A-4 Skyhawk

ITALERI 1/48 SKYHAWK COMEBACK Review Premium

ITALERI 1/48 SKYHAWK COMEBACK

The ex-ESCI 1/48 A-4E/F/G tooling has been re-released by Italeri, with a stunning new decal sheet, but with a mix of raised and engraved panel lines, it's ripe for a rejuvenation project.

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EXTRA IMAGES INSIDE: Collaborative construction and putting the detail in the devil make for another superb selection of reader projects.

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Decal Review: MILSPEC A-4E Skyhawk VA-152 'Wild Aces'

While later A-4s from VA-152 (nicknamed variously as Friendlies, Mavericks and Fighting Aces) are served poorly by kit manufacturers – just Fujimi’s 1/72 A-4B has markings for this squadron – there’s a thriving aftermarket scene, such as this example from MILSPEC for an A-4E assigned to the USS Shangri-La during the unit’s last operational cruise from March-December 1970.

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TOMCAT HAWK

Modellers with Fujimi/Hobby 2000, Hasegawa, Hobby Boss, Italeri and even Matchbox 1/72 A-4M Skyhawk II kits can use MILSPEC’s decals to replicate the livery of a VMA-311 jet, complete with an evil-looking tail motif depicting the unit’s ‘Tomcats’ namesake.