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||GG48-001 - Royal New
Zealand Air Force A-4G/K Skyhawks
GG48-002 - Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4G/K Skyhawks
||Each set has one decal
sheet; three double sided glossy A-4 colour instruction guide; three b&w
notes and stencil placement guide.
||AUD$25 each plus $3
postage and handling (approx. USD$15.80 total)
||Wide selection of
schemes, colours and markings; 20 subjects per sheet; excellent quality
decals with perfect registration and minimal carrier film; colours look
good; accurate schemes; attractive colour artwork; good quality notes on
individual aircraft and colours; some Aussie subjects also included.
||Some additional work
required on the Hasegawa A-4E/F for a totally accurate post-Kahu A-4K; I
will need to buy more Skyhawks!
HyperScale is proudly supported by
Gekko Graphics is a new company that has burst onto the
scene with two beautiful premiere releases. The subjects for the first two
decal sets are Royal Ne Zealand Air Force A-4G/K Skyhawks (1970-2001),
Parts One and Two.
For more than 30 years, these Kiwi Skyhawks graced the
skies of New Zealand and Australia finished in an interesting variety of
schemes. Most, if not all, of these schemes are depicted in the 40
subjects on these two decal sets.
The three basic aircraft types encountered on these two
the A-4K, a specific New Zealand
variant that originally carried the SEA finish on upper surfaces and light
the A-4G/K, ex-Royal Australian
Navy Skyhawks sold to New Zealand. Several subjects on the sheet represent
these birds in their Australian grey wraparound scheme. These, and the
A-4Ks mentioned above were later repainted in the European 1 scheme of two
greens and a dark grey.
A-4K Kahu, an upgraded Skyhawk
modernised to F-16 standard with glass cockpit, APG-66 radar, VHF antenna
behind the cockpit, ILS aerials either side of the fin and numerous other
early A-4K and A-4G/Ks may be modelled straight from the box of Hasegawa's
1/48 scale A-4E/F kit. The late A-4K Kahu will need some additional work,
primarily in the cockpit. Otherwise, most of the external modifications
are included in the A-4E/F kit.
In addition to the basic schemes mentioned above, very
late Kahus were finished in an overall green. One particular aircraft even
had low-visibility reversed green markings - very interesting!
Other oddities include an overall bare metal Scooter
called "The Bucket", complete with bucket artwork on the fuselage side;
and even a Kiwi A-4K that was left in Australia after a problem with bird
strike in 1984, only to have its owners return to find the tail adorned
with 75 Sqn RAAF's striking Magpie Squadron insignia on the fin!
Each set includes three double-sided, glossy, full colour
guides to the colours and markings. The artwork is produced to a very high
standard. Subtle details such as stains, varying shades of the same colour
from panel to panel and non-standard colours are depicted clearly and
realistically. Every one of the 20 subjects on each sheet is illustrated,
with notes on the colour pages supported by more detailed text on an
additional black-and-white page of notes. The three monochrome pages also
provide a stencil placement gude, ordnance painting and decal guide and
additional details about the paint.
The decals themselves are beautifully printed by Cartograf
in Italy. They are delivered with a minimum of carrier film and
registration is perfect on my samples.
Gekko Graphics' first release is very impressive.
Both sets are high quality, with helpful and attractive artwork and a very
professional presentation. These sheets have already inspired me to build
one A-4 Skyhawk, and there are others that I will have to build in
the future too - inspirational stuff here!
Thanks to Gekko Graphics for the review samples
Gekko Graphics decals are
available online from their
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