The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The delta winged, single-engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. The first A-4A rolled out for engine run-up in February 1954 and the last A-4M was accepted by the Navy in February 1979, the 2960th A-4 produced. The A-4M was designed specifically for use by the U.S. Marine Corps and featured, among other things, a larger, increased-visibility canopy and a repositioned IFF antenna atop a squared-off vertical fin.
This 1/144 scale model of the A-4M Skyhawk features 40 parts and was designed to provide the modeler with multiple options for displaying the model. Wings are provided in the slats up and slats down positions. Gear are provided both extended, for displaying the model taking off or landing, and compressed, for displaying the model on the deck, and gear doors are provided for displaying the model in-flight with gear up. Arresting hooks are provided in the down and up positions and speed brakes are provided closed or engaged. Both straight and bent aerial refueling probes are provided. The canopy includes a single piece for displaying it closed, and two pieces for displaying it open. Payload includes two AGM-12 Bullpup missiles, two AGM45A Shrike missiles, two single Mk82 500lb bombs, two 3-packs of Mk82’s, a 6-pack of MK82’s, two 200 gallon fuel tanks, and a 450 gallon fuel tank. A file containing decals for the last A-4M produced (Bu. No. 160264) is available upon request. Other variants of the A-4, including the A-4E, A-4F, A-4F “Blue Angel”, TA-4F, and OA-4M, are also available.