S u m m a r y
No. and Description
||VPD48004 - A-4 Skyhawk
online from Victory Models website|
||2 x decal sheets (1 x 11
1/8" x 8 1/2"; one partial sheet); Double-sided, full colour letter-sized sheets of
side profiles for all options; Double-sided, letter-sized sheets
of history and colour notes.|
||Excellent presentation of
impressive package; 10 marking options; bright markings on grey
and white; very helpful and attractive instruction diagrams and
notes; decals printed perfectly and with minimal carrier film.|
HyperScale is proudly supported by
Victory Productions’ fourth
foray into decal production covers Douglas A-4 C and E model
Skyhawks that took part in the early operations from the carriers on
Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf during the period 1965 to 1969.
the first thing you think when you see this decal sheet. Its sheer
size of 111/8" x 81/2" is certainly
impressive. Add to that the fact that the markings are all in
bright colours, completely cover the sheets (there are two of them)
and you are instantly impressed.
The impression of a quality
product is confirmed when you open the package and start to read the
separate, same-sized general notes sheet. This sheet provides you
with comprehensive notes on the different types of stencil data
carried by the A-4 as well as specific and exhaustive notes on each
of the aircraft on the decal sheet. These notes are a great help as
they not only guide you on what antenna were carried on the aircraft
and what stencil data it wore but it also gives you a potted history
lesson on the squadron, the aircraft and the pilot. The sheet also
incudes a comprehensive list of references – twenty of them in
In all, there ten different
Skyhawks covered on the sheet all of them finished in gull grey and
white with bright "in your face" markings. Here is what you get:
number 147681 of VA-94 Mighty Shrikes, USS Enterprise, June
number 148566 of VA-144 Roadrunners, USS Kittyhawk,
number 148576 of VA-126 Black Diamonds, USS Hancock, 1966.
number 149493 of VA-66 Waldos, USS Intrepid, 1968-69.
number 149993 of VA-72 Blue Hawks, USS Independence, 1965.
number 150118 of VA-46 Clansmen, USS Forrestal, 1967.
number 151073 of VA-192 Golden Dragons, USS Ticonderoga,
number 151134 of VA-163 Saints, USS Oriskany, 1965.
number 151165 of VA-86 Sidewinders, USS Independence, 1965.
number 152048 of VA-164 Ghostriders, USS Oriskany, 1967.
There are some famous
aircraft amongst them too:
The VA-192 aircraft was piloted by
LTCDR Mike J. Escotin when he won his Congressional Medal of Honour
in April 1967.
The VA-163 is the aircraft that was
being flown by CDR James B. Stockdale when he was shot down in 1967
and began his seven years of captivity which resulted in the award
of the Congressional Medal of Honour for his leadership and
inspiration to other prisoners during his captivity.
The decals have been
produced in Italy by Cartograf. They are beautifully printed and in
perfect register. The colours appear to be correct as well with the
of the VA-94 squadron markings being printed in the right shade of
orange. The suggested kit is the superb Hasegawa one. In fact the
decals have been tailored to fit it. The notes sheet states that
the decals can be used on other A-4 kits but don't guarantee that
they will fit as well. Attention to detail is obvious and is shown
through the provision of five different versions of the NAVY titles
and the four different rescue arrows. Different versions of
national insignia are also provided to take care of open dive brakes
and placement over in-flight refuelling probes.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The placement guide is in
full colour and like everything else in this package – LARGE! It
gives you a side profile of each aircraft as well as smaller part
profiles to show the other side of the aircraft as required. The
decals and instructions are packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
In summary, this is an
excellent effort from Victory Productions. If you are a Scooter fan
or a lover of gull grey and white camouflage with bright squadron
markings you are going to love this sheet.
Victory Productions for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2003 by
19 June, 2003
14 August, 2003
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