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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2019, 11:28:32 pm »
Love the idea of turning the Skyhawk into a fighter, did it with an Alternate Universe/Whiff country, a few times. What is that nose for your F.2?

It's a spare one from a 1/72 Matchbox Meteor NF.  After I did it, I realised I had a few spare Sea Harrier FA.2 noses that would have worked better.

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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2019, 11:31:09 pm »
Well done - those look great. There's something hauntingly familiar about the first one though...  ;D



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When I had the idea for this, I googled it and yours came up.....I decided not to use the wing tanks as mine was designed for the smaller fleet carriers, so take off weigh is being kept to a minimum. Also, they'd have to be jettisoned before tossing the bomb anyway.

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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2019, 11:35:02 pm »
Interesting.  It would be easier to view the images if you limited their size when posting by adding "width=800" to the first [img] tag.

I have no idea how to do that

When you are placing the link to your photos in your post, edit the first [img] tag to be [img width=800].

Done...thanks

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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2019, 03:29:16 am »
That'd be a "no", mate, & the only A4-E(or F/G) I can find readily available in 1/72 on line is the HobbyBoss one at $52.50 from BNA Models, & I have no idea how accurate that kit is.
The old ESCI A-4E/F has a separate "hump" and usually does no sell at such outrageous prices. In fact, some boxings of this omit the extra sprue with the hump and things under the wings altogether.

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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2019, 05:06:53 am »
Actually, Ed Heinemann designed a neat little aircraft (just don't tell FAAMAN I said that ;)).


You'll notice the differences here, I think;

A-4B


A-4G


The A-4G has a different engine, longer, pointier nose, kinked IFR probe, 2 more wing hard-points & a couple of extra antenna fins

So, basically a different nose then, from the panel line forward from the cockpit?
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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2019, 05:08:16 am »
The intakes are different too, with boundary layer splitters on the G, presumably because of the larger engine.
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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2019, 05:33:07 am »
The intakes are different too, with boundary layer splitters on the G, presumably because of the larger engine.

Yep:

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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #37 on: September 11, 2019, 06:04:49 am »
I've always thought it's a neat, attractive aircraft. Up for the job as well  :thumbsup:
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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #38 on: September 11, 2019, 07:42:19 am »
The intakes are different too, with boundary layer splitters on the G, presumably because of the larger engine.

Oh, yeah, forgot them! :banghead:
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Re: RN Skyhawks
« Reply #39 on: September 11, 2019, 04:52:21 pm »
I've always thought it's a neat, attractive aircraft. Up for the job as well  :thumbsup:

I agree - there's something 'right' about it, isn't there?

It's certainly seen plenty of action: Vietnam, Yom Kippur, Falklands. The only criticism I've heard is from American pilots, some of whom thought it wasn't very damage-resistant, i.e. one-hit-and-you're-gone. However I suspect that that's common to any small warplane, not just the Skyhawk, and is only apparent in an air force that also includes things like Phantoms and Thuds.
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