Monogram's 1/48 scale A-4E
by Bob Aikens
Canadair CA-4L Skyhawk
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The kit for this project
came from the stash of a friend-you know you just can't leave it sitting
there-you gotta build it!
I had a Two Bob's
Aggressor sheet and several high-vis possibilities, but finally settled
for a 'what-iffer'. (always lots of fun).
Almost every modeler
over a certain age must have tried at least one of Monogram's classic
1/48 scale A-4 kits. I think it may have been the original 1/48 Skyhawk.
Fujimi's single and twin-seater may have been earlier, but seemed a bit
[1/50?] smaller (1/50 scale?)
There are a number of
predictable fit problems-getting the intake areas blended, and filling
and blending the joint seam at the wing-slat areas.
This project was a bit
of a lark to begin with so I just steamed ahead straight out of the box.
The only additions were 2 rear-view mirrors from True Details.
two-tone Canadian Light and Medium Greys were Tamiya blends thinned with
that manufacturers thinner.
Glossing for decaling
was done with Testors Glosscote 1261.
For the Canadian markings I snaffled a few cuts from the (very generous)
Leading Edge CF-18 Hornet sheet.
All in all a bit of fun finished at about the time of the Winter
Virtual Scooter &
The delirium continues
as a profile image is created using a full-resolution 5mp side-on shot
of the finished model. Moved into PhotoShop 7 the image is cut out,
tidied-up, re-paneled and highlighted using the brush, line, and various
This being done, it
wasn't difficult to move on to a speculative Skyhawk II.
Fun, but missing the
tactile and nasal pleasures of real modeling...
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