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Kiwi A-4K Skyhawk - FROG 1/72
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PostPosted: December 3rd, 2017, 10:50 pm 
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This one fought me somewhat, but I got there in the end. It was missing an air intake and its canopy, so some old-school modelling was needed to finish. The underlying kit is a FROG issue of the Hasegawa mould - I am told that there are shape issues, particularly around the nose, and that the hump is too rounded, but it is a good kit to assemble and it looks OK to me!

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Replacement air intake from Milliput, moulded using another kit and some silicon mould material:

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Replacement canopy, crash moulded again using another kit, Milliput and silicon mould, then acetate, a hair dryer and some force!

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Looks OK, but a little Tippex filler needed:

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And Voila: ....

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As always, everything is hand brushed using Humbrol enamels.

and finally, for comparison, I built the same kit a few years back as an A-4G, without a hump, but with decals courtesy of Modledecal:

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Sweet Scooter, Fred. Excellent work on the intake and canopy.



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Looks very good.


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Well tidy build as usual grengriz


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Very nice.

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Very nice indeed, Fred, including your work replacing the intakes and canopy.

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Great modelling skills to replace missing parts, and both look really good!

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That's a nice Kiwi Scooter Gengriz, at least it's a proper A-4K you've modelled, not an ex-RAN A-4G. I have photos of Kiwi A-4Ks at HMAS Albatross in 1982/83 dressed just like this.
The Hasegawa kit's nose is very off for shape along with the avionics hump and some other niggles, not the worst A-4, but not the best either.
The ESCI A-4E is still one of the best around (I have over 20 to do as RAN birds), far better than a "fat" Fujimi A-4 or this overly stretched Hasegawa offering.
Any RAN A-4G is a great A-4G!!!

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That's a very nice Skyhawk you put together. I really like the ingenuity shown in making the canopy and air intakes.


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Super result fred.

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Nice result Fred!

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Looks good!
This Hasegawa mould?


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novokits wrote:
Looks good!
This Hasegawa mould?


Yes. FROG F271 - 100,000 units produced in Japan by Hasegawa and sold by FROG from 1970-1974.


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Very bonny. The A-4 suits SEA camo.

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