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Hi All! Just finished this one up Sunday...

Took an A-4M Kit and ordered up the B Specific sprues from Hasagawa.

Other AM used was Superscale decals Quickboost Guns, Bombs from a HAS Weap Set and an Eduard Pit PE Set. Paints used were Mr Paint, Tamiya and Mr Color.

Thanks for looking

Dave

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Mind blown. Never thought of this, how much did the sprues cost and how'd you go about doing it?

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Build is great too!

 

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Posted (edited)

Thanks Brian!

 

Well the sprues cost around 20-25 USD. I downloaded B instructions from 1999.co.jp . It was a straight forward build... Pretty easy.... All ya need is a source for Hasagawa replacement sprues and a A-4M Kit.....

 

Here is the sprue index of the instruction sheet I used.....

 

you need Sprue M, G & K for a A-4B

 

And Sprue M,G and L for a A-4C

 

HTH

 

Dave

 

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Edited by Tomcat Tweeker

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Hello,

 

your A-4B looks good!

 

But are you sure you used an A-4M kit with -B sprues?! Since the fuselage halves of the A-4B and the A-4M are very different!

The intakes, various outlets on both fuselage halves and the shape of the cockpit - not only the canopy - are considerable differences!

There may be more....

Crafting the -B intakes to the -M fuselage needs some scratch building and "backdating" the cockpit shape of the -M to -B size also requires some scratch building.

Opening up respectively closing some outlets/exhausts is no big deal, also backdating the cockpit is doable since the A-4M kit contains the "early" cockpit parts (not sure if they are right for an A-4B) 

 

If you are gone this way your build deserves even more respect!

 

Best Regards, Jens

 

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For all the doubters out there.... Please refer to the below sprue maps. One from the M and one from the B/C......

 

As you can see.. ALL the basic airframe sprues are the same with the exception of the Model specific ones.......

 

Sprue G in the B kit handles the Intakes, Sprue K handles the Nose and IP.......

 

Hope this helps

 

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Hello Dave,

 

there is no doubt that this conversion can be done! When you say you did it, you did it!

(ten years back - before Hasegawa released the TA-4 - I converted an A-4E to a TA-4J using a Monogram OA-4M for the forward fuselage an canopy parts...)

 

I just wanted to point out that it is not just a "sprue mixing thing"!

Hasegawa released (at least?) four different fuselage: one for the A-4B/C, one for the A-4E/F, one for the A-4M and one for the TA-4.

(They released a lot of boxings - aggressors, foreign users, etc....- each with one of these fuselage)

For building an A-4B the way you did, at least the modifications I described in my previous post have to be done and you did a great job!

Ah - and you are right, the IP for the A-4B is on sprue K!

 

Best regards,

Jens

 

Edited by onescale

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Yea Jens I get it.....

 

But in this case..... The inaccuracies you mention are the fault of Hasagawa... Not mine. If one were to use a legit boxing of a B.... The same inaccuracies would be present. I never claimed to have fixed them. Just the fact I was able to build in a sense an OOB Hasagawa A-4B. So your implication that I didn't use an A-4M Kit was 100% unfounded..... And quite frankly...... Insulting.... If I had wanted ore needed the inaccuracies pointed out... I would have posted up in Critics Corner......

 

I am aware that almost 99% of all kits do not accurately represent the subject they are depicting.... And ya know what? It doesn't bother me....  I was able to build a reasonably accurate A-4B without spending a mint on Ebay for an A-4B Boxing. Sure looks like an A-4B To me and that is what matters.

 

Rant over....

 

Dave

 

 

 

 

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Dave,

 

I'm very sorry for hurting your feelings! This was not my intention! And there is no rant!

I'm afraid you misinterpreted my comments?! Or I failed with my statements (English is not my native language)! 

 

As stated before, your A-4B is well done an looks the part!! 

 

Sorry again and best regards,

Jens

 

 

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Fantastic build! The close up pics are particularly attractive. Learning quite a bit from this. 

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Thanks Jens.... I appreciate it..... All Good

 

Dave

 

 

13 hours ago, onescale said:

Dave,

 

I'm very sorry for hurting your feelings! This was not my intention! And there is no rant!

I'm afraid you misinterpreted my comments?! Or I failed with my statements (English is not my native language)! 

 

As stated before, your A-4B is well done an looks the part!! 

 

Sorry again and best regards,

Jens

 

 

 

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Thanks Heaps Janissary!

Dave

 

10 hours ago, Janissary said:

Fantastic build! The close up pics are particularly attractive. Learning quite a bit from this. 

 

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Nice build Dave.  Turning the nose wheel adds a nice touch.  Food finish.

 

Rodney

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Aren't there significant differences between the Hasegawa B/C and M fuselage pertaining to panels and openings mid fuselage?

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Thanks Rodney!

 

@ Model Guy

 

Yea there are.... All I did was follow the B Instructions and filled panel lines and holes that were called out as well as using the fuselage parts called out by the B Instructions..... Now as far as Hasegawa getting it right? I don't know.... But it looks pretty cool to me...

 

I think some folks just aren't getting the concept that the sprues for all three variants B,C & L from hasagawa are the same except for the nose, Intakes and clear parts.

 

Dave

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I'm building a C using an E kit with Steel Beach's conversion set.

 

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