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A4C Skyhawk VA153 NL-306 USS Coral Sea US Navy 1:72**o/p** by Hobby Master
Hobby Master is a Hong Kong based manufacturer producing high quality collectible diecast models. Hobbymaster produces mostly military diecast aircraft models in 1:72, 1:48, 1:144 and 1:32 scales. The company also produces vintage airliner types, some in military liveries in 1:200 scale. It's products are perhaps the most popular military diecast models in the world, and their high quality is award winning. Most models come with their own stand, and many come with additional external weapons, fuel tanks, and pilot figures.
- True to scale
- Professionally painted
- Great attention to detail
- All markings are Tampo printed (pad applied)
- Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
- Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
- Canopy can be displayed open or closed
- Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
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Designed to replace the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider the Skyhawk first flew in 1954. Its small
size was a radical departure from the normal “Big” thinking of the time. The USN first took
delivery in late 1956 with the USMC receiving theirs 3 months later. Over the years many
nicknames were used, “Tinker Toy”, “Heinemann’s Hotrod” (the designer was Ed
Heinemann), with the E and F models labeled the “Camel” because of the electronics
hump along the dorsal. Probably the most well known nickname used for the 2,960 A-4’s
that were produced is “Scooter”.
In February 1965 A-4C 149574 was transferred from VA-144 to VA153 “Blue Tail Flies”
on board the USS Coral Sea. In Vietnam this aircraft made numerous sorties carrying
ordnance such as Mk. 84 2,000 pounds and fuel tanks. On June 25, 1965 while on an
armed reconnaissance flight 10 miles north of Thanh Hoa and piloted by CVW-15 CAG,
ex-VA153 CO, Cdr. Peter Mongilardi, A-4C 149574 NL/306 was hit by 37mm flak and
crashed killing the pilot. Mongilardi became the first CAG to be shot down in the Vietnam
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- Code 183977
- SKU HA1428
- Weight 500
- Size X 21
- Size Y 21
- Size Z 5