Hasegawa's 1/48 scale A-4C Skyhawk is available online from
Here is my 1/48 Ayit. It is based on the gorgeous A-4
Skyhawk model recently released by Hasegawa.
Construction straight from the box is fairly straightforward,
although there are many tiny parts to add at the end (antennae,
hooks, ECM fairings, nav lights, etc...). Now this project was
far from being easy, since I had to make a number of
modifications to the base model.
First I installed Aires cockpit. The parts are beautiful but
the fit is horrible, so once the tub and back decking is in
place it is nearly impossible to close the fuselage halves. I
closed them by force with a generous amount of super glue and
zap-kicker. This job done I had to graft the extended exhaust
pipe that Israelis added during the Kippour war. This part was
taken from Hobbycraft A-4 and believe me, the fit wasn't that
nice either! A lot of putty and sanding was required tu
integrate it properly. Since the shape wasn't accurate enough to
my eyes (the pipe is too long and not tapered enough), I
modified it and also added Hasegawa's inner pipe inside. Again a
lot of cyano, sanding and polishing was necessary to obtain a
Another delicate task was to identify all the specific
antennae mounted on the Israeli Ayit. Quality pictures of these
aircraft are not easy to find. I identified a number of items
that I picked either from Hasegawa's leftovers or from
Hobbycraft parts. The 30 mm gun pods were also taken from HC
model, but as I compared them to the real parts I noticed that
they were wrong in shape. I corrected them accordingly using
cyano and again a bit of sanding... Their barrels are made of
The landing gear legs were slightly detailed with thin piping
(yep, I hate doing this!)
This model was painted using pictures I found on the web,
especially one featuring a pair of training aircraft flying in
Paints are from Gunze range, straight from the bottle, except
the red used for the nose and rudder that is base on bright red
with about 20% of fluorescent orange to simulate the "near-dayglo"
paint (althought the difference is nearly invisible on most
pictures I took...). The scheme was quite complex to spray
(freehand) but with a properly thinned paint and a bit of
method, it can be done without much trouble.
The decals are from SkyDecals (purchased from FlightDecs)
sheet n°1 and were very easy to apply over a gloss coat. My only
concern is that the red of the intake warning didn't match my
paint... Too bad, too late! A nice coat of Aeromaster flat
sealed them once and for all.
The bombs also come from the Hobbycraft kit and are very
nice. They're hung underneath a Hasegawa TER taken from their
Weapons Sets. When I have time, I'll add one or two Sidewinders
to complete their loadout..
In the end I'm glad I finished this one. It was quite a
challenge built over two months, but I am quite satisfied with
the result. It adds a lot of colour to my showcase, between my
Ukrainian Flanker and my Sabre.
Now, I'll have to make a couple of Adversary Scooters to get
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