Navy Bird Posted Wednesday at 12:47 AM Share Posted Wednesday at 12:47 AM My first build for 2023 (gawd, is it really 2023 already? I am so old...). This is the recent (albeit over a decade ago) "new tool" kit from Airfix of the Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk. OK, it's now called the A-4B, but I like those old USN designations. Much more informative than the USAF scheme that the politicians required so they wouldn't get embarrassed again. This is a nice little kit, but I felt the panel lines were a bit too deep and wide for my liking, and there were a couple of mistakes that I tried to clean up. The biggest was the curvature of the underside of the nose - not sure I made much of a difference but I tried. I'll take my participation trophy now. Other than that, the biggest issue was getting the yellow and red checks to snuggle down onto the notorious Scooter rudder. Eventually we got there, but the amount of decal solvent required made some of the checks look like Dali designed them. I guess that's why it's called a solvent. I had to touch those up with a tiny brush but if you don't look too closely you won't be shocked. Here's my usual summary: Project: Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk Kit: Airfix Kit No. A03029 Scale: 1:72 (need you ask? This is me we're talking about...) Decals: Xtradecal sheet X72180 for VC-5 Checkertails at NAS Cubi Point in 1967. Resin: Several items from CMK - 7431 Cockpit, 7432 Control Surfaces, 7436 Undercarriage; Aires 7242 Wheels Photoetch: Eduard 73459 interior and exterior set Paint: GSI Creos Mr. Hobby H12 Flat Black, H11 Flat White, H315 Light Gull Gray H317 Dark Gull Gray, H23 Shine Red, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H95 Smoke Gray; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad ALC-101 Aluminum, ALC-111 Magnesium; Testors 1169 Flat Yellow; MRP-048 Super Clear Gloss Varnish, MRP-126 Super Clear Semi-matte Varnish Improvements/Corrections Reshaped underside of nose to have more curvature 2-3 applications of Mr. Surfacer 1000 in panel lines to reduce their depth and width Lowered wing flaps using card stock and Eduard photoetch Complete resin cockpit and ejection seats, added rear view mirrors and canopy latches Lowered elevators with resin parts Added resin tyres and wheels Photoetch details under leading edge slats and inside speed brakes Photoetch antenna and windscreen wiper Drilled out cannons Used decals to represent fuselage upper attach bolt recesses and avionics cooling intake in nose Subtle weathering via post shading WIP can be found here. Now for some pictures: Cheers, Bill 68 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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