• Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie
  • Hobby Master HA1408 A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock Lady Jessie

DOUGLAS A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock "Lady Jessie"

Review on October 1st, 2015 | Hobby Master Diecast Model 1/72 Scale

Basic Information

Hobby Master社製ダイキャストモデルです。商品の概略は以下のとおり。

This is a ready-made diecast model by Hobby Master Limited. The specifications of this product is as follows.

Product MakerHobby Master Limited.
Product Series1:72 Air Power Series
Product NameItem No:HA1408
DOUGLAS A-4F SKYHAWK VA-164, USS Hancock "Lady Jessie"
Model Scale1:72
DimensionsLength:17cm / Width:12cm
Release Date2008
Price5,184 yen in Japan
Notes *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)
*Open-able canopy
*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

塗装やマーキング類も素晴らしい出来栄えです。 ベトナム戦争中、アメリカ海軍・海兵隊機のカラースキームは、上面ライトガルグレー、下面ホワイトとなっていました。

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.

A-4F VA-55 CVA-19 1972
File:A-4F VA-55 CVA-19 1972.JPEG From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

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.

Reference

[Books & Magazine]

*FAMOUS AIRPLANES OF THE WORLD No.3 DOUGLAS A-4 SKYHAWK / Published by BUNRIN-DO Co.,Ltd. 1987
*FAMOUS AIRPLANES OF THE WORLD No.150 DOUGLAS A-4 SKYHAWK / Published by BUNRIN-DO Co.,Ltd. 2012

[Video]

*FIGHTING AIRCRAFT DVD Collection 25 A-4 Skyhawk / Published by K.K.DeAgostini JAPAN 2008

[Website]

*1/72 Air Power Series HA1408 Douglas A- 4F, VA-164 Ghost Riders "Lady Jessie", USS Hancock - Hobby Master Collector
*Douglas A-4 Skyhawk - Wikipedia
*Lady Jessie Beck and the Navy Ghostriders – Belle of Steel #12 | jeanettevaughan
*1960s Aircraft Carrier Operations: A-4 Skyhawks - YouTube