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||One full sized decal
sheet plus three supplementary sheets with white background decals; one
single-sided A-4 full colour instruction sheet; one double-sided A-4
stencil instructions and details
USD$14.00 from Two Bobs Decals
||Good selection of
subjects including the unusual "piggyback" TA-4SU trainer; detailed
documentation, artwork and descriptions on instructions; translucent white
decal markings on main sheet are supplemented with more opaque
replacements; decals thinly printed and in register.
||White stencil markings
on main sheet look very translucent.
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly supported by
Horizon ModelTech is a new company that will focus on
Singaporean and South East Asian Air Forces.
Their premiere release is "Singapore Scooters" in
1/48 scale. This sheet offers the choice of building any of ten
Singaporean Skyhawks. Five of the aircraft (including one of these
subjects depicted at two points in history) are finished in South East
Asian tan and two-tone green upper surface camouflage; while the remaining
four subjects represent any of the four "Black Knight 2" demonstration
The decal subjects are as follows:
A4S-1 977 of 142 Sqn, mid 1980s
A4S-1 929 of 143 Sqn, 1989
A-4SU 941 of 145 Sqn, 1998 (can
be built as A-4SU of 150 Sqn, France, 2000)
TA-4SU 905 of 150 Sqn, 2000
A-4SU 971 145Sqn, Tengah AB,
A-4SUs of RSAF Black Knights
Demonstration Team, 2000 (Markings for all 4 aircraft provided)
The markings are supplied on a
full-sized decal sheet. Printing is crisp and attractive. Unfortunately,
the white markings on the main sheet are almost transparent, so to their
credit Horizon ModelTech has included three smaller sheets with most of
the white markings reprinted in a strong opaque finish.
The instructions are really very
good, with a full colour painting guide including four helpful reference
photos, plus a double-sided stencil guide with descriptions of Singaporean
Skyhawks in general and the decal subjects in particular.
Singapore's Skyhawks were based on the A-4B and C variants
but were uniquely configured. These Scooters also underwent a refit
programme from 1986 onward. Hasegawa's 1/48 A-4C Skyhawk will be the basis
for an accurate A4S-1 Skyhawk or an A-4SU Super Skyhawk, but the modelling
project will be made simpler with the release of Horizon ModelTech's 1/48
scale Singapore Skyhawk resin conversion set in September, 2002. The set
will include an ADF hump, nose RWR, Auxiliary Air Scoop, Chaff/Flare
Dispensers, Front Instrument panel for A-4SU, extended in-flight
refuelling probe extension (metal), cannon blast deflectors and HUD frame.
This is a terrific premiere
package from Horizon ModelTech that should appeal to any Scooter fans or
modellers who like to build South East Asian Air Force subjects.
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Last updated 22 July, 2003
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