Hasegawa model in 1/72 scale kit review and build report by Meindert de Vreeze
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|The Hasegawa kit of the Douglas A-3
Skywarrior was issued around 1998. Previously, only some very old kits
such as from Revell in an odd scale were available and a Rareplanes 1/72
The Hasegawa kit is excellent although rather simple with only the major parts being provided in this quite expensive kit. The kit, no. K41 depicts a A-3B Skywarrior of the US Navy with a choice of decals for a VAH--11 and a VAH-10 aircraft of the US Navy in the common gull grey /white scheme.
The 1/72 kit has a very good fit and
good panel details and will get you a nice quite big model.
. fuselage comparison, Hasegawa's A-3 on top
Derived from the navy version of the A-3 also a USAF variant was made, the B-66 Destroyer. It has externally some differences to the A-3:
different cockpit area
other rear tail area
yehudi (being a chord extension at trailing edge) of the inner wing
different slat layout
Detailing was done on the A-3 by cutting also out the air brakes. Plastic pieces of cart cover the holes with some panels being inscribed .
The A-3 received it first coat of white;
note cut out leading edges and flaps
I assembled the A-3 and this gave no problems.
|The A-3 Skywarrior was given its
white underside colours and the upper FS36440 gull grey coat. I sprayed
a lot of models at the same time, namely the A-3's, A-4's, F-14 and parts
of the A-6 intruders.... this saves lots of time!
The slat leading edge areas undercoat was also made white and painted red later on.
Cockpit now awaits the seat belts and the instrument decals. The canopy will than be fitted with some white glue to fill up the gaps and the edges/framing painted.
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