• Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1
  • Hobby Master HA1409 A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1

DOUGLAS A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels Aerobatic Team #1

Review on February 28, 2016 | 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:HA1409
DOUGLAS A-4F SKYHAWK U.S.Navy Blue Angels
Model Scale1:72
DimensionsLength:17cm / Width:12cm
Release DateMay 2008
Price5,400 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 included
*Display stand included
*Limited Edition 1,500 Pieces Distributed Worldwide

Shape, Painting and Markings

SHAPE, DETAILS AND PAINTING

本モデルは実機に忠実なアウトラインを持ち、塗装やマーキング類も素晴らしい出来栄えです。 精密な彫刻と正確なパネルラインが施されています。
一方、主翼前縁のバリアー・ネット用フックは、実機(ブルーズ仕様機)では削り取られているのですが、本モデルでは残ったまま。 また、左側ガンポジションには折りたたみ式ラダー収納用ポッドを装備しているのですが、こちらも再現されず。

The outline is exactly same as the real plane. The surface is well detailed, and also it has accurate panel lines. The painting and markings are excellent too.
On the other hand, the hooks for barricade still exist on the wing leading edge in this model, even though they are shaved in real plane. The ladder pod should be put on the left gun position on real plane, but there is no pod.

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PILOT FIGURE

本商品には「白いヘルメット」のパイロットフィギュアが付属しますが、レビューではホビーマスター製品HA1903(F-4J ブルーエンジェルス)の「黄色いヘルメット」のフィギュアを使用しています。

This product contain "White Helmet" pilot figure, but I used "Yellows Helmet" figure from Hobby Master HA1903;F-4J "Blue Angels" in this review.

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about real plane

Blue Angels:A-4 Skyhawk era

1974年、ブルーエンジェルスはマッシブなF-4Jから小型でよりエアロバティック向きのA-4Fへ機種更新しました。 石油危機の時代にあってスカイホークの運用はより経済的であり、亜音速で機動性にとんだ機体は観衆前でよりタイトな演技を可能としました。 A-4は操縦性の良さからパイロットに好まれ、メンテナンス性が良く、事故率も低い機体でした。 1986年、A-4はF/A-18ホーネットにその座を譲ります。

In 1974 the Blue Angels downsized from the massive F-4J to the smaller more aeorbatic Douglas A-4F. Also this was during the oil crisis and the Skyhawk was more economical to operate, it was subsonic and more maneuverable which allowed for tighter displays and kept the performance in front of the audience. The pilots loved the A-4 because it was so easy to fly, it was simple to maintain and it had a very low accident rate. In 1986 the A-4 gave way to the newer F/A-18 Hornet.

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A-4F 155033 seen on the ramp at NAF El Centro on 24 March 1985. Photo by Kevin L. Patrick. Thanks!

Reference

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[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
*AIR WORLD 1985 SPECIAL EDITION BLUE ANGELS / Published by AIR WORLD INC., 1985

[Video]

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