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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #31

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Thanks Phil...That would be better huh...nice to have people around who know!! :cheer:

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #32

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I'm in, i have 20~30 scooters still in my dwindling stash!
this means one will at least get started. :P
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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #33

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That's 16 yes and 1 maybe. I think this thing definitely has life. :woohoo:

Working on some goodies for this - all will most likely be A-4 related.

Kick off is just over 3 months away so plenty of time to get together what you need. Looking forward to this. Let's see how many A-4s we can get done. Would be a great display for next Armistice.

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Hasegawa 1/72 P-51D Mustang

A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #34

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IAN wrote:
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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.... :evil:

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.

Just a thought.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #35

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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.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #36

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There is a conversion available from Steel Beach to convert an A-4E/F to an A-4B/C in 1/48,can be sourced thru Sprue Bros in the states......just a thought... :huh:

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #37

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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.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #38

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Was going to include you in the invite to Steve and Aaron, but figured you'd be sick of A-4s by now. Look forward to seeing yours.
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Tamiya 1/72 F-16C Barak conversion - Modern Combat GB
Hasegawa 1/72 F-16 ADF - Modern Combat GB
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Hasegawa 1/48 P-51D Mustang
Hasegawa 1/72 P-51D Mustang

A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #39

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Nth-Shore Modlr wrote: There is a conversion available from Steel Beach to convert an A-4E/F to an A-4B/C in 1/48,can be sourced thru Sprue Bros in the states......just a thought... :huh:


Was aware of Darren's set, but buying a conversion to then convert is a little too much work for a 6 month build.

Have settled on kit and scheme, so will be ready to go come Dec 22. Don't plan to use any aftermarket, just some good old fashioned modelling and a little scratchbuilding.

Edit: and after some issues with their service, I am no longer using Sprue Brothers for any purchases

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Tamiya 1/72 F-16C Barak conversion - Modern Combat GB
Hasegawa 1/72 F-16 ADF - Modern Combat GB
Hasegawa 1/48 F8U-2N (F-8D) Crusader conversion
Hasegawa 1/48 P-51D Mustang
Hasegawa 1/72 P-51D Mustang
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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #40

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Skyhawks aye.... Well I would love to do an 32nd Kahu... but I know there is an Conversion set in the works.. So I going to have to wait for that so it makes my life easier...

Maybe... Maybe I could be temped to do an Israeli N?

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #41

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You know you have to now right? You've just committed yourself Dave by posting a pic.... :lol: :whistle: :evil:

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #42

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CyNaKyL wrote: You know you have to now right? You've just committed yourself Dave by posting a pic.... :lol: :whistle: :evil:


I say maybe... My modelling motivation is lacking lately...

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #43

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Moeggo wrote:

CyNaKyL wrote: You know you have to now right? You've just committed yourself Dave by posting a pic.... :lol: :whistle: :evil:


I say maybe... My modelling motivation is lacking lately...


That's because you've been building all those stupid things with rigging in totally the wrong scale - that would sap anyone's will to model :evil:

I happen to know Rick has a few of those in 1/48 which come with all the resin needed for the IDF/AF variant in the box...

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #44

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Yea I saw them yesterday when I was checking out the progress on the new shop.... But I did walk out with a 48th Super Hornet.. almost took an Apache too..

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #45

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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. :whistle:

Ian

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #46

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I was thinking the same thing earlier Ian regarding Armistice and bringing kits, not looking at any one in particular **cough Viperbuilder cough** :whistle: :P

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #47

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I spose I should ask if anyone wants anything from Master Model for delivery to Armistice put a hand up now (and the other in your wallet :P )

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #48

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Gary wrote: I spose I should ask if anyone wants anything from Master Model for delivery to Armistice put a hand up now (and the other in your wallet :P )


I will sus out 2moro what I need and send you a PM...

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 11 months ago #49

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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:














Ian

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Just ordered the Italeri (Esci) kit off HLJ - $33.00 including postage.... Bargain :lol:

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #50

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So this will be my first time joining in on a group build - is there an SOP lying around somewhere?

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Best check with Craig, he's leading the charge on this one. But
no panic we aren't kicking off until Xmas.

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Built this Hasegawa A-4 a few years back. Brilliant kit. Could be tempted to build another one.








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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #53

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Two beauties.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #55

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Very nice builds guys

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #56

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Craig Sargent wrote: Was going to include you in the invite to Steve and Aaron, but figured you'd be sick of A-4s by now. Look forward to seeing yours.


Lol, thanks - I see my reputation has preceded me :)

You'd probably know as well as anyone - is there a "best" fix for the slat recess step on the Hasegawa wing? I figure if I'm going to step up to 1/48 I might as well do it properly.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #57

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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.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #58

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My 'raw materials' arrived from HLJ this morning !!


Looks great in the box and it has decals for a Vietnam era VA-55 machine, so I can do my 'Iron Hand' machine without having to buy an AM sheet... However if I find a cheap one.... :whistle:

Very happy with my choice of kit.

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #59

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Have you guys seen the "damaged" skyhawk kit?
Saw it at frankton model shop the other day

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A-4 Skyhawk Challenge 4 years 10 months ago #60

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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.
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