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  1. Magic Factory is to release a 1/48th Douglas A-4M Skyhawk kit - ref. 5002 Sources: https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/2090005/ https://twitter.com/HobbylandOsaka/status/1707652780444541185/photo/2 Design model V.P.
  2. Hi all! One aspect of modern warfare I find fascinating is Electronic Warfare. Now I don't have the first clue how any of it works but I do know you'll have to train people to conduct and counter EW. And that's where this specialised Skyhawk comes in! Four TA-4Fs were converted to EA-4Fs and fitted with electronic equipment for fleet training. These were operated by VAQ-33 'Firebirds', who would simulate electronic threats during fleet training. The kit will be Hasegawa's TA-4J in 1/48, with Caracal decals for the VAQ-33 Skyhawk. There's a handful of photos of these Skyhawks floating around, including on of this specific EA-4F at NAS Norfolk in 1975, courtesy of AirHistory.net. Big fan of Hasegawa and the A-4 is one of my favourite aircraft so this should be a fun build. Thanks for looking in!
  3. Started another Airfix small kit 1/72 A-4B or Q Trial build shows that the fitting of fuselage is not bad. Only option part is the resin ejection seat. Applied a mixture of german grey + Gaia 072 on cockpit area, GSI c156 on the inner wall / structure of air intake and nose wheel well, Modo MX-02 on the inner surface of exhaust, and Modo T-024 on the fans. The resin seat has been filed to fit the height of the cockpit and not exceeding the height of the wall behind the seat. Will have to test fit with the canopy in close position after fuselage combined. For time being, applied german grey as back color and Gaia 072 as highlight. Applied decals on cockpit. Installed both air intake before fuselage combined, and installed the exhaust and air intake inner structure on to the left side of fuselage. Control stick is hand brush with grey, black and white. Installed it into position and ensure it will not block the ejection seat installation in future. Installed some weight (about 5-6g) inside the nose as this kit sure will sit on its tail otherwise. The main landing gear wells have some details while the nose gear well is relatively "empty", added some 0.2mm wire inside. It is time to close the fuselage and the drop tank. Putty and sanding time. Adding the rest of wings and fuselage parts to make it look like a A-4 Overall the seams are manageable. The wings are almost perfectly fitted without filler, however, there is a gap in front of and after cockpit, and another one in front of nose gear well and around the gun holders on both wing roots. Applied some green stuff putty and clean the excessive putty with cotton stick with water. Wait for next steps.
  4. Hi guys! Long time no see. I think my last post here was in late 2022/early 2023. Here's my most recent completion, Hasegawa's A-4E PT21 as the FAA Douglas A-4C C-322. Colours used were Revell Aqua 371 Satin Light Grey, 66 Olive Grey, 15 Matt Yellow and 76 Light Grey. Decals came from an Aerocalcas sheet. These decals are thin and prone to sticking (you can see the IV Air Brigade decal on the right side crooked because of that).
  5. Hi all and latest finish for me, Fujimi's A-4F Skyhawk in 'Fake Mig' scheme from US Navy Fighter Weapons School. Build out of box, the only extras are tape for belts. Tamiya and Mr Hobby paints, kit decals, Flory Models Wash; Windsor & Newton Satin Varnish. Now that I look at it again, I've forgotten to add the arrestor hook! Some other goofs but happy how it's turned out. Thanks for looking! Dermot Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_3 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_6 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_7 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_8 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr The Aggressor collection is growing! Fujimi_A-4F_Skyhawk_Aggressor_9 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr
  6. Blackbird Models is to release 1/32nd Douglas A-4B & A-4C Skyhawk conversion sets for the Trumpeter kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid033AwVdJQKcj2Sv4eGG5MuR8kq5WgYcHD4gHM3FvreajTvZAicZBH2ZdZSu7Ssjuigl&id=100046220576815 parts V.P.
  7. 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.
  8. Hi all, here's the latest addition to my Desert Storm collection: - Hasegawa A-4M kit - Eduard etched parts, wheels, bombs and seat - QuickBoost FOD covers, IFR probe and gun barrels - ResKit TER - custom made masks and decals Regards from the Czech Rep. Andrew
  9. Hello everyone, After some time off the bench, I come back with a new model. Well, two, but I'll be making a separate thread for the second one. It's a new 3d printed model from Kosmosur 3d, the A-4P Skyhawk in 1:48. Markings will come from the Aerocalcas decal sheet 48011, which comes with options for A-4P C-214 and 236. I'l be building 214 in Malvinas/Falklands markings, with yellow bands. Here you can see both airframes assembled.
  10. Hi all. Better late than never as I've only just looked at the GB calendar and saw this one was on the go. A quick check with one of the mods and I'm racing. I built the first boxing of this kit by Fujimi when I was at uni and I recently found that built model stuffed in the back of a wardrobe at mum and dad's place a few months ago. I did take a picture of that old model sans a few items that I'll have to post up at some stage. The obligatory kit and extras shot. I'll be I'm I'm doing the green and grey H&MS-32 Bandits jet. The green/grey rolls onto the exposed slat well so no red on this one...perhaps the speed brake well??? A few etch items (and a mask). I'm on leave for another week so should be able to get a fair chunk of this done. Today has been all about getting the etch onto the kits parts. Lots of the parts are overlays on the kit plastic with the only replacements being part of the kit seats and the IP's. The kit seat modified before etch on the left and the original kit part on the right. Once painted up they'll also get harness straps and ejection initiator handles. Etch parts added to the driver and backseat drivers offices. The IP's are the usual sandwich affair with the instrument layer at the bottom and then the colour overlay on top and the side consoles will get some attention in the way of coloured etch too. The cockpit side walls got the etch treatment as did the footwells in each cockpit tub. I've tried some Ultra Glue on these parts as it allows some additional working time and produces a good bond. Enough etched parts for now. The ECM? fairing on top of the tail is completely missing from the right side and I don't mean short shot. It looks like the insert used for that part was removed or forgotten when it was molded. It's frustrating but easily fixed with some plastic card that I'll shape. No short shot here. Fixed with sone plastic card. A small amount of putty will be needed but nothing major That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by I should have some more tomorrow. Cheers from a warm and sultry Brisbane though evening rain has just arrived to cool the place as I type this...phew. Mick
  11. Hello fellow modellers, Finished finally my 'Blues' Scooter from the US Navy aerial demonstration team, the Blue Angels. I used the Hasegawa kit No. 07221. Paints: It was pretty difficult to find or mix the right Blues Blue color, therefore I mixed 50% Tamiya Blue X-4 and 50% Tamiya Royal Blue X-3. Gloss varnish layer from Humbrol Subtle panel line wash Midnight Blue from 502 Abteilung Aftermarket: A-4F Interior set from Eduard No. 49273 1/48 A-4E wheels early from Eduard No. 648213 1/48 Decals: A-4F Skyhawk Blue Angels 1974-86 Seasons from Yellowhammer Models No. YHD48-19 1/48 Masks: A-4E/F Eduard No. EX023 1/48 Enjoy the reveal pics! Cheers, Jos.
  12. 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 .
  13. Source: https://www.facebook.com/JETMADS2016/posts/pfbid02EsFZDAqgLmZd2MBJUTx1KW33JW71YgRNA5AMMzBRpqptU3qL3APQki4CxsWtKZQol V.P.
  14. 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.
  15. This is the new Airfix kit in 1/72. It represents Skyhawk 3A305 as she would have looked the morning of May 21st 1982. This morning saw the first large scale attacks of shipping in San Carlos, or Bomb Alley as it would be know. 3a Escuadrilla launched 6 Skyhawks in two strike groups, each carrying 4 Mk 82 fin retarded bombs. '305 was flown by TN Lecour that morning as wingman in the second element strike. Approaching San Carlos, both sections found and attacked HMS Ardent. The first elements strike hit the ship with at least 1 bomb, but it failed to explode, they were then intercepted by Sea Harriers and shot down, losing all 3 aircraft and 1 pilot KIA. TN Rotolo leading the second element arrived 15 minutes later and flying through a hail of light flak dropped their bombs on Ardent. One of '305's bombs penetrated the stern and exploded under the fuel tanks, fatally crippling the ship. TN Lecour would fly several more missions along with Skyhawk 305, both surviving the conflict. Pros. - Readily available for a reasonable price - Nice fit of parts - Nice decal sheet - Engraved panel lines (although these are deep which may not be to everyone's liking). Cons. - Very soft plastic with large sprue attach points and flash on smaller parts - No MER included for which you need if arming up the Argentine aircraft - Incorrect weapons included for Falklands War A-4Q and not enough of them - Incorrect shape of antenna behind cockpit for A-4Q (not changed on mine) - No windscreen wiper or VOR antenna included (not included on mine) - Colour of Argentine blue on the tail flash is too light (tail flash masked and painted on mine using Humbrol 109 blue) That said, it's not a bad kit, just you need some extras if you want to get the A-4Q right. It seems that Airfix were either a little bit lazy with the details of the Argentine aircraft, or more likely the inclusion of the markings was an afterthought, leading to the mistakes listed. In any case you do get 2 Expal 250lb bombs and a Mk 17 1000lber, that you can use with your other 1/72 Argentine aircraft.
  16. 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.
  17. Hobby 2000 is to rebox the Fujimi 1/72nd Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk kit in IDF/AF service - ref. 72052 Source: https://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95825&start=13185#p2473385 V.P.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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:
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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