A-4C Skyhawk – Hasegawa 1/48
This is the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk, done up in the colors of VA-153 aboard USS Coral Sea during the Vietnam Conflict. The kit is slightly enhanced with a small Eduard instrument panel and seatbelts and some scratch built quilting to the sidewall. I think I sourced the snake eye ordinance from another kit (can’t remember). The decals are from Aeromaster. BTW, it is a bit of a challenge to get the Stars and Bars to settle over the vortex generators on the port wing but somehow it turned out with help from Micro Sol.
This is one of my earlier builds and I have somehow lost the tiny PE windscreen wiper. Let’s just say it has been removed for maintenance. Overall, the Hasegawa Scooter is one of my favorite kits, very easy to build. I didn’t go all the way to “fix” the step in the slots for the leading edge slats. I didn’t realize Hasegawa’s error at the time. I think it looks OK anyway.
Painted with Model Master and Tamiya acrylics with an oil wash over Tamiya clear gloss for weathering. Final flat coat was Model Master. Blue Tail was done with Tamiya X-4 Blue, tinted with white. It looked to be the most accurate color relative to very good period photos of VA-153 aircraft on the Internet.
The A-4C has the nicest lines of the Skyhawk series in my personal opinion and I like seeing the bright blue tail of VA-153 on the shelf. I hope you like it too.
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