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  1. Wow. If you still have one of those Steel Beach A-4B conversions, I think that's the way to go Masterguns. I don't they're being produced anymore and I think they were made to fit the Hasegawa A-4C kit anyway. I thought you were trying to go from A-4E back to A-4B/C. A-4B to A-4C is a much less of a challenge. The biggest challenge there would be getting a Hasegawa A-4C/L and you already know how that song goes...
  2. @ Gunny - there are more differences with the A-4B/C from the later Skyhawks than just the nose. So I guess the answer is "it all depends how accurate do you want it and how far are you willing to go to make it accurate?" Other than just the nose, the other visual difference is the intakes. The A-4E and later Skyhawks have a splitter plate that results in a small gap between the intake and fuselage. The intakes on the earlier Skyhawks had a simpler arrangement without the splitter plate and the fuselage to the intake being a continuous surface. The Hobbycraft A-4 h
  3. Short answer - No. Get a 1/48 F-4C/D kit instead of kit-bashing from 2 F-4 kits. Long answer - Not without some degree of work. If you overlay the Hasegawa F-4B and F-4E wings, you'll see that the dimensions of the parts are slightly different. This is noticeable at the wingroots where the intakes, wings, and AIM-7 wells all come together. If you do mind the mix of raised and recessed panel lines, you'd end up rescribing the F-4B wings to make them match. Rather than kit-bash them, it would be a shorter path to trade both the kits you have for a 1/48 F-4C/D kit. Hasegawa F-4C/
  4. So afterwards you'd be called "Lefty" and the event would be forever known as "Lefty's Push"?
  5. The F-4 ladder can be extended by a switch in the cockpit, but it works/worked on gravity. It has/had to be pushed up from the outside to stow it. The ladder can't be retracted in-flight.
  6. I know the OP asked about the color, but just passing along some info. The airframe is now on display on the former-USS Midway so there are plenty of pics of it that can be found on-line. The last time I saw it, it still retained the ES-3A doors on one side and the extra antennas. Due to COVID restrictions, the museum is currently not open. Another image of the jet with those markings are on this page -> LINK and the jet was definitely painted in one overall color when it had those markings.
  7. Here's another way to look at it. When we were younger, a $50 kit wasn't something we could NOT afford with our weekly allowance/ paper route money/ grass-cutting profits. Now that we're older, a $50 kit now more easily attainable. (Don't get me wrong, $50 is still $50 and ain't exactly pocket change.) Instead of saving up to buy $50 kits, we're saving up a paper route/ weekly allowance/ grass-cutting profits to buy more expensive kits that we can't buy right away. If we try to put ourselves into the mindset of "your inner child getting a reward" instead of "I gotta work how many hours
  8. Just a "thought exercise"... The masters/molds for couple of aftermarket lines were acquired/purchased and sold under the "True Details" brand. Off the top of my head, KMC and Just Plane Stuff are 2 examples. True Details also detail sets that originated with them. (Examples being the F4U-4 cockpit for the Academy Corsair and the F-14A cockpit for the Monogram kit.) If "True Details" = "Squadron", I wonder what happens to that old True Details aftermarket? Are we likely to see them sold off and someone else pick them up? If D-Rob had the desire and resources, those thing
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