Douglas A-4B Skyhawk, Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Falklands/Malvinas War 1982 – Hasegawa, 1/48
His second, ultimately fatal mission was on June 8. Along with three other pilots from Grupo 5, Arrarás attempted to attack landing craft from HMS Fearless. One Fox Trot 4 vessel, L-703 was destroyed by a bomb from Grupo 5’s Teniente Alferez Vasquez before all aircraft were intercepted by Sea Harriers. Dave Morgan in Sea Harrier ZA177 shot down Teniente Arrarás in C- 226 with a Sidewinder heat seeking missile. Arrarás apparently tried to eject but did not survive the attempt. A brave pilot who deserves to be memorialized.
This was quite a lengthy build. I spent a long time painting the cockpit details, having no Eduard set with the IP for an A-4B. I used the Eduard belts for an ESCAPAC seat for the A-7 Corsair II, since I had a spare set. The face curtain firing handle was made with stretched sprue and zebra striped decal. The decals are from FCM. They kind of fought me all the way and I had to do some careful work to stop the small numbers below the cockpit from silvering. This was partly because I had to rearrange numbers to get the “226” for Arrarás’s A-4B.
I had originally intended to do Teniente Luciano Guadagnini’s aircraft – another brave young pilot KIA - but realized part way through painting that the colors were reversed on his particular camouflage mirror pattern. Interestingly, Guadagnini also flew C-226 on occasion, although he was lost in C-242.
Here are the particulars of the build:
Step in leading edge flap fixed with 5 thou plastic sheet. Scribed and riveted in place for surface detail.
Single 1000 lb (500 kg) bomb is from Reskit.
Kit supplied resin radome was reshaped in line with photographs of actual aircraft (in flight and in museums)
Most tiny details –antennas, lights and sensors, added after major painting done (nerve-wracking but ulitmately successful).
Upper surface camo: Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown and XF-62 Olive Drab
Lower surface camo: X-4 Blue plus XF-2 Flat White
Weathering with pre-shade, oil wash and some post shading with Tamiya smoke and lightened variations of camo colors.
Hope you like it. Comments welcome.