Jiri Kure – A-4E Skyhawk

Kit: A-4E Skyhawk – Manufacturer: Fujimi 1/72

PGM Pioneers set depicting machine from VA-212 flying from the deck of USS Bon Homme Richard during Vietnam war.

Model by Jiri Kure

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About this model

A-4E_Skyhawks_from_VA-212The base kit is Fujimi’s 1987 boxing of A-4E/F Topgun 1/72. The decals came from Wolfpak Decals 72-015 PGM Pioneers set depicting machine from VA-212 flying from the deck of USS Bon Homme Richard during Vietnam war. The plane is famous for a  participation in first mission when TV guided glide bombs AGM-62 Walleye have been used (11th March 1967), although my weapon configuration is from later missions – asymmetric configuration of 1 x Walleye + Mk.82 Snakeye as counter balance under the other wing. It just looks more interesting that way and it is photographically documented. Note the lack of anti-glare black panel ahead of canopy.
I used Aires cockpit set, lots of effort to fit it in…Thanks God I got Dremel. I made the flaps down, so I can display the aircraft number.
Lots of additional details in wheel wells; cabling, catapult cradle hooks, landing lights etc, and a bit of extra work went into modifying the weapon hardpoints and triple ejection racks.
The paints are Gunze acrylics, post shaded with oil pains + wash from very thin Humbrol 33 Black, hydraulic rods are painted with Humbrol polishable stainless steel metallic.
The exhaust is sprayed with Allclad “Jet Exhaust”, I don’t know what I did wrong, it is still sticky two years later…
The kit is designed for use of interchangeable nose sections to universal fuselage to build all versions of Skyhawks; not easy to line it up well, but Fujimi still beats any other brand in this scale. I built Hasegawa before, one day I will have a go on the new Airfix…

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