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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4K 4 years 3 months ago #1

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Right, enough delay, time to get this show on the road.

To be honest while I've been busy with other things, I've also been procrastinating on starting this one. It's out of my scale comfort zone for one (although it's interesting seeing components I'm very familiar with in 1/72 writ slightly larger). Wondering whether I should build an arguable collectors item that has been in deep stash since 2002 is another, as well as the intimidation factor of being in the presence of A-4K experten here. While I haven't been commenting, I have been lurking and the builds in the challenge so far are pretty good, so hopefully this will measure up!

So here it is for the final five weeks or so of the challenge, the Hasegawa 1/48 RNZAF A-4K boxing, with elements of the Kiwi Resins Kahu set and Gekko Graphics decals. I'll be building this in conjuction with a 1/72 Fujimi in another thread as they will have a few things in common, which will mean updates won't be super regular, but hopefully every few days or so.



Subject will be this machine , NZ6201 in the Trial Greens from 1997, which I haven't seen modelled very often ( source via originally RNZAF Official I suspect), and I think looks cooler than the eventual green scheme, even if it was too effective in practice :)

Parts layout taken a bit earlier on this year, including the all important Gekko Graphics sheet:




The extra Kahu bits Hasegawa provides, although not enough to build a complete one out of the box:


Kiwi Resins Kahu set (sans instructions and decals)


Just to prove I haven't started yet, photo taken tonight :)



Couple of initial thoughts:

- On examining how things are going to go together I won't be using all of the Kiwi Resins set, most particularly the cockpit tub. While apparently designed for this kit, I can't see a way of installing it and separating Hasegawa's tub from the nose gear bay without destroying detail in the latter. This will be a closed cockpit build so it shouldn't make too much difference.

-Colour choice overall is going to be tricky I think on looking at the decals. '01 was painted in a slightly lightened shade of FS34097, but that seems to be the shade the decals have been printed in - they don't seem light enough on the sheet to provide the contrast seen on the markings in photos of the real thing. At the moment I plan to paint the pylons in a couple of shades and use the pylon explosive triangle decals to test them, as they will be least noticeable by their absence :)

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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4K 4 years 3 months ago #2

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Cool, will be following this closely mate. Didnt even know Hase made a Kiwi Skwark kit. You're not losing much using the kit Tub though. I think its a good decision. I like the choice of scheme too. You usually see the more iconic schemes built so I think its a cool choice.
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Interesting choice mate, I've never seen that livery before. Will be following too :cheer:
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:woohoo: oh yeah, another "scooter" build and an A-4K too, loovely grub!!!
will be watching this build intently too

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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.

Hasegawa 1/48 A-4K 4 years 2 months ago #5

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Thanks all, hopefully it doesn't disappoint. A start has been made, but I'm concentrating on getting some of the less fun bits (undercarriage, canopy masking etc) out of the way before getting the quick progress stuff happening.

First off another decision made, to use the kit canopy over the vac-form alternative provided by KRM. It just looks to have better detail and more guaranteed fit.


I've made a start on painting the cockpit. The one-piece mould incorporating the tub and nose gear bay is one of the best I've seen. That's the 72'nd Fujimi cockpit alongside.




KRM instrument panel. Not 100% accurate, but still more representative than the stock E/F panel provided in the kit. It'll do. I actually scratchbuilt one of these in 1/72 once. Nobody can see it but I know it's there :)


The KRM Escapac. Again nicer than the kit seat, but a few bubbles and imperfections to address:

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I have all the same bits sitting in my stash so I'm eagerly watching how this one goes together!

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Nice add-ons mumbles. You adding anything else?

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...and another Kiwi Skyhawk. Good to see so many.

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grover wrote: Nice add-ons mumbles. You adding anything else?


Just the aerials that Hasegawa missed out, like the wingtip ILS blades, and figure out what KRM had in mind for the HUD. Scratchbuilt one of those once in 1/72 as well!

Hoping to get things moving along tonight and tomorrow.

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Cool, I would be surprised if there wasn't a rash of modelling happening around NZ this weekend. Cant do anything else ;)

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Well I found out where the KRM Hud base was (or wasn't). Part 3 on this pic is the frame for the HUD glass, but part 2 is the base. And as can be seen it's MIA.

This is the panel after painting and ready for a wash and maybe a bit of drybrushing. Deciding between what looks cool and what looks scale :) The switches I painted just by overcoating the base in black then very lightly sanding it back. Works I think.



A little bit of detail painting (a bit blown out by the flash) in the nose gear bay to break up the white. It's effectively already shaded in real life so won't put too much if any washes through it:


And with rear bulkhead, pedals and control column fitted:


Still at the stage of doing lots of little fiddly but not very photogenic things with this one. The fuselage I expect to go together soon, then I can get to work cutting up the wings :S

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Great paint work there mumbles.

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Progressing forward with the other A-4 on the bench at the same time, not helped by having a cold keeping me away from the bench fo rmost of the last week!

Various interior bits for the fuselage. The fan and CFG are painted aluminium, just the flash has washed it out.


I was seeing fit issues for the KRM sidewalls (possibly because they were designed to go with the KRM tub and nit the Hasegawa one), and rather than faff about I just decided to cut out the bits I wanted most instead which was much faster and less painful. There's no rule that says I have to use the whole thing is there? :)

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I gave the instrument panel a few dabs of gloss to make the instrument and MFD faces a bit more distinctive, and added some plastic strip for the pads at the bottom of the panel. I've also started scratchbuilding a HUD base since it's missing from my KRM set. Most of the HUD building will take place later on so it doesn't get damaged during other parts of the build. Same goes for the seat which will only go in as late as possible.


KRM's T-handles (the cream bit on the panel and cutting mat) are nicely shaped but a tad oversize:


It also occurs to me that the coaming on the Kahu (bottom left) was a bit reduced in size compared to the standard, so some cutting will be in order for that piece too.

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To replace the T handles I got some thin plastic strip and cut it thinner, then painted it yellow.
Still a bit oversize but it will do. There isn't room for the fourth one that went on the left.


And cockpit almost ready to go in and allow progress on everything else to speed up. The KRM panel is a drop fit into the existing locators and fits very well on my example.
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Hasegawa 1/48 A-4K 4 years 2 months ago #16

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Cockpit detail there looks amazing. Well done :)
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Oh that's looking very good. Lovely detail coming in on all these builds. Its going to be hard to vote.
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looking nice :) Always wondered what the Kiwi resin Kahu cockpit looked like. Wish it was still available.
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Taken that deep breath and started cutting up the wings to correct the slat recesses. Knocked off one of the slat rails to my disgust, but I've got it to reattach later. Besides if you aren't knocking slat rails off every now and then you're not building A-4's :)

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Mumbles wrote: Besides if you aren't knocking slat rails off every now and then you're not building A-4's :)

Amen. An so said the Sprue Lord ;)
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Mumbles wrote: if you aren't knocking slat rails off every now and then you're not building A-4's :)[/URL]


Too true! :lol:

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Progress!

Both the slat recesses separated, all the rage these days :)

You can tell which one I did second as it has all it's rails attached.


Since I was an expert by then the second recess came off cleaner, so it was the first to go back on:


One thing Hasegawa doesn't tell you with this kit by the way is to open up the holes for the Kahu wingtip sensors, even though they are moulded in there. Lucky I saw them and figured out what they were for before putting the wings together.

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Both recesses back in and puttied up using Grant's "why didn't that occur to me earlier?" tape technique as seen on his Harrier. From experience a few layers of putty (tamiya white) and proper drying time will be needed to account for shrinkage. 1/72 wing in the background getting it's recess seams attended to.


Awww, cuddles! Illustrates the difference between 72 and 48 nicely.

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Fuselage ready to go together. Finally, it seems like it has taken an age although I got to this point and only then realised I had forgotten to add the throttle to the cockpit. Short pause to paint and add it and the fuse was ready to go. 7g lead sinker as ballast - Hasegawa recommends 8, but 7 seems enough.


I took care of the warping tendencies of the fuselage halves by using gel superglue for the nose, then gluing the rest after a bit of curing time

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Fuselage together and hopefully staying that way!

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Good work here.

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Nice Mumbles. Took me a while to close the fuselage up, and then things started to move along a bit more quickly.
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Nice one mate!
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Very good advice about closing things up a bit at a time. A good alignment along the nose seam.
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Putting the slow in slow and steady :)

Wing all back together now and cleaning up nicely. I want the wing to be fully sanded and sorted before I add it to the fuselage.


I've also removed the Minipan mast from the port undercarriage fairing to move it over to the starboard one.

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