A-4 models in 1/72 scale: kit review & modelling report
The Skyhawk was designed by Ed Heinemann from Douglas as a low cost small jet attack fighter to be operated from US Navy carriers. The A-4 Skyhawk had various modifications during its operational career and depending on the period and specific aircraft.
The A-4M that appeared 1970 has some mods with older Skyhawk versions:
Several A-4 kits will be made. The best way is to look at reference books and choose a specific type and model to make.
Some additionals are used such as Microscale decal set no.72-427 to get a choice of colours and lettering and smaller stencilling for the kits in 1/72 scale.
|The Italeri kit
#157 is a basic but good model of this little jet strike aircraft.
Italeri A-4M box
The kit is a nice compromise at low cost and can be made into a nice kit for the collection.
of the A-4M has most of the characteristics listed above incorporated. Two decal versions are
provided in the kit for US machines:
Italeri model being "in progress..." : painted in the standard (older) USN scheme of FS36440 Gull grey and lower FS36875 white . Enamels were used.
Scheme made: A-4M VMA 223 with yellow markings: reference Osprey book "Navy Attack" on page 62
The Italeri star-and-bars were
in my opinion too large, the Modeldecal ones OK but to dark in
- Navy Attack, Osprey series , Francillon, 1990
- USN Carrier Air Units, Squadron, Vol.3, Kasulka
- World Air Power Journal, Vol. 10
- IPMS NL A-4 walk arounds by my modelling friend Cees
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Created May 19, 2002;
updated March 2021