this is my 1st post here. I'm writing because I am just getting back into scale modeling (I'm very excited!) and I recently purchased an A-4 Skyhawk for building. Specifically, it is the Italieri A-4E/F/G Skyhawk kit. The kit itself is great, but to my great disappointment I realized after I got it in the mail that this one has two 150 gallon external drop tanks, instead of the bigger 300-gallon drop tanks (which I would like for my build).
I know if may be a suuuuper long shot... BUT... I was wondering if anyone out there might have extra external 300 gallon drop tanks for a 1:48 A-4 Skyhawk? If so, I would be incredibly grateful to learn if you do, and also I'd be happy to offer the 150 gallon tanks that I have in exchange (if you wish)...
Any input and/or leads would be great! I saw that there are some vendors that do offer the tanks, but they seem rather expensive
Welcome to the site.
If you see this thread
, Craig (our local hasegawa guru) confirms that the main tanks in the hasegawa 1/48 kit are 300 gallon ones. If so, I have the kit built as an aggressor so won't be needing mine and you are welcome to them. Whereabouts are you?
thank you so much for such a warm welcome & wonderful responses!
- Marcus.Q1000859: yes, the tanks are stock
- Powder: thank you for the incredibly detailed illustration & dimensions. The great news is that my tanks are indeed 119.5mm x 14mm, which confirms that they are in fact the 300-gallon tanks. Yay!
- CyNaKyL: thank you so much for your incredibly kind offer! But no worries… it looks like I do have the right tanks after all =)
- Flying_Kiwi: you have a great name too! jaja
Thanks everyone so much again! I’m planning on building the A-4Q (Argentine Navy) version with the color scheme from the Falklands war (1982) which I believe used the 300 gallon tanks (from what I could gather from the info on the internet). Should be a fun & challenging build!
Hey Lucas, good luck with the build; I'll be watching this. Just to whet your appetite, here are some photos you might be interested in that I took recently:
A-4Q 3-A-304 took part in the Falklands war and served with 3 Esquadrillia de Caza y Ataque and flew combat ops from Rio Grande on the first day of operations against the British task force in San Carlos Water on 21 May, although the aircraft was aboard the carrier 25 de Mayo standing by as an interceptor following the invasion on 2 April. It is preserved outside the Argentine navy headquarters in downtown Buenos Aires. Its colour scheme is a post-Malvinas scheme.
This is a US loaned A-4B configured as an Argentine A-4Q at the Museo Naval de la Nacion and wears the markings of 3-A-312, which was shot at by a Sea Harrier using cannon fire on 21 May; the pilot ejected and the aircraft, with a massive hole in its wing was shot down by friendly AA fire. That day, 21 May, the squadron lost 3 A-4s, but only one pilot, although the consolation prise was the successful attack against the frigate HMS Ardent, which sank after the bombs of two different A-4Qs exploded on its aft deck.
thanks for the post, links & pictures! They are so interesting. That's great that you got to see these A-4's up close. Thanks for documenting & sharing your web site. Looks like there are tons of great other planes too! =)
Is it possible to build an A-4Q from an A-4E kit? I thought the A-4Q was an export version of the B, which had a different nose AFAIK. It also had a different engine, although I'm not sure if that translated to any external differences.