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|Description and Catalogue Number:
||"Latin Eagles" Part I and V - Aztek
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||See text below
||Interesting subjects; different
variants covered; decals are thin and in perfect register; detailed
Reviewed by Scott Brown
Every so often on the Discussion boards I will see a question
regarding markings for the A-4 shyhawks used by Argentina during the
conflict over the Falkland Islands (for those of you in Argentina, you
will have to forgive my use of the Falkland Islands name. I have to call
it something, and that's how I know it. I mean no offense).
I have always been intrigued by the FAA (Fuerza Aerea Argentina) and
Argentinean Navy A-4s, both in terms of the interesting and colorful
schemes used on them, and the skill and daring in which they were flown
against the British during the war.
Argentina was the first non-US user of the A-4. In 1966 they bought
25 A-4s, and 25 more in both 1970 and 1976. These were ex-US Navy B and
C models, known as A-4Ps for the former US B models, and A-4Cs common to
both countries. In 1971 the Argentinean Navy received 16 A-4Bs, which
became known as A-4Qs. These were intended for use on Argentina's sole
aircraft carrier ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (25° de Mayo) commissioned in
1969, formerly HMS Venerable. The FAA lost 19 A-4Ps and Cs during the
Falklands war, and the Argentinean Navy lost 3 A-4Qs. They exacted a
heavy toll on Royal Navy warships, sinking HMS Ardent, Antelope,
Coventry, and LSL Sir Galahad, damaging several other Royal Navy
Aztec Decals has 2 sheets that cover the A-4s of Argentina during the
Falklands war, Latin Eagles I and Latin Eagles IV.
Click the thumbnails below
to view large images:
The FAA A-4Ps and Cs are on Latin Eagles I.
In it are markings for the A-4P credited with striking HMS Antelope
with a 1000lb. bomb. Standard FAA camouflage of dark green, brown, gray
undersides and yellow ID bands on the wings. Also are markings for 1 A/C
in 2 schemes, an A-4P that was all gray during the war, and was credited
with damaging HMS Argonaut and LSL Sir Galahad. Post war it was restored
to standard FAA camouflage, and those markings are included. The sole
A-4C on the sheet is camouflaged with the striking Brown and dirty white
upper surface and broad turquoise blue ID bands with light gray
undersurfaces. The markings are for C-318, credited with striking HMS
The sheet also has interesting schemes for Hawker Hunters from Chile and
Kfirs form Columbia.
Latin Eagles V covers the A-4Qs from the Argentinean Navy. Most navy
A-4s carried the standard US navy scheme of gull gray over white,
however, the sheet provides markings for 2 camouflaged Falklands planes,
and 1 dark gray post war craft. Markings are provided to do any of 9
different gull gray/white planes, incl. 4 of the 6 used in the 21 May
'82 attack that sank HMS Ardent in which all 3 Argentinean Navy A-4s
were lost, downed by Sea Harriers.
Argentinean A-4s have some unusual bumps and antenna configurations. FAA
and Armada A-4s carried a DF unit housed in a large bump on the spine,
and circular VOR antenna on the tail. These can be had either from the
HobbyCraft kit should you choose to use it, or from Aztec Decals as part
of a resin conversion. They provide the 2 different sizes for both FAA
and Armada, to be used on either the Hasegawa A-4 B or C, as well as 2
extremely nice resin noses for use on a Monogram kit. The large UHF/VHF
antenna directly behind the canopy can be made with sheet styrene.
Both these sheets are well researched, and cover both interesting
schemes and historic aircraft. The decals are printed in beautiful
register and color, are thin and easy to use. The instructions are well
designed and colorful. The decals have a flat sheen to them like Astra
decals, which had me worried, since I've had no luck getting those to
work. I used a couple from the Hunter markings, and they performed well
with both Micro-Sol and Solva-set, settling nicely into panel lines with
Hasegawa is due to release a Falklands war A-4 later this year, with
resin bumps and noses for both the B and C models, including the A/C on
these sheets, however if your level of satisfaction with Hasegawa decals
is the same as mine, you'll want these sheets!
For modelers on the trail of a Falklands war A-4, here is your answer.
Review samples purchased from Aztec Decals website
Aztek Decals may be viewed
and purchased on their website
Wartime shot of A-4Q 3-A-305 preparing to launch with 500 lb. high
drag snake eyes, apparently bound for HMS Invincible. This shows the VOR
antenna on the tail, and DF housing painted gray.
Peacetime in 1978 aboard Veinticinco de Mayo. 3-A-301 and 314
prepare for launch.
FAA A-4C. Color callouts on the instruction sheet call for main
gear and wheelwells to be painted sky blue FS 25550, as this shot seems
Pretty color shot aboard Veinticinco de Mayo, shows DF housing
unpainted on 3-A-309.
Wartime shot of C-243, showing the green/brown camouflage and
black DF housing.
3-A-301 preparing to launch. The smaller DF housing on navy A-4s
can be distinguished by the navigation light on the housing, while FAA
planes carried a larger housing with the light directly behind it.
2 FAA A-4s press an attack against withering AAA fire.
Link to Navy A-4 operations in the Falklands with
chronology of events.
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This Page Created on 22 February, 2004
Last updated 22 February, 2004
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