Here is my 1/48 scale Hobbycraft A-4M 'Marine Skyhawk'.
For those looking for a more in- depth take on this kit you should
read Jay Chladek's fine review on Modeling Madness in their 'Kit
This model has been built pretty much right from the box.
I did use some of the smaller pieces left from my build of the
Hasegawa A-4E/F kit (antennae, tail pipe, guns, 'chute housing, and
The basic aim of the project was to build a model with a minimum of
flaws and get a good paint job on it -the KISS theory. This is the
kind of kit that's a test of your basic modeling skills- the nose
section and the avionics hump are separate pieces and must be
blended in. The cockpit is very basic and I didn't try to do
anything with it other than drybrushing and adding a few [colored]
The Hasegawa seat helped immensely.
Painting and Markings
The upper/lower scheme was done with Model Master Light Ghost Gray
and Model Master RLM 63 Lichtgrun- a quite light gray with none of
the slight bluish tinge of LGG. Simple hand-held card masks were
sufficient for this. A medium gray acrylic wash was applied only at
the control surface lines, along with a bit of pencil-work here and
The SuperScale decals worked well over several coats of Testor's
Glosscote 1261- even over the vortex generators, which are not as
pronounced as the ones on the Hasegawa or Monogram kits.
This kind of project I like to think of as 'workman-like' ; basic
modeling homework done on an 'average' sort of kit. Like the
baseball adage, I didn't 'try to do too much with it'.
As usual, these pics were taken with an Olympus C-5500 Zoom 5 mp.
They've been adjusted for brightness/contrast and color balance.
The 'night scene' was done using the 'high pass' function in PS,
with a touch of 'lens flare' at the warning lights and blurring at
the exhaust area. Lots of fun.