Caracal Models CD 72025: AF-1 (A-4M) Skyhawk

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$7.99 which includes US shipping


Scott Van Aken

For their next sheet, Caracal Models has done a pair of Brazilian Navy AF-1 Skyhawks. These planes are ex-Kuwaiti A-4Ks that were refurbished and sold to Brazil. They operate from Brazil's aircraft carrier Sao Paulo, which was launched in 1963 as France's Foch and sold to Brazil in 2000 to replace its 40 year old WWII era carrier. The Sao Paulo has been undergoing continuous upgrade of its various systems and will undoubtedly remain operational for many years to come. The AF-1 Skyhawks have also been undergoing upgrades to remain viable weapon stystems.

This particular sheet offers markings for two aircraft. One is a standard fleet aircraft while the other is a specially painted aircraft to commemorate 15 years of Skyhawk operations. This one will require a bit of painting on the part of the builder, especially the rear area. The special scheme plane is also in a gloss scheme using different greys than the fleet option. For kits, it appears that the Fujimi kit is the one recommended as the full color instruction sheet provides guidance on modifying that company's A-4M.

In all, a most welcome sheet for those who want something outside the norm.

September 2014

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