Conversions in 1/48 & 1/32
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|Contents and Media:
||18 parts in grey resin (CEC32072)
17 parts in grey resin (CEC48322)
||Excellent detail. Parts can be used
for upgraded Israeli A-4E/F models also.
Reviewed by Dave
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Some of the more popular variants of the A-4
Skyhawk have been those used by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Israel used two
unique single-seat versions of the Skyhawk, the A-4H and the A-4N, as well as a
number of ex-USN A-4E and A-4F aircraft provided by the US to make up for
wartime losses. Battle tested; the IDF’s A-4s have undergone a number of
modifications in order to keep them viable attack platforms over their 30+ years
of service, even after the procurement of later aircraft such as the Kfir and
Available in both 1/32 and 1/48 scale, these new conversions from Cutting Edge
are designed to be used on the Hasegawa A-4E/F kits to make the initial version
used by the IDF, the A-4H.
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Molded in CE’s now-standard grey resin, all
the parts are crisply rendered and defect free. Both of the sets include the
tailpipe fitted to all IDF A-4s after the 1973 Yom-Kippur War to reduce the
aircraft’s vulnerability to ground-launched IR guided missiles.
Two 30mm DEFA
cannon, each consisting of a barrel (hollowed out at one end) and the associated
containing the “Crystal” weapons delivery and navigation system avionics
package. This is the first version of the hump used on A-4Hs and is externally
similar to the one fitted to US A-4s. Late in life, the avionics fairing was
modified with the addition of an air intake and exhaust port on the right side
as used on the A-4N.
braking parachute fairing.
receivers (RWR) for the underside of the nose and the sides of the tail.
Large right side
mid-fuselage air intake used on aircraft upgraded with the J52-P-408 engine.
Note that the modification included the fitting of wider air intakes. These are
not included in the set and will require the purchase of Cutting Edge’s A-4F
“Superfox” conversions (CEC32065 or CEC 48316)
In addition, the 1/32 scale set contains the
Squared off tail fin
Plugs for the
original 20mm cannon positions.
Although not in the
preview copy I have, after talking with Scott Battistoni from Meteor
Productions, an addendum part will be added in the form of twin underfuselage
These items are not needed in the 1/48 scale
conversion as the necessary parts are in the donor kit.
underwent a series of modifications during their service life which changed the
external appearance of the aircraft. The final configuration of the A-4H was
quite different from the first aircraft delivered in December of 1967.
As initially ordered, the A-4H was a slightly modified and downgraded A-4F.
Externally, the avionics hump was not fitted, a braking parachute was added
under the tail, and the top of the vertical stabilizer was squared off at the
front with a small antenna added on top.
Like the A-4F, the A-4H was powered by the
Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8A engine and the initial A-4Hs delivered retained the
20mm cannon armament. The aircraft also had the straight refueling probe, which
remained unchanged throughout the aircraft’s IDF service.
The addition of all these modifications brought the original A-4H up to the
standard of the later A-4N. In addition, IDF A-4Fs were similarly modified to –N
The A-4Es received the gun, tailpipe, braking
parachute, and self-protection mods, but not the new engine or the avionics
package (many had the avionics hump when delivered, however this was empty and
was eventually removed in most cases). By the 1980s, nearly all of the single
seat A-4s had been upgraded and were very similar externally. Only close
examination of features like the fin tip (the -E/F aircraft retained their
curved fin tip), canopy and windscreen (different on the –N), and serial number
allows the modeler to positively identify the aircraft model.
This is an excellent conversion set for those
wanting to make an Israeli Skyhawk from the Hasegawa kits. The modeler can use
as few or as many of the parts as needed to model a specific era A-4H. Serious
IDF fans should consider also picking up the new Isradecals book on the A-4 as a
companion to help you model a specific Skyhawk.
Review sample kindly provided by Meteor Productions.
Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
Review Copyright © 2001 by Dave
Page Created 26 December, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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