1/48 Hobbycraft A-4B "Falklands"
Hobbycraft A-4, need I say more? I believe this was the result of a Christmas "grab bag", or something like that. Since it had been opened previously, there was no returning it, and it seemed sort of a challenge. There was no way I was going to do anything but USN markings on it. I had enough "Aggressor" books laying around, so I went through them looking for something I had not done before, and this one caught my eye. With decal help from my friend Jack, all I had to do is figure out how I was going to paint it. I wanted it to look like the picture I chose. I decided to really go "old school", and brush paint it with acrylics (AKA: "Apple Barrel" craft paint), just to see if I could do it. First came a primer coat of medium gray, then the fun began. It was a lot of work, but each step was encouraging, and it began to take on the appearance I wanted. After I was finished painting, I clear coated it, then buffed it out to give it that "metallic" sheen I wanted, instead of dead flat. I really enjoyed the process of using a model for a "canvas" to do my "art work" on, instead of the usual "fresh from the factory" look, I usually settle for. I don't believe I'd want to do it very often, as it took a lot more time, pleasurable time, than I anticipated. What better use for a Hobbycrat A-4?