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CD48216 - 1/48 US Navy A-7A/B


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I was able to fit five options on this one. There is obviously a separate stencilling/national insignia sheet and a black/white insert with the modex numbers and other black markings (not shown).

 

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10 hours ago, kozlok said:

I'll be on the lookout for an A-7 kit...excited to order and receive.

 

BTW, which kit are they sized for?

Hobbyboss I would imagine.

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3 hours ago, Rod D said:

That VA72 Corsair clinched it for me.  Checkerboard markings for the rudder?

 

Of course - as I mentioned. some of the black/white markings are on the insert that is not shown above.

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I looked at a lot of photographs and interpreted this to be black. However, insignia blue looks very close to black in many photographs and I may have been mistaken.

If anyone know for sure that these markings were black, it can still be sorted out with an insignia blue correction insert - please let me know.

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In the earlier picture I posted, it looked black.  In this shot, when comparing the letters, hawk and rudder checkerboards to the wing/stabilizer tips, the latter look lighter, more blue.  At least to me and my 55 year old eyes!

I hope others can confirm the correct color, because this is a classy Corsair scheme.

 

 

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I always understood the squadron markings to be a dark blue, not black.  All VA-72 decals I've seen done by other baby seals were also dark blue.

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The checkers, fin tip and wing tip color matches the red-white-blue on the fuselage stipes and insignia, hence I consider these blue.
While the eagle head and chevron appears black to me - also they align more with NAVY than the colored stipes on the fuselage. 

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On 7/16/2021 at 8:58 AM, Stephen said:

Hobbyboss I would imagine.

 

Yuck! Please, no!  With a bit of work, I believe the excellent Hasegawa kit can be converted to early Corsairs.  IIRC I think it was Steel Beach or someone who made conversion sets to backdate Hasegawa A-7Es.  I think Cutting Edge also made a set.

 

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I am by no means an expert, but the late A-7E CAG & CO Birds that flew in Desert Storm had black hawk chevron, with blue checkerboards, blue vertical tail tips, a blue actual hawk logo, and in some cases a red/white/blue fuselage/Langley stripe. I am doubtful that the squadron would go from black markings to blue to do a retro throwback scheme. Also, the squadron’s name WAS the Blue Hawks. Just my .02 - YMMV. 

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14 hours ago, JackMan said:

 

Yuck! Please, no!  With a bit of work, I believe the excellent Hasegawa kit can be converted to early Corsairs.  IIRC I think it was Steel Beach or someone who made conversion sets to backdate Hasegawa A-7Es.  I think Cutting Edge also made a set.

 

That would be ideal if either of those companies were still in business. 

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2 hours ago, Stephen said:

That would be ideal if either of those companies were still in business. 

 

You're right.  Hasegawa is quite capable of producing multiple variants of the same aircraft ( eg Zero,  Skyhawk, etc). I wonder why they didn't do the same for A-7 & F-8 Crusaders?  I think early versions of the A-7 & F-8 would be quite popular. 

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