Ayit (Eagle) Conversion
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|CEC48323 - A-4N Ayit (Eagle)
|Contents and Media:
||19 parts in grey resin, 3 parts in
||May need to purchase additional sets
to complete the conversion
Reviewed by Dave
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Israel has a long history with the A-4 Skyhawk,
using two unique single-seat versions, 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. Designed for the Hasegawa A-4E/F kits, this new conversion from
Cutting Edge is designed to make the A-4N version, which was based on the A-4M
airframe. One obvious difference between the M/N version and the earlier E/F
version is the new canopy and windscreen. The canopy was larger, slightly wider,
and had a revised frame line at the rear, and the windscreen featured a center
section with straight frames instead of the oval center section of the earlier
single seat A-4 versions.
Most of the parts are the same as those in the CE A-4H conversion (CEC48322)
previously reviewed here on Hyperscale. Carried over from the previous set are:
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
braking parachute fairing.
receivers (RWR) for the underside of the nose and the sides of the tail.
Large right side
mid-fuselage air intake associated with the uprated J52-P-408 engine fitted to
all A-4Ns. Note that the new engine installation 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” conversion (CEC 48316)
The new “N” specific parts consist of the
New cockpit sections
required by the new windscreen and canopy. The cockpit area must be cut out of
both fuselage halves in order to fit the new parts. The new resin fuselage
sections are detailed on both the exterior and interior. Some careful trimming
and test fitting are recommended when removing the sections of the kit fuselage,
especially on the right side, where the cut line runs just above the channel for
the refueling probe.
Also cast in clear
resin, a KB-18A strike camera which was located in the rear of the left landing
gear fairing. This modification resulted in the red anti-collision beacon being
moved to the right landing gear fairing. The strike camera was also fitted to
Although not in the
set I have, there should also be some Black Magic masks for the new canopy and
windscreen. These were not ready in time for the release of the sets at the US
IPMS Nationals, but Scott has indicated that the masks will be sent out to those
who have purchased the set and want them when they are ready.
The instructions also recommend the addition
of CE’s A-4M cockpit set (CEC48334) for the instrument panel coaming and canopy
jacks. Although the cockpit set is not absolutely required, some sort of
replacement coaming must be made or obtained as I’m told that the kit part (D3)
will not fit the replacement upper fuselage sections. On more item of note, the
set only is designed to build one of the metal nose A-4Ns. Some A-4Ns has a
clear bubble at the tip of the nose for an Angle Rate Bombing Sensor (ARBS), so
check your references for the particular Ayit you are building.
At the time of this writing, Hasegawa hasn’t
made any official announcement on whether they will be expanding their Skyhawk
line to include the A-4N version. For those who can’t wait, the CE set is
available now for your building pleasure.
Review sample kindly provided by Meteor Productions.
Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
Review Copyright © 2001 by Dave
Page Created 17 August, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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