1/48 Classic Airframes TA-4J Skyhawk

Gallery Article by Sodasorb on Aug 19 2020



This is the 1/48 TA-4J Skyhawk "Aggressor" limited run offering from Classic Airframes. The Classic Airframes Kit is nicely detailed and offers resin parts for the cockpit, exhaust, tires and wheel wells. 

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The kit offers four TA-4J Aggressor schemes and one of the reasons I purchased the kit was for the VC-8 Redtails scheme. VC-8 was the last U.S. Navy operator of the A-4 Skyhawk and I used to see their aircraft daily when I lived in Puerto Rico. The kit decals are for the Commanding Officer's mount who happened to also be my neighbor. 

VC-8 had two versions of TA-4J camouflage: one in a brown/tan scheme and this kit's offering in an Air Superiority Blue/FS35109 Blue scheme. This kit was a challenging build as is the case with many limited run kits. The tricky part of my build was the thinning of the resin MLG wheel wells to get them to fit and the bottom mating of the aft fuselage. The aft fuselage took plenty of filler and sanding to make it presentable. The only addition to the kit are the blade antennas on each side of the vertical stab using plastic card. This Skyhawk is another welcome addition to my Naval Air collection. 


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Photos and text by Sodasorb