Hasegawa model in 1/72 scale kit review and modelling report
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Hasegawa kit of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior was first released in 1998,
and at that time, only a few old kits, such as the Revell kit in an
unusual scale and the Rareplanes 1/72 vacuform model, were available.
The Hasegawa kit, no. K41, depicts an A-3B Skywarrior of the US Navy,
and comes with a choice of decals for a VAH-11 and a VAH-10 aircraft in
the common gull grey/white scheme.
While the Hasegawa kit is
excellent, it is rather simple, and only provides the major parts in
this expensive kit. However, with some modifications, you can create a
nice, large model.
The fuselage comparison shows Hasegawa's A-3 on top, while the wing comparison shows the Hasegawa A-3 and Italeri B-66 kits.
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.
- longer engine nacelles ;
- different cockpit area ;
- other rear tail area ;
- yehudi (being a chord extension at trailing edge) of the inner wing;
- different slat layout
In parallel, also the Italeri kit of the A-3 family member the B-66 Destroyer was tackled. Check the B-66 kit out here...
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. 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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