A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 BOX PACKAGEI decided to make a Hobby Boss, A-4E Skyhawk. It happened to be the kit that supplied the F/A-18C Hornet and F-15E Strike Eagle with precious ammunition. I used the parts halfway, so I will complete this kit to the end.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKINGThe assembly was smooth, and before I knew it, the cockpit had been built in.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKING10g fishing weight is put in the tip. If I forget this, this model will surely fall on the back.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTINGThis Hobby Boss kit includes a useful decal for the cockpit panel. However, there are no detailed painting instructions inside the cockpit, so I think it would be better to check with some books or net information to paint details.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTINGI can easily use the attached decal on the panel. I added only the third-party seat belt like the photo.
(2020/02/04)

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKING The air-intake and the wing were glued to the fuselage. The parts fit well.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKING As before, I glued all the landing gears this time. I’ll attach bombs and missiles later.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKING I attached small parts on the bottom of the fuselage. I installed the hardpoint where I was going to install the additional fuel tanks, and the second part from the outside, backward. It’s hard to fix it now since it’s stuck firmly, so I’ll adjust the tank connection points and proceed as it is.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKING A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 MAKINGI decided to install 2 large fuel tanks on the left and right sides, 2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and 6 x 500-pound bombs, Mk. 82, in the center of the lower part of the aircraft.
(2020/02/06)

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING As usual, I blew black first to add some gradation.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING Including the Indy-Blue part, I sprayed white first.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING I looked it closely, it’s not as simple as the top is gray and the bottom is white, but rather a bit complicated. It is unexpectedly troublesome to apply separately. I would like the maker could have included decals for all the blue parts.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING I’m thinking of masking as precisely as possible, but it takes time. I think I’ll use a thin spray of an airbrush.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTINGMy wife gave me rare chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s planet chocolate, it looks chocolates with complicated patterns and taste. There are few people in Ginza, probably fear of a new type of coronavirus.
(2020/02/08)

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING It’s Mr. Color Indy Blue, which is almost the same color as the decal blue color.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING I was thinking to paint with a gradation effect, but the gray FS16440 didn’t have that much hiding power, and Indy Blue couldn’t be covered it up well and it became a thick paint.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING AIM-9B Sidewinder and bomb with decal.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTINGIt is difficult to paint curves on curved surfaces like the body of a jet plane.
(2020/02/10)

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTING The assembly manual didn’t mention it, but I painted some hardpoints in black or black iron. If it’s different from the real, I aimed to improve the appearance like a model. Even though it’s a small plane, there are a lot of hardpoints.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 PAINTINGI finished a basic paint and applied a decal, but it looks like a toy than usual making. I guess it can’t be helped because it’s a plastic model, it has no texture. Is it better to do some weathering? I thought it would change a little if it had missiles and bombs, but it wasn’t. I may change my impression a little by adding inking the panel lines and washing.
(2020/02/11)

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK Come to think of it, it was my first time to make an airplane plastic model of a Hobby Boss. I have made some AFV plastic models and I didn’t have the impression that they were easy to assemble. This time it was easy. The impression is not so different from the Trumpeter models. I heard that Trumpeter and Hobby Boss are affiliated companies.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK After World War 2, the development of small carrier-based attack jet aircraft was delayed, and even after the Korean War, Reciprocating aircraft A-1 Skyraider remained the main attacker. The priority was to develop a jet fighter to compete with the MiG-15.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK Since the prototype of the A-4 first flight in 1954, the total number of 2,960 mass-produced aircraft in the production period of 26 years. Simplification of airframe structure and good maintainability were highly evaluated in many countries.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK The engine performance of the A-4E was improved from that of the A-4 C, and the nose was slightly extended by strengthening the electronic equipment and changing the shape of the air-intake.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK Recently, I watched again the Cuban Crisis theme movie “13 Days” and I noticed many airplanes such as the A-4, F-100 and B-52. It looks so real that it’s probably real fighters and bombers. The movie itself is very good.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK In actual fighting, it was used by US forces during the Vietnam War, Argentine forces during the Falklands War, and Israeli Defense forces during the Fourth Middle East War and the invasion of Lebanon. It had been deployed in more than 10 other countries.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK The clear epoxy putty is difficult to handle due to the adhesion of bombs, missiles, and fuel tanks, so I used instant glue. I don’t really like using instant glue after painting because there is a risk of whitening. The risk of whitening is reduced if no accelerator is used. In the first place, if the bomb and the hardpoint had been adjusted more accurately at the stage of assembly, epoxy glue would have been fine.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK The military equipment consisted of 2 fuel tanks, 2 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and 6 x 500-pound bombs, Mk. 82.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK The marking is U.S. Navy VC-1 (Fleet Composite Squadron One). The nickname was Blue Ali. The aircraft belonging to this unit provided training support for virtual enemy aircraft missions and on-board aircraft in target towing and fleet ECM training. The aircraft has a large blue band on its body, and the profile of a Hawaiian hero “Ali” is drawn in the center of a circle marked with stars.

A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORK A-4E SKYHAWK HOBBY BOSS 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe decal was thin and the color was good and it was easy to stick. But I don’t know if the shape is accurate compared to the real airplane. Also, domestic distribution is very expensive. It was very nice to have many kinds of bombs. It might have been necessary to add various runners because of the combination of runners in the variation development of the A-4 series.
(2020/02/13)

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