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CD48177 - 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk - Part 1

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CD48177 will be a 1/48 sale sheet dedicated to the A-4M Skyhawk, hopefully the first in a series of Skyhawk sheets. I have a few options in mind, but will be open to your suggestions of A-4Ms that have not been made in decal form before. Only USN / USMC options on this first sheet.

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A-4M 158413 bort #31 from VF-126 around the 1992 or 93 time frame.  

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I propose you set up a sheet with high-viz and another with low-viz M's. Plenty of nice high-viz schemes that have been under-represented to date 🙂

 

VMA-214 with the blue rudder on light gull gray over white is one I would like for sure 🙂 Another is VMA-211 Wake Island 

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I vote for anything low-viz, I am not sure what has not yet been done recently, but the very late stage A-4 in marine corps service is a fun weathering challenge. 

Edited by Kurt H.

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The A4Ms have been pretty well covered in 48 scale. How about a Lo Viz A4M and OA4M sheet in 32nd scale?

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9 hours ago, Niels said:

I propose you set up a sheet with high-viz and another with low-viz M's. Plenty of nice high-viz schemes that have been under-represented to date 🙂

 

VMA-214 with the blue rudder on light gull gray over white is one I would like for sure 🙂 Another is VMA-211 Wake Island 


Can’t believe Wake Island has not been done - are we sure? Thanks to all of you for the suggestions - a couple of them were in my plans but many were not.

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Wake Island has been done - but for A-4F's, not Mikes as far as I know. 

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I count 5x A-4M 1/48 decals available for VMA-211, 3x low viz and 2x hi viz.  

 

FurBall Aero #48010: A-4M, 159780, CF/01, VMA-211, 1989  Lo-viz TPS

Superscale #48-192: A-4M, 159781, CF-18, VMA-211, 1981 Lo-viz TPS

Superscale #48-823: A-4M, 159481, CF-6, VMA-211, 1975 Hi-viz

Superscale #48-969: A-4M, 159488, CF-4, VMA-211, 1977 Hi-viz

TwoBobs #48-093: A-4M, 158185, CF-07, VMA-211, Lo-viz TPS (two version with light and dark codes and insignia)

Edited by Dutch

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OK, then I was wrong - I can live with that 😉 Still many high-viz schemes to be done 🙂

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A-4M VMA-214 Blacksheep Hi-viz was included in Hasegawa 07233 (PT33) kit decals.  Also available by:

 

Cutting Edge #CED48194: A-4M (early) 158432, WE-6, VMA-214 Hi-viz (early 1970s)

FurballAero #48010: A-4M 160030 WE-01  MCAS Yuma, AZ 1989 TPS 

TwoBobs #48-093: A-4M, 160027, WE-03, VMA-214, Lo-viz TPS

Edited by Dutch

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Adversary A-4Ms are covered by Fightertown Decals #FTD48-026; Fight's On decals #FOD48002; & TwoBobs #TBD48-132. 

Edited by Dutch

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NWEF A-4M decals are available from Microscale in 1/72 on #MS72-227.  I thought they scaled them up to 1/48 as well?

Edited by Dutch

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I don't know that I have ever seen these markings done.

 

 

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Edited by RCarlson

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I will definitely do VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers - it may have been done before, but it seems to be sold out and I think I could do a bit better. Please keep the suggestions coming. 

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3 hours ago, RCarlson said:

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While I agree that more Bulldogs loving is needed, this jet has already been covered

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There is always the VMA-223 jets when they had the  VMA-331 tail colours. Pretty sure these haven't been done (AFAIK)

 

https://www.airfighters.com/photo/214105/M/USA-Marines/McDonnell-Douglas-A-4M-Skyhawk/160256/

 

There are other examples of this scheme, but this is on a "Super Mike" A-4M.

Edited by CraigSargent

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The main issue to be careful of is whether the aircraft is a Mike or a Super Mike. Only Hasegawa have released the kit as a Super Mike, but it was limited edition and long out of production. The easiest way to tell the Super Mike is the enlarged landing gear doors, and the scissor link on the MLG legs, if you can see them. The BuNo is also a giveaway if you know which ones to look for. These were BuNo 160036 and the final production batch of 160241-160264.

 

Hasegawa Super Mike sprue from kit 09611

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Blast from the past.  McDD A-4M Production line-up of A-4 #2,500 plus others at El Segundo circa 1970/71.

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Wow such great news Kursad. You can tell I am excited for this as in my forum name, it is my favourite aircraft. I have many Skyhawk sheets but for some reason not many for the A-4M versions. I think it was probably because not many kits at the time. Lots of E/F versions though.

 

Looking forward to this and I better get off my butt and pick up the sheets you have now so it is not a big hit down the road when this comes out.

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