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zebra

BAE Systems A-4N Skyhawk target tug

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Here's my just finished 1/48 Hasegawa A-4N finished as N432FS, used by BAE Systems Flight Systems on a target towing contract for the Luftwaffe. Build thread is here.

 

The kit is the A-4KU boxing, the extended tailpipe is from Quickboost, and I also used a Quickboost seat and an Eduard zoom set in the cockpit. Decals are from Two Bobs.

 

Nobody seems to produce the RM30 target towing equipment so I scratch built mine. I found some of the manufacturer's promotional material online, which helpfully included a scale drawing, although I had to estimate the dimensions of the target. The body of the RM30 started life as a drop tank from an Eduard 1/48 MiG-21, and the front end is part of a JT3D engine from a Minicraft 1/144 DC-8. The target started out as one of the missiles in the Eduard MiG-21 and the side pylon was one of the MiG-21's pylons. Never tried scratch building like this before, really enjoyed it - I'll be doing it again.

 

thanks for looking

Julian

 

1/48 A-4N Skyhawk

 

1/48 A-4N Skyhawk

 

1/48 A-4N Skyhawk

 

1/48 A-4N Skyhawk

 

1/48 A-4N Skyhawk

 

 

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Very nice build, i am also one the people who saw these flying at Wittmund..

They didn’t have these target equipment fitted on every flight as they also simulated ship attacks..

Again great build and a very good effort on the target device, simply love it!

 

cheers, Jan

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Looks good. While looking at Flightradar 24 recently I saw a Skyhawk flitting around over Germany. Maybe that very one. 

 

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Very nice indeed Julien,..... I remember seeing the real aircraft in Malta while still wearing Israeli camouflage!!!

 

Cheers

          Tony 

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That’s great!

 

Been planning to do one of these but was stumped by the target towing equipment. Just found those drawings so might have a go!

 

Cheers

Glen

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You have definately scored a bullseye on the skyhawk target tug.Why don't you make some resin copies of the RM30,I will buy one!

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10 hours ago, noelh said:

Looks good. While looking at Flightradar 24 recently I saw a Skyhawk flitting around over Germany. Maybe that very one. 

 

Nope not possible that it was this one as BAE systems lost the contract to a Canadian firm called Discovery Air flying the Scooter as well!

 

cheers Jan

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Excellent build of a wonderful aeroplane. Glad you will be doing more scratch building, it opens up so many possibilities and is very rewarding for both the builder and us when we see the superb end results.

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Hello Zebra,

Stunning model in this "civy" livery.

I like it a lot.

Regards, Orion / The Netherlands

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Very nice Julian.  Your attention to detail and overall effort has paid handsome rewards!!!!!

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Man, that is some stone-cold model making skills.  Well done.  

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4 hours ago, Ad-4N said:

Man, that is some stone-cold model making skills.  Well done.  

Thanks!

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