Zotz has issued a decal set for the 1/32 Trumpeter A-4M skyhawk kit, containing decals for 4 different USMC airframes. The set contains a booklet with illustrations for two static display airframes, both from USMC reserve squadron VMA-131 Diamondbacks. Bureau Number 160024 is on display in Havelock, NC while Bureau Number 158182 is on display in Willow Grove, PA. The other two Skyhawks featured in this set are VMA-331's 158189 and VMAT-102's 159491.
There are only enough markings to do the
The packaging and decals themselves are gorgeous; however, some of the text contained within the booklet is incorrect as pertains to descriptions of some of the airframes. For instance, it describes 160024 as having been part of the Skyhawk batch with enlarged doors but this is incorrect. The so-called "Super Scooters"-Bureau Numbers 160241-160264 were the only ones to receive beefed up main tires/landing gear that necessitated enlarged gear doors. This airframes change was due to the increase in weight that necessitated beefing up the main struts and increasing the size of the tires; this required modifying and installing bulged main gear doors to enclose the larger tires.
The other incorrect information has to do with the nose configuration of the
In conclusion, the Zotz sheet is a welcome addition for those of us who love the
A-4 and who plan to build a bunch of the Trumpeter kits.
I would like to see Zotz issue a correction with the "Marines" decal for
Max Tollens Jr.
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