This is Hasegawa A-4 Skyhawk pretty much straight out of the box, with the exception of a True Details seat. The build of the kit is absolutely beautiful, and it's been reviewed before, so I won't go in to that. I did have a bit of trouble with the tip of the nose lining up, but a spot of filler fixed that.
When the building aspect was finished, I began to look for a neat adversary scheme to put on it. I was able to find just 3 pictures of "Hawk 15" assigned to VF-45 in Key West, FL. Fortunately, I was able to get most of the design of the scheme from those pictures. I sprayed the entire model with MM Acryl Light Gray (FS 36495). After this came a coat of MM Acryl Light Ghost Gray on the underside. When that was dry, I cut out the wavy pattern using low tac blue masking tape. This tape is wonderful!
You can leave it on forever, and it won't leave behind any residue. This was actually the longest part of the project, though it was not difficult. I placed the tape masks where they belonged on model, then sprayed MM Acryl Dark Ghost Gray. When the paint was dry to the touch, I peeled off the masks and cleaned up any goofs. I used decals from the Hobbycraft adversary A-4 and from my spares box to get the markings for VF-45. It turned out to be a very eye-catching scheme.
Enjoy the photos.
Photos and text © by Darren Roberts