Monday, 9 February 2015

The generosity of others - part 2

Last Wednesday's second gift followed close upon the heels of the first.  SWS member Tim Walker approached me saying something along the lines of  "I see from your blog that you like building crap kits.  So you'd better have this one..."
The (still shrinkwrapped) item in question was this A-4 Shyhawk kit made by the previously unknown to me company of 'Starfix'.  I wonder where they got the idea for the name...
 A quick glance in the box indicates it to be a pretty basic affair but I'm sure I can make use of it.  Tim W tells me that he recalls picking it up in a shop in Cleethorpes many years and several house moves ago.  I must give some thought to which country's armed forces will be the lucky recipients of this device....

11 comments:

Conrad Kinch said...

With a vote of confidence like that, how could it go wrong?

Paul Foster said...

I almost paid $5.00 for this kit last week. I then read a review which made me reconsider.

http://modelingmadness.com/review/viet/previews/709.htm

Its right up your alley Tim. I especially like the reviewers comment about landfill.

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
Perhaps the post title should have been "Beware of wargamers bearing gifts...."

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
Sounds like that would have been at least $4.95 too much. Going by the review (though they can be rather sniffy) it sounds a dreadful kit - now I'm really looking forward to trying to assemble it!

Pete. said...

http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww3/a/783

Take your pic from here Tim.

Cheers,

Pete.

Counterpane said...

My Andreivian Air Force has one of those Starfix A-4s. It's an easy kit to build but you might decide you want to blank off the engine intakes so you can't see so d
far not the interior.

Tim Gow said...

Pete
Thanks - but it may be some time before I need a painting guide!

Tim Gow said...

Counterpane
This just keeps getting better!

Nick Grant said...

Hi Tim,

Paint it as a Kahu era ('90s) RNZAF A4K - basically an A4F with the cockpit and radar of an F-16!

Or as a Royal Australian A4G with Kiwi roundels - we bought their Skyhawks when the sold the Melbourne. A few were flying around in their [rather fetching dual grey (or was it white and grey)] Australia colours when they got here.

Nick

Tim Gow said...

Nick Grant
That would be tempting - but I already have plans to shoehorn the A4 into a game. If you chaps would go and invade somewhere I'd have more opportunity to use NZ forces....

Nick Grant said...

:-)

Which is why the government got rid of them.

:-(

You could always pretend that they were part of a UN force!