Yeah that's a really good idea Wally, like you don't really have a clue about NZ Skyhawks (and sorry for saying this not much interest either, but I've got to build one for a friend and thought I'd tie it in with the GB )
Wow. That is a question with a significant answer. Pre Kahu pretty much any A-4E kit
If you start talking Post Kahu, the F-16 style modernisation of the aircraft avionics, then the only kit that comes close is the long OOP and highly sort after Hasegawa kit which was still only 90% accurate.
For a TA-4K, then:
As to mods for each airframe, find a reference picture.
You can't use an A-4M/N as the intakes and canopy are significantly different and can't be modified.
That's a very high level. For anything more specific, you'll have to ask.
If a Skyhawk kit you are looking at for an RNZAF jet is not listed here, run, don't walk, away from it
For A-4M/N , OA-4M or any of the earlier models, that is a completely different discussion.
Anything in 1/72 from Fujimi and anything in 1/48 from Hasegawa is safe and best of scale.
Have two Esci A-4's in the closet. I shall have to dip my oar in tentatively.
Even picked up a set of Microscale RNZAF/Singas stickers.
The AZ Mod/CA TA-4J is an acceptable 2-seat. Plus you get some bee-yoo-tee-ful resin, especially the seats.
I'm still keeping an eye out for another. Doing the commission builds resurrected the burn for SEA schemes on the shelf.
I like to have the practise on SEA colours. BTW, I have T.O.s for 3-colour schemes, if anyone needs them.
Just scored me the Italeri kit of Trade me....Looking forward to this! A lot of you obviously have great depth of knowledge on the kiwi birds...Maybe a reference thread would be an idea? Help us newbies out!
Only 5 days till kick off peoples... Hopefully everyone has their kits sorted and a clear workbench ready for this GB. If you haven't done so already, make sure you each start a new topic for your build so everyone can keep track of how everyone else is going (not compulsory but it will benefit everyone).
Looking forward to next monday so I can get stuck in to some skyhawk plastic!