1/48 Hasegawa TA-4J Skyhawk

Product Article by Max Tollens Jr. on May 8 2009

 

PT07243/Retail Price $57.65

So, here's the new Hasegawa TA-4J in 1/48 scale; beaten to the market by 2 issues of Classic Airframes' own 1/48 TA-4Js this kit is still worth the wait.  You get 9 sprues worth of parts and decals for Navy Composite Squadron VC-1 and Training Squadron VT-7 high-viz schemes.  The quality is the same as the Hasegawa single seat Scooters and they'll be easier to assemble than the Classic Airframes' version.  There are no resin or metal parts.

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The "V" sprue appears to be a dedicated TA-4 sprue; it is the only one labeled as such where the others all say A-4 Skyhawk.  It contains parts for vertical tail antennae and boarding ladder fairing that lead you to believe there are future issues coming for Blue Angels and foreign Skyhawk operators like Australia, Brazil, Kuwait or New Zealand.  

I pre-ordered mine from DragonUSA for $42.26 and received free shipping. I'm looking forward to building this one! 

Max Tollens Jr.

Photos and text by Max Tollens Jr.