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  1. 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 exhaust and rear chaff launchers. New parts are provided for the inside of the canopy and the fillers on the fuel tanks. If the modeller only wants the coloured cockpit etch then this is available as a zoom set. Full Set ZOOM Seat Belts (FE872) This contains a full set of seatbelts for the kits ejection seats It also contains ejection seat handles. All in the newer Eduard flixible steel, in full colour. Airbrakes (48939) This contains a full set of replacement speed brakes and interior well parts for the kit. Masks (EX569) Eduard provide two sets of masks. These are for the canopy and the wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  2. A-4C Bu No.147715 at the Fort Worth Aviation museum. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  3. 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 much progress yet, but I wanted to prove that I started it on Top Gun day. The Skyhawks will need a bit of cosmetic work to turn them into "E" models, but they were the only type I could find in the shop, and close enough. I've built that kit once before and very much enjoyed it. F-14 Contents A-4 Contents. This should be fun!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Homebee

    Northern Skyhawks

    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
  8. RidgeRunner

    Scooters! .... More added

    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
  9. Air Hockey Propellers

    1/72 OA-4M SkyHawk by Fujimi

    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 I played with the most. I practiced a lot of take offs and landings with it. I decided just before applying the decals to have the air-brakes closed which meant snapping them of and giving it a go with the putty, which I'm not very good at. For what I've seen so far, Fujimi offers a lot of details and parts but the precision is lacking in comparison to Hasegawa. I hope you like!
  10. 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 on the front undercarriage to I'll have to make as well. More things will probably come to light as I find more photos if it online. I've been working mostly in 1/144 & 1/200 since getting back into the hobby so going back up to 1/72 for this feels like I'm in "The land of the giants"! Couple of pics to start off, the kit (which I haven't even unbagged yet) and what it should hopefully turn out like.
  11. 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 fuselage which took lots of filler, sanding and re-scribing panel lines and even now still i can see a little bit of the join. I've not matched the grey very well this time with my Tamiya blends and also wished I had put down a layer of white under the red as it's too dark. I am going to go back and touch some area's up after looking at the pictures and matt coat the ejector seat and bomb. I normally finish my models in matt varnish but left this one glossy as most of the pictures I could find show the plane to have a shiny finish. Anyway - here's the pics and thanks for looking!
  12. 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.
  13. 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, and for running the GB! Alex
  14. 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
  15. 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... btw: that's a picture of the original: http://geta-o.jp/USMIL/A/A-4/A-4E/A-4E-1/A-4e%28aj500%29150001-sd5.jpg Alex
  16. Douglas A-4B/A-4P Skyhawk Airfix 1:72 The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a carrier capable ground attack aircraft developed for the US Navy and US Narine 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 495mph. 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 695mph for circuit flying, bettering the specification by 200mph. 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 are still in service today with Argentina, Brazil, Israel, and Singapore. Last use by the US Navy was in the aggressor role made famous by the Top Gun Film. This is a welcome new tool A-4B from Airfix in 1:72 scale. The kit comes in the now standard Airfix red box with box art from Adam Tooby of an aircraft landing on a carrier deck. The Kit The kit comes on three sprues of the now familiar Airfix light grey plastic. With every new release the quality of Airfix's tooling seems to get better and better. On the whole sprue gates are reduced on the smaller more delicate parts, however on the larger parts they still seem to be larger than other contemporary companies. On the review sample one of the slats appears slightly distorted and the wheel hubs seem to be strangely slightly off centre with the main part of the wheel. Hopefully the slat will not be too difficult to re-shape once its removed from the sprue. Overall the panel lines on this kit seem much more restrained than other some other releases. Maybe as this kit was designed from the outset as a 1/72 scale kit and not scaled down from 1.48? For the cockpit a basic tub is included with built in rudder peddles, all instruments on the side panels and instrument panel are provided as decals which should work well in this scale. A basic but nicely moulded seat is supplied along with a fairly generic pilot. If not using the pilot then only belts will be required as the seat had separate cushions. Intake and exhaust details appear well thought out. The intake is full depth up to the engine fan, and is moulded in one part so there is no seam to clean up. The exhaust is full length as well, however this is the standard two part split down the middle. It also has some awkward injector marks which will need cleaning up. Due to the small size of this seam removal will be difficult at best. The wings are the standard one part lower wing with 2 part upper wing. The characteristic oval inspection panels on the top wing are well represented with fine engraved panel lines. In addition on the top of the wing the vortices generators have been excellently reproduced in this scale The modeller is able to build the kit with the landing gear up or down as required. Instructions are given as to drilling the correct holes to mount on the new style Airfix stand (not supplied). The modeller is also able to position the Skyhawk’s airbrakes in the open or closed position as desired. Although there is no guide on the decal sheet as to where the US Navy decals will need to be cut to get the right portions on the open air brake. Its good to see A full set of fuel tanks is available if you wish to configure your aircraft this way. Also pleasing is a selection of US bombs for the USN aircraft and a centre line British bomb for the Argentinean aircraft. The clear parts are provided in an individual bag which is great so they don't rattle around with the other parts. The canopy is split into two parts; front screen and main canopy. They can thus be posed open or closed as desired. The parts look well moulded with no flaws and very clear. Sprue gates seem to have been kept to a minimum which always helps with clear parts. Decals The decal sheet is fairly small as neither the US Navy or Argentinean aircraft carried masses of markings. Even though it does not mention it, I would say that these have been produced in Italy by cartograf as this seems the norm for Airfix these days. The decals are in register and have an absolute minimum of carrier film. From my recent experience of these “new” Airfix decals they need no decal solvents if applying them over a nice glossy surface. Though I would recommend using something on the wing decal for the USN aircraft where the national insignia goes over the vortices generators. Decals are provided for; USN A-4B 142833, VA-95 Green Lizards, USS Intrepid 1966, and Argentinean A-4P, Grupo 5 de Caza, Rio Gallegos April 1982 (Falklands war). Stencil details are provided separately for each version. A nice touch for the USN aircraft is that the black anti glare panel is provided as a decal for those of us who hate to mask these things. Instructions are the by now standard Airfix A-4 size. Some of the steps seem a bit small to be and could have done with the pictures being larger, more so for younger modellers, they seem a bit crowded. What is good from Airfix is that they still include full colour painting / decaling instruction for each option. Colour call outs are in Humbrol numbers. Overall conclusions: This is great new tool kit from Airfix of a kit modellers have been asking for. I would encourage modellers to get this if they want a good A-4 in 1:72 scale. The more support Airfix get for new kits then hopefully the more they will bring us. Review sample courtesy of
  17. 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.
  18. Hello all, I'd like to present a bit of a 'side' project for the next month or so. Any 'Top Gun' fans out there may have an idea of what the title means, but to wet your appetite: Dogfight I plan to make a scene similar to the video above with a mighty F-14 chasing down a diminutive A-4. The kits: VF-124 decals for the F-14: References: I don't have any references for the A-4 bar the internet. Both will be mainly OOB except for the addition of the decals and a Master brass pitot tube for the F-14. I'll load both of them with ACMI pods from Hasegawa weapons set D. I have a wooden base and I plan to drill holes for brass tube to display both the jets at 'dogfighting angles' Dave
  19. Good afternoon people from a wonderfully sunny Norfolk, Ok. I'm very slow at building kits, and hence this never got finished for the scooter group builds.... The lesson there is I probably shouldn't get involved in them, which is a shame because it's great fun getting involved with everyone on similar builds. When I get a bit quicker.... Anyway, the story so far can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234946329-172-airfix-a-4b-skyhawk/#entry1400745 Now things have moved on a bit. I've missed a few steps, but here we go: and some bits and pieces: Basically, the painting process was preshade (with black), Tamiya matt white on the bottom, destroy preshading as it was too strong, post shade with Tamiya Buff, re-paint with white, paint the top side with Xtracrylix required shade of ghost grey. It was glossed up, decalled (Airfix decals are truly excellent, especially compared to the Tamyia ones I've been using), glossed, washed with Flory's Grime, glossed, oil streaks, Alclad Matt Kote. That's where I'm up to. I'm thinking of adding some streaks with weathering wash as Phil did on his Phantom build on Flory models, but will see.... Thank you for looking Val
  20. A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat with safety belts 1:72 Quickboost by Aires A decent ejection Seat can help tremendously with the look of many models. No doubt thanks to the new tool kits which have emerged Quickboost have brought us a very well moulded A-4 Seat in 1.72 scale. This is the ESCAPAC seat designed by Douglas. The seat comes as one part complete with molded in seat belts (for those of us who lothe PE!. A very small seat firing handle and a very fine top of the seat firing handle are also on the casting block, though I struggle to see how the last part will be removed without breaking it, its that fine! While for the A-4 with a little bit of work this could be used for many of the aircraft which were fitted with this seat. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  21. Oldmodels Decals has released the following decals in Digital format: 1/144 Viscounts – all four NAC schemes and SkyBus 1/48 Raytheon B200 Super King air – RNZAF 1/32 T/A-4K Skyhawk – RNZAF – SEA, Euro1 and Final schemes. All subjects are a re-work of existing inkjet decals (still available) except the B200 which is a new scale for the Red Wings kit. When releasing the first tranche I forgot to mention the A4 last scheme and Macchi decals have been upgraded by the addition of the white formation strips. These are the first batch of tranche 2, others in the tranche which includes some A320, B737, ATR72, F27, C130H, P-3B, B757 and all my Vampire schemes will be issued progressively over the next two weeks as time permits. I have also updated my website to give updated information about the Digital Decals (see page About Digital Decals) and a new page Digital or Inkjet? to aid decision making about which to buy – it is definitely a horses for courses trade-off like everything else in today’s world. Of interest to some may be the statement that the colours and white are solid – even on gloss black – I have tested this. The decal ink also contains a UV protection built into it – no need to hide your model in dark corners to prevent decal fade from sunlight. These are available from my website, www.oldmodelsdecals.com and within New Zealand through TradeMe. John Oldmodels Decals
  22. Built for the A-4 group build. Scratch built flaps, nose gear collar, bridle hooks, aileron inhibiting plates, Landing light (with white cover), tail light, RBF tag and windscreen wiper. Other than that OOB. Build thread
  23. Enjoy A-4 Skyhawks by tony_inkster, on Flickr IMG_9651_done by tony_inkster, on Flickr Constellation by tony_inkster, on Flickr IMG_9648_done by tony_inkster, on Flickr P-2 Neptune by tony_inkster, on Flickr IMG_9646_done by tony_inkster, on Flickr A-4 Skyhawks by tony_inkster, on Flickr A-4 Skyhawks by tony_inkster, on Flickr A-4 Skyhawks by tony_inkster, on Flickr A-4 Skyhawks by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  24. Seahawk

    A-4 Skyhawk tailplane query

    I'm building the Airfix A-4 Skyhawk and am a bit confused by the horizontal tail. The Skyhawk clearly had conventional elevators and yet there's also a spacer plate on the fuselage that seems to create a gap between the horizontal tail and the fuselage. Did the Skyhawk have both conventional elevators and an all-moving tail? Basically, should I fill in the gap between the horizontal tail and the fuselage or not?
  25. Here’s my attempt at Hasegawa’s A-4C Skyhawk. It’s the best-detailed 1:48 Skyhawk available now, though quite expensive and hard to find now. It’s an out of the box build, except for the True Details ESCAPAC aftermarket seat I added. I used kit decals to finish it the markings of VA-15 Valions deployed aboard USS Forrestal, on their 1969 Mediterranean cruise. For weapons, I wanted something different, so took a bit of artistic license and an educated guess and loaded it with a B43 nuclear weapon on the centerline pylon.