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Jus' remembered I have some Aggressor stickers that may work, but really I'd like to do a Vietnam era USMC 'E' because you never see them built
Not going to be a USMC 'E', just cannot get the decals, and believe me I've looked hard . So it will either be a Navy (late) 'E' or 'F', but definitely in 'Iron Hand' configuration....
Just for folks who aren't too familiar with A-4 kits in 1:48: If you're on a budget, the Esci/Italeri kit is actually perfectly acceptable especially if you build it with the canopy closed, it's light on detail when compared with the Hasegawa kit, but the shape is very good and if you're only going to build the one.... it's a no-brainer in my opinion. I've built two Hasegawa kits, and they are superbly engineered and detailed, but for this GB, I'll definitely be buying an Italeri one.
Yes, the Esci, now Italeri kits (and also now Tamiya in 1/72) in both 1/48 and 1/72 were considered good kits.
I've settled on an OA-4M for mine as the Hasegawa A-4B is hard to come by and OOP at present. Now I just have to decide on whether the OA-4M will be a 1/48 conversion/kit bash or the Hasegawa 1/32 Limited Edition kit I have in the stash.
I won't have built an A-4 for most of a year by December so I'm probably due to do another one! Count me in. I've got the Hasegawa Kahu with Kiwi Resin cockpit and Gekko decals in the stash in 1/48, and Fujimi and Italeri E/F's lurking in 1/72.
Two quick points whist we're all full of enthusiasm...
First, I have both of Richards 'Gekko Graphics' sheets for Kiwi Skyhawks, which I'd be willing to cut-up for any folks here who want to build a 'local' machine. Just drop me a PM and deals-will-be-done.
Second, given that we aren't going to be cutting plastic until after the Armistice show, perhaps someone should approach our attending tame trader(s) to suggest they bring some extra Skyhawk kits with them.... just a thought.
I'll need a kit !! - But I'm stalking one on eBay just now...
In the meantime, I took some snaps of my A-4C, built from the excellent Hasegawa kit and wearing Superscale Decals. Still in the cabinet after six years and a move from one side of the planet to the other:
Just ordered the Italeri (Esci) kit off HLJ - $33.00 including postage.... Bargain
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
So I have done both putty and rescribe, and cut out and reposition of the slat wells. Both yield a satisfying result and both take about same amount of work. With repositioning the angle of the slats is a little steeper as a result but still looks right. I think I prefer the cut/reposition method as it is less likely to go wrong.
May I ask this -
Can someone on here, maybe Craig or another Skyhawk expert, please list the various kits that will definitely build an RNZAF Skyhawk?
Or maybe post a link to somewhere that can tell me this?
There seems to be so many versions and I imagine some of the "marks" will be incorrect for RNZAF.
I've got a stack of kits lined up on my "compare list" on eBay but like, I don't know whether a TA-4J kit will build a TA-4K, which I gather we had?
They look the same to me ... Call me lazy, that's okay, it's true, I am trying to shortcut some of a whole stack of Skyhawk research.
Any assistance appreciated.
My preference - WW2 RNZAF & Pacific Theatre, Allied & Axis, ETO, Mediterranean, AFV & figures
I enjoy doing research