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I managed to pick up the 1/48 Eduard edition of the Hasgawa A-4E/F (with all of the "extras") cheap at Jaxcon in Feb. The kit WAS impressive in the box, so I decided to dig right in and build it immediately. BUT, I noticed it had enough pe parts to do two cockpits...so I decided I'd dig out an old 1/48 Monogram A-4E/F from the shelf and build it at the same time. To my delight, when I opened the Monogram box, there were pe parts, resin intakes, resin flaps, and resin seats inside it. So, that settled that! Two Skyhawks to go!

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The Monogram cockpit had to be modified, removing its molded in seat; and rebuilding the tub to accept the resin seat. That also made it easier to adapt the Eduard pe set for it too.Other than substituting the resin intakes and flaps for the Monogram parts, the rest of the build was OOTB. The Eduard was built OOTB, since it came with pe and a resin seat.

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The only other thing I did was a LOT of drilling and pinning for the ordnance. I HATE that most bombs and drop tanks don't have better, more secure glue points, making them easy to knock off later (usually when you're trying to hang them on the model!) So, I drilled and pinned all of the MERs, tanks, missiles, and bombs on both kits.

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It paid off though, as everything got hung in place with nothing coming apart!

I'll post pics of the finished models below!

GIL :cool:

 

 

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Here's the Monogram A-4E. Markings are from the huge Eduard decal sheet.

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All panel lines were done in pencil. I had to make an oval template using clear plastic in order to draw on the ovals on the wings in an equally neat manner.

GIL :cool:

 

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And the Eduard/Hasagawa kit....

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All in all, this was a fun way to knock out two builds at the same time. Comments, questions, and critiques welcome, as always. Cheers!

 

GIL:cool:

 

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Fantastic looking birds Gil!

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Good lookin' Scooters there, Gil.

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Blue Tail Flies...impressive.

Both look great Gil.

I am currently working on the 1/32 Hasegawa TA-4J kit of ancient vintage.  I hope it comes out as well as either of these two builds.

Bill

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Wow, two more sensational model Gil! Way to go! I commend you on your speed too; while stilling getting this high quality of finish.

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Love these jets. Well done, pinning all that ordnance - the result is mo'debly worth it.

Best lookin' version of the scooter, IMHO. Especially with those Blue-tail Flies markings. I wonder whether they exist in 1/72-?

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WOW! Bravo. Excellent!

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