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Your Skyhawk questions here thread 4 years 9 months ago #1

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Can we have a Q&A thread for posting questions and answers to or directions to look for answers?

My first would be, does anyone have details or pics of the draw bars that were used to manoeuvre our A-4s and the tractors that would have pulled them?
Would it be the same as a USN item perhaps?

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Your Skyhawk questions here thread 4 years 9 months ago #2

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Tow bars were standard US Navy ones IIRC.

Tugs were toyota tugs. I don't seem to have any photos though.

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Your Skyhawk questions here thread 4 years 1 month ago #3

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Yay! With the extension I have a chance to build a Scooter for this GB.
When purchasing Avenger decals from rebelalpha on eBay I couldn't resist buying Aztec's 1/48 Malvinas/Falklands War. It arrived yesterday and it is one hell of a decal set!
So I want to build ideally an A-4P Skyhawk - Argentine AF May-June 1982 - there are several to choose.
A-4P was apparently the designation given to US Navy surplus (remanufactured) A-4B & A-4C Skyhawks. Is this correct?
If so, WHAT KITSET OPTIONS DO I HAVE for A-4P? (Ideally readily available and not too expensive)
If I can't do an A-4P, I gather the Argentine A-4Qs were surplus A-4Es? (or was Q only the 'Navy' distinction?)
Will a readily available kitset like Hasegawa or Italeri A-4E/F build the Argentine P or Q aircraft?
Is it just a matter of the E nose? (I sure am no Skyhawk expert). (Some of) the Argentine aircraft also had 'something' on their backs but not a hump?
Any help or links appreciated. I have limited time for research and ideally want an OOB build or with minimal additions.
Thanks so much.
Wally.
PS - play your part in my first jet aircraft build since F-4 Phantom in the 1960s!
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Your Skyhawk questions here thread 4 years 1 month ago #4

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Looking forward to it Wally...the Argentine Scooter is a scheme we dont see often

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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.

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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.
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Wally,
A lot will depend on scale of choice. The A-4P was a refurbished A-4B - shorter nose and only 3 underwing hardpoints among other things. The A-4Q was a refurbished A-4C.

Airfix and Fujimi both do the A-4B/A-4P in 1/72 OOB. Aifix is readily available, Fujimi harder to get now.

Hasegawa and Hobbycraft both did the jets in 1/48, but both are hard to get. The Hasegawa kits are long out of production and the Hobbycraft ones were never easily available in NZ.

Hasegawa limited edition kit w/ instructions
Hasegawa kit

Hobbycraft has/had an A-4B boxing with a Falklands combatant on the box top, and they also do/did an A-4C 'Viet Nam' which had two Argentinean aircraft marking options in the box.
A-4B Falklands
A-4C Viet Nam

For a good article on building the jets, refer to the nice builds done by Piero de Santis on Hyperscale

The hump on the back is the ADF antenna and reasonably easily made from scratch if needed.
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Update In Stash:
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