1/48 A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" Ltd. model kit

HSG09926  from HobbyLink Japan http://www.hlj.com/

Product Article by Nick Moore on Nov 30 2010


Hasegawa have brought out their 1/48 A-4E kit in “Top Gun” colours. This great looking aircraft is well suited to the colourful paintjob and clean airframe of an aggressor fighter and Hasegawa’s A-4 is a quality kit.

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There are some stand-out features on the kit. Engraved and raised surface detail on wings and fuse is very clean and restrained. The undercarriage bays contain as much detail as anyone could reasonably ask for in one piece injection molded plastic parts. Control surfaces have not been provided as separate pieces but are so well defined at their connections to the main planes, vertical and horizontal stabilisers they appear separate - the rudder is particularly crisp. The inner surfaces of the air brakes are pretty nicely done for plastic. The padded cockpit interior shows nice depth to its finish. Yeah it’s nice work…


You get just two marking options for the Fighter Weapons School in this kit but of course there are more decal options out there in the market. But these box ones do look pretty hot:

  • No.55 BuNo 151095 of Lt Michell “Mick” in green, tan and sand.
  • No.56 BuNo 150023 of Lt Mark Jackson “Action” in gray and gray/blue..


Ok so nothing new in plastic and just a few new decals and a nice photo in place of actual box art but still…how can you go wrong by buying a model of this beautiful plane?


This kit can be purchased here:  http://www.hlj.com/product/HSG09926


My thanks to HobbyLink Japan (http://www.hlj.com/) for providing this review sample.

Nick Moore

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Photos and text © by Nick Moore