1/72 McDonnell-Douglas A-4K Skyhawk - Your Favourite Aircraft of All Time GB

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  1. A4K

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    #1 A4K, Mar 13, 2012
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    User Name: A4K
    Name: Evan
    Category: 2 - Intermediate

    Kit: Italeri A-4E/F Skyhawk
    Scale: 1:72
    Subject: A-4K in original configuration and scheme, serial TBD, No.75 Sqn. RNZAF.
    Accessories: none; scratchbuilding.


    This is my 'all-time' favourite aircraft, and one of the reasons I joined the RNZAF.

    They served our (now disbanded) Nos.2 and 75 squadrons from 1970 to 2001, when the entire Strike Wing was scrapped as a cost-save measure. (Way to go, politicians)
    After a 10 year debacle over sales rights, a number of the now deteriorated aircraft have thankfully been donated to various museums in New Zealand and Australia.

    A Hungarian friend kindly gave me the model, already made and the worse for wear after a lengthy time in his attic...but atleast it's an A-4!
    Refuelling probe and most of the undercarriage are missing, one wing warped, and forward canopy ruined; scratchbuilding a plenty - this will take time.
    Roundels and fin flashes will come from a Ventura set, other markings converted from spares box items or hand painted.

    Pics:
    1) Major kit parts seperated and cleaned of dust.
    2) Remaining parts seperated, decals and paint removed with nail polish remover.

    STA51922.JPG
    STA51955.JPG
     
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    Looking good Evan. Nice choice and rapid progress.
     
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    Me thinks you're going to have a ball (all be it frustrating at times) with this one Even.
     
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    Some of work will be needed on that model. But all looks very good though. Keep working Evan. :thumbright: :thumbleft:
     
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    Looking forward to the transformation Evan.
     
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    I can't wait for the new hawk :D
     
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    Nice start.
     
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    Hey, thanks guys! Will be some work, but hope to do a good job of her.

    And many thanks to Wojtek (Wurger) for fixing the thread title for me! :D
     
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    No problemo my friend. :)
     
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    Looking forward to this Evan.
     
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    Cheers Andy!
     
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    You going to build it gear up, in flying attitude, Evan?
     
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    Looking forward to this Evan!:thumbleft: :cool:
     
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    Cheers Aaron!

    Had considered it Terry, though usually prefer gear down on my models. Will leave that decision open for now, depending on what I can manage.
    Wish I had my stuff here which is stored in NZ - got all the spares I'd need (including markings) there...
     
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    It should be an interesting build Evan
     
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    Sweet Evan, look forward to it!
     
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    Evan, good luck with this, I have confidence it will turn out just fine.

    Im very interested to watch how you transform a humpback version to the A4G/K standard. I want to attempt a g subtype, but can only find Hump back versions here in Ozs. From Ive read getting the dorsal shape right is a bit tricky. Would love to see how you do it....
     
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    Thanks Glenn, Wayne and Michael!

    Mike, actually I was going to keep her in original configuration with the avionics hump. All but 10 of our A4s were purchased new, with humps fitted to the single seaters (sans equipment - pilots stored their luggage in them!). The humps were only removed in 1986/7 with the first 'Project Kahu' (Hawk) update, with the exception of course of the A-4Gs we got from you guys which never had them fitted.

    And what scale are you looking for? In 1:72, Esci did an Aussie A-4G and Blue Angels A-4F, both straightbacks sans hump, as was the Fujimi A-4E/F Agressor, and Hasegawa A-4E/F, the hump provided as an optional component in the latter.
    In 1:48 Hasegawa, Italeri, Esci, Monogram and Revell all made A-4E/Fs, all straight backs with humps as optional extras I think.

    (No progress yet on the kit btw, been working on the watercolour painting.)
     
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    Your off the hook then Evan, 'cause that watercolour painting is excellent!
     
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    Thanks mate, glad you like it!
    Did some final corrections today, pic of the finished work on the 'show us your artwork' thread.
     
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