Douglas A-4F Skyhawk 1:350 scale
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The delta winged, single-engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. The first A-4A rolled out for engine run-up in February 1954 and the last A-4M was accepted by the Navy in February 1979, the 2960th A-4 produced. The A-4F was similar to the A-4E, but with the addition of nose wheel steering, wing lift spoilers, and the upgraded Escapac 1-C3 ejection seat. The "bent" aerial fueling probe first appeared on the A-4F, which also featured the characteristic avionics pod "humpback" configuration. Fleet deliveries of the A-4F began in early 1967 and a total of 147 were manufactured.This 1/350 scale model of the A-4E Skyhawk features 35 parts and was designed to provide the modeler with multiple options for displaying the model. Gear are provided both extended, for displaying the model taking off or landing, and compressed, for displaying the model on the deck, and gear doors are provided for displaying the model in-flight with gear up. Arresting hooks are provided in the down and up positions and speed brakes are provided closed or engaged. Both straight and bent aerial refueling probes are provided, but the airframe was designed for the straight probe. The canopy is printed in clear plastic and includes a single piece for displaying it closed, and two pieces for displaying it open. Payload includes two AGM-12 Bullpup missiles, two AGM45A Shrike missiles, two single Mk82 500lb bombs, two 3-packs of Mk82s, a 6-pack of MK82s, two 200 gallon fuel tanks, and a 450 gallon fuel tank. A file containing VC-1 decals for the model is available. Other variants of the A-4, including the A-4E, A-4F Blue Angel, A-4M, TA-4F, and OA-4M, are also available.