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Skyhawk A4 Esci 1/48

July 19, 2020 · in Aviation · · 22 · 1.8K

I Know this is the second Israeli A4 today but that is purely co-incidence guys ,this is the very old offering that I picked up cheap years ago and has been gathering dust ever since. I bought the decal sheet from Hannants to build the example you see in some of the shots with the more recognisable standard sized star of david roundels but was always curious about the aircraft you see here. The decal sheet has one colour shot and that is the only picture I have been able to find anywhere of an aircraft with these strange oversized markings and the two roundels per wing on the underside , if anyone has any information about this aircraft and it's markings please let me know...

The Kit is quite basic but has some nice details like the movable wing slats, I added a resin bang seat and the longer engine nozzle from Aeries, hope you like it .


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  1. The build is very nice, Neil.
    Fully agree about the roundels, really oversized.
    What's the purpose of camouflage with this size of roundels.

  2. Hey Neil, @neil-foster
    You built up a nice looking scooter ! Is this the one you were asking about the FS color numbers for a while ago ? It looks great, but a bit odd with the over sized insignia. In a strange way it reminds me of the planes from the USS Enterprise in early 1942... They were flown the same way, after several were shot down as they returned to Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

    Looks great my friend ! I hit the "liked" button too.

  3. Awesome build! Maybe it was a show bird?

  4. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Neil ... a very different and peculiar looking Skyhawk it is, but it really makes the viewer ask themselves one question, which is ... What is the use of the camouflage ?
    For sure, a very nice model, I always did like the A-4 in models in any scale, and this one is no exception.

  5. Totally out of the ordinary, it looks beautiful, Neil.
    Building is excellent, you did a great job on this.
    I have heard that IDF were "leaking" photos of their planes with erroneous configurations to fool the enemy...
    So, could it be that your scheme adheres to the above approach?

  6. Well done Neil, no question as to what country flew that Scooter.

  7. Nice work, Neil. I’m an A-4 fan too. I vaguely remember those markings having been described as being for an Israeli Independence Day flyover. I wish I could remember where I saw it.

  8. Hey John , well that's a start at any rate and it certainly sounds plausible , thanks buddy.

  9. Another nice Scooter! I've got a photo of those oversized stars in one of my reference books. If I can find it, and it says why they were used, I'll add to this post...

  10. Greg Buddy! , nice to hear from you and thanks for any information or pictures you may have , I'd love to find out what those markings are about.
    Hope you're keeping safe pal.

  11. Found it! The were for ACM identification. See the pics:

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    • Wow that's amazing ,they were for use in combat missions just like the wildcats in the picture from USS Enterprise ,thanks for doing that research on my behalf Greg ,I guess that's why iModeller is such a cool group to involved with.
      I'd like to see a Phantom in the same markings like in your photo ,maybe Isradecal do a sheet.

  12. Thanks Dave , nice to see you're still checking in , I keep looking at the Avia you sent me !

  13. Isreali Skyhawks just look epic. I think the Skyhawk '03' was actually the only one credited with air to air kills? Pretty sure it brought down 2 MIG's in the Yom Kippur War?

  14. Hey Neill, thanks for looking and welcome to the site, I love Skyhawks and for me they look awesome in Israeli colours but if I'm honest I'm a fan of the Israelis anyway.

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