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Decal Review - 1/32 RNZAF A-4K/TA-4K Skyhawk late 90's "Green Scheme"


Ronin Decals [RD32-028] Limited Edition

1/32 scale decals for RNZAF A-4K and TA-4K Skyhawk aircraft of No. 2 & No. 75 Squadron, in the late 1990's overall "Green Scheme".

The sheet provides National markings, Squadron emblem markings, stencil data and all serial numbers as follows:

A-4K        NZ6201 to NZ6218

TA-4K        NZ6251, NZ6252 and NZ6255

The sheet provides National markings sufficient for two aircraft, although one aircraft would have to be in the scheme with light green markings (as opposed to all markings in black - see the decal sheet below).

The set includes a single sheet of decals and 2 A4 sheets consisting of colour profiles and plans and a black and white sheet indicating stencil placement.

The decals themselves are beautifully printed with a minimum of carrier film and crisp registration.

The set would suit the new Trumpeter A-4 kits or the venerable Hasegawa offerings (Hasegawa's TA-4J being the only 2-seat option in 1/32).  Some scratch building would be required to model the subtle differences introduced by the Kahu upgrades - HUD glass, VOR antenna on the fin, rear ECM antenna, upper fuselage strobe light, nav beacon moved from left undercarriage fairing to right, wingtip ECM antenna, wingtip underside lights, etc - check your references for individual airframes.  Also see Bruce Salmons excellent article in ScaleMail March 2012 for his TA-4K build and Kahu additions.

Decals were sourced from Roy at Southern Sky Models, priced at AUS $24.95 plus postage and packaging (which worked out to be about AUS $4.50).

UPDATE: Southern Sky Decals are now out of stock and it's believed that no more will be available from Ronin Decals.  So grab them if you can find them.....!