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Eduard 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk "Vietnam Scooters"

Hello iModeler! Here is my first completed build of the 2022. A-4E . I had a lot of fun building this kit, despite a lot of self inflicted headaches with painting and finishing. Upon reviewing the photos I noticed a few things that I need to correct before I do an outdoor photoshoot. Let me know if you can spot them all!

Anyways, here it is. Thanks for having a look!

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  1. I like everything you've done here with this. A very nice result indeed.

  2. This is a very nice Scooter, Ramon!
    Well done!

  3. Hmm other than you are to lose a bomb on right hand outboard station...bit shiny for a battle worn jet? Love the Scooter in any shape or form, must be such a pleasure to fly. Douglas made it look so sensible. You did it well, love the grime.

  4. An absolute perfect start of 2022, Ramon @anvil6
    Amazing looking Skyhawk.

  5. Very nice looking A-4... excellent work.

  6. A beautiful result, your Scooter looks perfect from here, thumbs up

  7. Good way to start 2022 by building a good looking Scooter. Well done Ramon.

  8. Beautiful work Ramon! The staining on the belly tank is superb! I need to grit my teeth and do some weathering on my next scooter- I always figure I will wreck the build if I try.
    your post is an encouragement to me.

    • Thanks for the kind words Dan! Dude, let me tell you about wrecking a build... I sanded the belly down to bare plastic after painting at least 3 times because I either got runs, crackled finish or spilled Tamiya Extra Thin on it. same thing with the tail markings on the left. Instead of using the decals like I should have, I opted to try and paint the stripes, letters and numbers. That came out HORRIBLY, so I sanded it down ( I already had the rest of the model painted and decaled by this point) re-masked and repainted the stripes, cut the decals into smaller sections to reapply, then follow that with clear coats and weathering to match the rest of the finish. Like I said, I flubbed and created a lot of extra work for myself but thats ok. It's just plastic. As far as I am concerned, the worst case scenario is that I have a model that I display close to a wall, with the ugly side facing the wall. Honestly, I think I learn and grow more after my mistakes than when everything goes smoothly.

      Be bold dude. Don't be afraid to wreck a build because you will feel a lot more accomplished after you save it. Either that or you surprise yourself with a successful result and level up. Who dares, wins!

  9. This is just lovely.

  10. One of my favorite scooter schemes, nicely done!

  11. Nice! The weathering looks great! It might be a bit to shiny, back then the gull grey was flat and the underside was white, usually gloss, I think in the early to mid-seventies they introduce gloss gull grey.

  12. Super scooter,Ramon.

  13. Excellent finished build!

  14. Leave it as it is, it’s a perfect scooter.

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