This is a ready-made diecast model by Hobby Master Limited. The specifications of this product is as follows.
|Product Maker||Hobby Master Limited.|
|Product Series||1:72 Air Power Series|
|Product Name||Item No:HA1408|
DOUGLAS A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock "Lady Jessie"
|Dimensions||Length:17cm / Width:12cm|
|Price||5,184 yen in Japan|
*Ready-made display model (painted and assembled)
*Die-cast body with some plastic parts
*All markings by tampo printing
*Landing gears can be removed for flying position (gear covers included)
*Pilot figure NOT included
*Display stand included
Shape, Painting and Markings
SHAPE AND DETAILS
本モデルは実機に忠実なアウトラインを持ち、精密な彫刻と正確なパネルラインが施されています。 スミイレは初期のホビーマスター製品によく見られるものです。 これらは1/72スケールのダイキャストモデルとしては十分なものです。
This model has the outline which is exactly the same as the real plane, and moreover, this has detailed surface and accurate inked panel lines. There are inked panel lines in early products of Hobby Master's. It is enough for 1/72 scale diecast model molding.
PAINTING AND MARKINGS
The painting and markings are excellent too. During the Vietnam War, the color scheme of U.S. Navy and Marine's plane was light gull gray uppers and white under surfaces.
about real plane
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
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. It was originally designated A4D under the U.S. Navy's pre-1962 designation system.
The Skyhawk is a lightweight aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a top speed of more than 600 miles per hour (970 km/h). The aircraft's five hardpoints support a variety of missiles, bombs and other munitions and were capable of delivering nuclear weapons using a low altitude bombing system and a "loft" delivery technique. The A-4 was originally powered by the Wright J65 turbojet engine; from the A-4E onwards, the Pratt & Whitney J52 was used.
Skyhawks played key roles in the Vietnam War, the Yom Kippur War, and the Falklands War. Sixty years after the aircraft's first flight, some of the nearly 3,000 produced remain in service with several air arms around the world, including from the Brazilian Navy's aircraft carrier, São Paulo.
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About "Lady Jessie"
During the 1950’s the future A-4 pilot Dick Perry was a university student who worked part-time in Reno Nevada casino. While working there he became friends with another worker and his wife who treated Dick like a son.
Dick graduated from university and joined the USN completing pilot training and reporting to the VA-164 “Ghost Riders” in January 1966. The motherly woman kept in close contact with Dick and sent care packages with enough pastries for the rest of VA-164 as well. Dick managed to have a squadron party in Reno and it was held in the hotel and casino that the man and woman who had befriended Dick now owned. The couple soon became well known for their hospitality.
A very close attachment grew between the woman and the men of VA-164. She became more a part of the “Ghost Riders” when Dick named his A-4 after her.
On August 31, 1967 tragedy struck when LCDR Dick Perry’s Skyhawk was hit by a SAM off the coast of North Vietnam. Although Dick ejected and landed in the ocean, when the rescue helicopter arrived on scene they reported that the pilot was dead. With that the helicopter came under fire and was forced to leave without recovering Dick’s body.
Even with the loss of Dick Perry the woman kept in contact with her adopted Naval Aviator sons. Heart broken over the loss of Dick she still managed to host a party in May 1968 for VA-163 and VA-164 to show her affection and devotion for them. She took the time to write over 500 letters to the servicemen throughout the Vietnam War.
The men so admired this woman that they decided to honor her by putting her name on the aircraft of every VA-164 CO. Her name would become part of VA-164 history and she and her kindness were talked about long after the Ghost Riders were disestablished in 1975.
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