I 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.
This 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.
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.
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.
My 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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.