Treehugger Q: Does anyone know if this kit can be built into an Argentinian Skyhawk? Those don't have the hump back. Can't really tell from the manual, if there are unused parts to adequately replace the hump back on the model (apparently, there is a cavity near the tail fin, unsure if there is a part that fills that cavity).
I guess the decals for Argentinian military would have to be purchased separately.
Nathan Dempsey Holger - Part A13 is definitely the part that fills the gap when not using the hump.
Treehugger - top fin shape should be curved. This part is included in my kit on the A sprue. Canopy should match early variants and be slightly less bulged. This canopy is probably included in Hasegawa C model Skyhawks. The curved rod-like antennas on the side of the tail fin were resin parts in the Hasegawa special Argentine kit.
Augie Yeah, no this is not the Skyhawk you are looking for to make into Argentinian one
8. May at 16:04:14
Nathan Dempsey Thanks Augie. I did forget to answer the original question LOL
8. May at 16:18:10
Treehugger Oh, shucks. Well, I'll look for something else then. :| But thanks for the feedback.
8. May at 17:33:13
Augie Hehe no worries, I didn't realise I channelled Obi-Wan when I did lol
8. May at 20:26:16
Nathan Dempsey Grrrr...
Got me looking up Hasegawa C model Skyhawks on Ebay because I want to do a pair of Argentine Scooters myself. That special edition kit is going for a min of $100US!
9. May at 03:14:28
There are different types of argentinian skyhawks:
- Falklands era: A-4Q/P, based on early A-4B/C with specific antennas.
- Modern era: A-4AR, based on the A-4M, with a modified nose and specific radio/ECM antennas. A conversion set exists: A-4AR Fighthawk (Condor Decals 48030, 1:48)
Ron Garcia One of those models where everything went wrong: gluing a prominent piece the wrong way and noticing way too late to correct it, stepping on the canopy leaving a large crack down the length of it, doing everything I could to not knock off that tiny antenna on the rudder and then somehow knocking it off after it had been painted and decaled while gluing on the very last pieces (pitot probes, lights), etc. It was a relief to get this one finished! As far as the model itself, it was OK. Lots of parts for such a small kit. Instructions are a bit busy. The usual Hasegawa irritation of not including any external stores. Goes together easily except I had major issues trying to correctly seat the (avionics?) hump on the back. Next to my ancient Monogram A-4s, however, even with my self-inflicted errors, it looks light years ahead of them.
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