1/48 Hasegawa IAF A-4N
I love the Skyhawk- single seat, two seat, various operators, etc. I initially made the mistake of thinking that you could take the A-4M kit and with decals make it an A-4N. I learned pretty quickly, that not all A-4N airframes had ARBS in the nose (angle rate bombing system) and you had to refer to pictures to make sure the airframe you are modelling had it or not. Then, I learned about the DEFA cannons, and the strike camera underneath on the port undercarriage sponson. Towards the end of the gallery, you can see those items and antennae fit highlighted, as well as the sneaky vent on the forward STBD side of the avionics hump! Luckily, you can find the instruction sheets for the Hasegawa 1/48 A-4N issue online, which identfies the differences between A-4M and A-4N. I bought the excellent Aires elongated tailpipe, and DEFA cannons for this build, before I realized there were other details to consider. I could not get away from the images of IAF A-4N's with HOBOS on the centerline, so decided to go with this weapons configuration. The markings were based on a profile (gasp) and I used 1/48 Hobbycraft A-4N decals unit markings, and spares for the airframe numbers. Testors enamels throughout, future coat for decals, future and Tamiya flat base for top coat.
By the way- If anyone is looking for the 1/48 Hobbycraft A-4N decals that depict the last scheme on A-4N's-I have a pile of spare decals I will gladly give to you. I am referring to the script number style as oposed to the block style I chose for my kit.
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