by John Pearson
Here is my TA-4J in 1/48th scale. The aircraft is a TA-4J of VX-4.
Since there are no accurate TA-4 Slyhawks in 1/48 I decided to create my own. For some reason I don't seem to have the ability to build anything out of the box anymore.
The kits used are the OA-4M and the A-4E Skyhawks from Monogram. I guess I am a Monogramaholic!
I started the project by acquiring the kits off Ebay, paying the minimum amount through patience. I got the idea through fellow Hyperscalers. To cut a long story short, I cut the fuse;age behind the intakes and used the forward half of one of the drop tanks of a 1/48th Thud that I have to create the rear of the canopy fairing. A little putty here and there and voila!
I used Superscale decals and Modelmaster enamels to finish this model. This particular bird is in the Colorful Skyhawks of Detail and Scale Publications. I used my personal photos for detailing.
This is a project that anyone could complete. I don't feel like donating funds to Hasegawa or having to wait for another manufacturer to produce this variant. If anyone would like to try this, please email me and I will help with what I did to achieve this result.
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