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Monogram's 1/48 scale A-4E Skyhawk
Canuck Scooters

by Bob Aikens

 

Canadair CA-4L Skyhawk
Hypothetical!



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Introduction

 

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?)

 

 

Construction

 

 

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.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

The 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 equinox.

 

 

The Fantasy Continues...

 

Virtual Scooter & Super 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 PS tools.

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...
 

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2007 by Bob Aikens
Page Created 18 May, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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