the detail won't go to waste. In readiness for the build, I also purchased these two items: I really enjoyed using the AK Real colours on my Airfix Wellington build (which is almost finished - hopefully update my WIP soon), so thought I'd continue down that vein with these paints for the Skyhawk. We'll see how I get on. So I think that's it - looking forward to getting cracking with the build at the weekend which will keep me busy alongside my StuG III in the Panzer III STGB which is progressing nicely. So good luck to all with your builds and look forward to seeing how everyone gets on - especially when I can see there's quite a few of us building this kit Best wishes Kris
  6. Hello guys, I'd like to know if someone could provide me with a sprue map/photo of the sprues of the 1977, 5406 kit, Monogram model. I'm looking to build an A-4E without the hump and with the smooth fairing. I've checked everywhere, but I haven't been able to locate a page with the sprue map. TIA!
  7. Decided to revisit the first Argentinian aircraft I built (2018). Originally, the slat bays were painted in RLM 02 because I didn't have red. Photo of the real aircraft. You can also see that the inner portion of the flaps were painted in camouflage colour:
  8. Hello! It's my new kit. In assembly it was easy. As additional I used few additional sets. Reskit wheels set, , Eduard F.O.D. Eduard bombs and TER , Aires ejection seat. I made a navigation light from red clear plastic. And made imitation of hoses on gear and in wheels bays. Paintibg-MR. Color Weathering- oil dots washes and pigments.
  9. Hello guys, It's been a while since I posted anything. Today I bring you this A-4AR Fightinghawk of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina. It wears the scheme of the 100 years of the FAA.
  10. Such is my collection if kits "in progress", I went back and forth (and every other direction) deciding what to finish. First up, the Airfix Skyhawk. While this kit is built from the starter pack, early releases of that included the "full" decal sheet, with markings for the Argentine Air Force, as well as the USN: So here was the kit as I left it a couple of years ago. Why did I leave it be? Who knows? Only the arrestor hook needs to be attached, and that because I need to finish painting it first. So, after a rush of painting, and some decals: ... and more painting (including the canopy framing) and decals: Note that this is mostly just a first coat of paint. I probably won't apply a full second coat, but will do extensive touching up. I'll leave the drop tanks for now, as they are easy to hold onto while detail painting with a (hopefully) steady hand. Note the different hue of Hu 65 light blue under the nose, compared to what I applied from an older tin a few years ago. In fact, all three main colours are "different" to what I had originally been using. Since this photo was taken, the "40" serial on the nose-wheel bay door has been applied, as has the yellow band on the Mk 117 bomb. As time allows, I hope to make a lot of progress over the next few days.
  11. Hello there! Next on the list of the Falklands/Malvinas serie I picked an Italeri SkyhawkA-4E and decided to adventure myself on a conversion to a A-4 "C"... using some spare parts from the Hasegawa kit (mainly the cone shape). Also it was the first time I intended to replicate a piece with POXIPOL, a plastic cement very popular in South America, in this case for the dorsal radome (different shapes between the naval "Q" and the FAA "B" and "C"). I saw a technique on the web using silycone as a mould, and POXIPOL as main element. It worked! I used the decals that come with the Hasegawa kit... still waiting for the Aztec decals I ordered in August... COVID has certainly change delivery schedules! About the armament, I know that the A-4 "Charlies" used one english MK-17 1,000 lb (484 kgs) bomb early in the South Atlantic conflict on the central pylon, later using 3 spanish BRP. 250 kg EXPAL bombs. I decided to use one MK-17 and two Mk.82 under the wings, as they are very similar to the spaniard bombs. So, enough talking, let the photos show you my tribute to this loyal and legendary "scooter" jet. Next one will be the Harrier GR.3 by Kinetic. Cheers from Chile! Cris
  12. Hi to all! Here is my latest finished job and this is first time posting my job on this forum. So, model is Airfix A-4B Skyhawk, 1/72 scale and in Argentina colors. It's wonderful Airfix kit and it's pleasure to working on it... Take a look.... Thanks!
  13. Dogfight Doubles MiG-17F 'Fresco' & Douglas A-4B Skyhawk (A50185) 1:72 Airfix It is good to see the return of "Dog fight Doubles" most of us have built them before and we will have a memory of them. This time Airfix have combined their newer tool A-4 and MiG-17 in a Vietnam themed box, As well as the two kits they include paints and glue to aid the construction, and one of their black triangular stands to display the two models in flight / a dog fight if the modeller wishes. MiG-17F 'Fresco' Although outwardly similar to the MiG-15, the MiG-17 was in fact a heavily revised design that drew upon the lessons learned in the development of the USSR's first swept-wing fighter. While the forward fuselage, landing gear and engine were carried across from the MiG-15, the rear fuselage was longer and more tapered. The wing was entirely new as well, being both thinner and more sharply swept. This both raised the maximum speed of the aircraft and aided controllability at transonic speeds. Although it shared its armament with its predecessor, it also gained a radar gun sight, cribbed from a captured F-86. The MiG-17F was fitted with an afterburner, which significantly boosted the rate of climb and meant supersonic speed was just about possible in a shallow dive. The MiG-17 was built in huge numbers, with over 10,000 rolling off Soviet, Chinese and Polish production lines. It was used in combat by several nations, most notably in the Vietnam War where it was credited with 28 aerial victories. The MiG-17 hasn't been all that well represented by manufacturers of plastic kits over the years. Efforts from the likes of Hasegawa, KP and Dragon all have their problems and are all showing their age, while the otherwise rather good AZ Model kit is limited run and by all accounts the moulds are starting to show their age. Enter Airfix with an all-new tooling. Inside the box are three frames of grey parts, a small frame of clear parts, instructions and decals. The parts are nicely moulded but the panel lines are on the heavy side, which is always more noticeable on a small kit like this. From reading Airfix's workbench blog it's clear that this is a Lidar-scanned model, so the dimensions and general arrangement of shapes should be spot on. Despite this, there has been some debate about the accuracy of the kit on this and other forums. I have found our own KRK4m's analysis very helpful in that he confirmed the kit is very accurate in scale and general outline, but has an issue in terms of the leading edge of the wing (easy fix) and the aerofoil cross section (not an easy fix). Of course the stark reality is that these issues won't concern most modellers, so with that in mind, let's have a look at what is in the box. Construction starts with the cockpit, and like most kits of the MiG-15 or -17, the cockpit tub is made up of parts that also form the inner part of the intake fairing. Moulded detail is actually very nice. Not on a part with Eduard's MiG-15, but then the two models are not really comparable in terms of engineering and philosophy. Decals are provided to add extra detail to the instrument panel and sidewalls. I'm not sure what happened to the ejection seat, but Airfix appear to have carried this across from the MiG-15 rather than replicating the seat commonly fitted to the MiG-17. Should this trouble you greatly, aftermarket alternatives are available. Once the cockpit sub-assembly is complete, the engine exhaust and afterburner can be assembled. Because the external faces of the jet exhaust also double up as the insides of the air brake assembly, there are alternative parts with and without moulded detail for this area - a really nice touch from Airfix. Once both of these parts are assembled, the fuselage can be joined. A clear part which represents the radio compass cover must also be fitted at this stage. Once the fuselage halves have been joined, the front-lower part of the fuselage, which includes the muzzle detail for the cannons, can be fitted, along with the engine air intake fairing. The wings are next. If you wish to fit the optional drop tanks, you will need to drill the pre-marked holes in the lower wing surface at this stage. The wings are pretty simple to build, with the wing fences moulded in place. The kink in the wing leading edge is present and correct, but you may wish to re-profile the leading edge if the apparent lack of sharpness troubles you. Personally I can easily live with this on an aircraft so small. With the wings in place, the tail planes can be assembled. The landing gear is nicely detailed and there are some nice touches such as detail moulded on the inside of the gear doors. As mentioned above, the air brakes can be fitted in open or closed positions, although you'll need to have committed to one option or the other earlier in the build process. The canopy is nicely made and has the periscope moulded in place. There is even an oil drum included to prevent the model from sitting on its tail if you didn't manage to cram in the necessary 20 grams of weight. Douglas A-4B Skyhawk The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a carrier capable ground attack aircraft developed for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. It is a delta winged single engine aircraft. It was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company originally under the A4D designation, latter changed to A-4. The A-4 was designed by Ed Heinemann to a 1952 US Navy specification for a carrier based attack aircraft capable of carrying heavy loads. For this an aircraft was to have a maximum weight of 30,000Lbs, and be capable of speeds up to 495 mph. Initially the Douglas design with a specified weight of only 20000 Lbs greeted with scepticism. Ed Heinemann had in fact designed a very small aircraft. This was to be roughly half the weight of its contemporaries. In fact the wings were so short they did not need to fold for stowage below decks. Having a non-folding wing eliminated the heavy wing folds seen in other aircraft, one reason for a low overall weight. The prototype also exceed the maximum speed the US Navy had specified. In fact not long after the aircraft would set a new world record of 695 mph for circuit flying, bettering the specification by 200 mph. The A-4A was the initial production aircraft with 166 being built. The A-4B was ordered with additional improvements over the initial design. These were to be; Stronger rudder construction, a pressure fuelling system incorporating a probe for in-flight refuelling, external fuel tanks, stronger landing gear, additional navigation equipment, an improved ordnance delivery system, and an external buddy refuelling package. A total of 542 A-4Bs were to be made with fleet deliveries beginning in 1957 only a year after the first A-4B flight was made. US Navy A-4Bs were later supplied to Argentina using the A-4Q designation for aircraft destined for the Navy; and A-4P for those destined for the Air Force. In total over 3000 A-4s were produced by Douglas later becoming McDonnell Douglas. The A-4 went on to fight with the US Navy in the Vietnam war, with the Israeli Air Force in the Yom Kippur War, with the Argentinean Air Force in the Falkland’s War, and the Kuwaiti Air Force in the Gulf War. Skyhawks were used by, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Malaysia, and Singapore. Last use by the US Navy was in the aggressor role made famous by the Top Gun Film. Some are still in service today with some of the private contractors who have sprung up in recent years to supply services to various countries. The Kit The kit is a re-release of Airfix's new tool kit from 2012. The moulding are good as is the detail, although a bit of flash is creeping in. Construction starts in the cockpit. The seat is built up and added to the tub then the rear bulkhead can be added. A pilot figure is supplied if needed however its a bit generic. The control column and instrument panel are added in, the instruments being provided as decal. Next up the engine intake, and exhaust are made up and put to one side. The intakes are then added to each fuselage side. Once this is done the main intake, cockpit and exhaust are added i, and the fuselage can be closed up. The main wing which is a single lower section with left/right uppers is then made up and added to the fuselage, as are the tailplanes. Next up the main undercarriage units and their doors are added to the wing, this is followed by the nose gear. All of the gear doors can be fitted closed if an in flight model is required. The prominent leading edge slats are then added along with the rear air-brakes. These can be open or closed as the modeller wants. At the rear the arrestor hook and final exhaust ring are added. To finish off the refuelling probe is added to the nose as well as the cannon barrels into the wing roots. A spine antenna is added for the Argentinean aircraft. Fuel tanks are provided for the wings and the centre line pylons. Two slick and two snakeye US 500lb bombs are supplied as it what looks to be a basic British 1000Lb which was used by the Argentinians. Decals The small decal sheet is from Cartograf so should post no issues. Two main decal options are provided; 2132 - VA-93 "Blue Blazers" Det Q, USS Benningtom (CVS-20) Sea Of Japan 1964 2014 - 921st Reg, Vietnam People;s Air Force. Mid 1960s Conclusion The A-4 is a great kit of an important US Navy aircraft, it should build with no issues. Although the MiG kit isn't perfect, it is still just about the best MiG-17 available in the scale. It's a shame that the kit has some niggling issues, but it should not detract from the build. Its good to see the re-release of the "Dog Fight Double" Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. For some strange and inexplicable moment I obviously don't think that I have enough on my plate already so here goes with build number three in the GB. Following hot on the heels of my Skyraider comes another Monogram classic in the form of the A-4 Skyhawk, this has been boxed in a variety of slightly different forms over the years and can basically be built as either an A-4E or F out of the box, my boxing is for a Blue Angels F; Fresh from a certain internet auction site the very blue plastic came still sealed in it's original plastic bag; Upon opening the bag, and getting past the blue colour, the raised detail is actually very good and restrained; And some of my Skyhawk references that I shall be using for my build; And that brings us on to the subject of markings to be used for the build, I am lucky enough to have one of the excellent decal sheets by Victory products which covers various US Navy A-4's from the Vietnam War; There are a couple of options missing, one used for an earlier build (Jim Stockdale's A-4E) and one donated to a fellow BM'er for a build but I am still left with some nice options. I am leaning heavily towards the aircraft flown by Michael Estocin on his Medal Of Honor winning mission on which he unfortunately lost his life; The decal sheet shows it without the dorsal hump but some profiles I have seen show the hump fitted, unless anyone knows better I will go with the decal sheet variety with no hump. I am also tempted by another option on the sheet; I am quite drawn to the tartan bands, not something you see on aircraft very often. So there you have it, build number 3 and my last one for the GB. As per usual any comments and criticisms and help will be gratefully received. Craig.
  15. Morning folk's after a couple of years now building mostly golden oldie's I thought it time to get out the airbrush and embark on a series of build's with more modern offering's covering my favourite US Navy aircraft in the classic Gray/White period of their service.First up is Airfix's Skyhawk a cracking little kit it is too,I broke up the upper surface gray a little with a few passes of the airbrush in a lighter then ran a dark gray wash into the panel's,this first one a practice piece for what's to follow which will be the Panther,Cougar,Fury,Prowler and Intruder and hopefully Tiger.As always many thanks for looking in.
  16. A-4B/Q Undercarriage Set (for Airfix Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The new tool a few years back now from Airfix was very welcome, it gives you a sense of how good the kit is that there is not much aftermarket for kit out there. This set even though it says Undercarriage set is really the undercarriage bays. You get both main gear bays and the nose bay; as well as all the gear aby door. Given the layout of the airfix kit some major surgery will be required to use all these. All the parts are very well cast. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Hi All Here is my Malaysian Skyhawk that didn't make it in the Frontline Asia 80's GB . This is one of many that missed in recent GBs . The rest may also appear here . Boot recei.ved . As always comments are welcome . More soon Martin H
  18. Hello, Here's my just finished 1/72 Fujimi A-4E Skyhawk. I used Armycast decals (very nice!) to do it as an ex-US Navy A-4E with 110 Squadron in 1973, before it got the extended tailpipe and DEFA guns. I added some M117's from Brassin on the MER on the centreline, the LAU-10's on the wings are from the kit. The green, brown and grey are Humbrol, the sand color is ModelMaster. Thanks for looking, I hope you like it.
  19. 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_193217 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr IMG_20200413_193245 by Dionyssis Vacalas, on Flickr
  20. 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.
  21. Here`s new model for my "Falklands War collection" - 1/72 A-4Q Skyhawk of Argentine Naval Aviation, code 3-A-305 (ex-US Navy A4D-2 serial 144929), Rio Grande air base, Falklands War, May 1982. Built of Airfix` kit A03029, which seems to be a quite nice kit, but requires a lot of work because of terrible and stupid errors (worst of them is bad nose angle). I think that old Fujimi from 1980`s is still much better than Airfix from 2012. I`ve used PE parts from Eduard, resin fuel tanks from Brengun, resin ejection seat from Pavla and decals from Condor Decals and DP Casper. Some scratch building was required (like Argentine antennas, guns etc.). Four Mk. 82 Snakeye bombs and MER are from Hasegawa`s 35001 set. You can see whole proccess of building here (in Polish): https://www.pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=851&t=87504
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Last week I managed to finish this Hasegawa TA-4F Skyhawk in adversary markings. It is one of several adversary Skyhawks I have built, and I started it more than five years ago. It was a straight forward build but it just got sidetracked by lots of other models. I sprayed it freehand with Xtracolor enamels and used Fightertown decals for the markings. This is the company she will be joining: Jens
  25. Douglas A-4F Skyhawk, an improved A-4E. Pics thx to Dov.
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