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Magic Factory A-4M 2in1 1/48

Finally, there are more news on the Skyhawk subject from Magic Factory. Just as a Christmas present, the company released some pictures of the  48th scale A-4M they are about to hit us with. Alongside with that, a finalized boxart appeared and as we all know – a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, consider this – we have more than a couple thousand words to exchange about this upcoming project. And they seem to be all nice. Because with all those pictures, Magic Factory left us with no choice but to talk a lot about this kit.

A-4M is not a subject that is not covered. There are plenty around. Especially in quarter scale. But none of them is at the level of the current Phantoms for example. With Skyhawk being nothing short of a legend, there was a definite logic for someone – anyone – to approach this subject with contemporary intents and bold plans. Magic Factory did it and it seems they did it quite intriguing. First and foremost, note the picture of the two aircraft side by side. One with the opened lift and drag devices and the other. Noticed anything? The one closed is missing the spinal hump. Note also the tip of the vertical fin:

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Things continue with the nose. A lot of fuss was created the first time Magic Factory showed their plan about the nose opening options. “It will be too complicated”, “It is useless”, “No, it will be perfect” and such. Controversial opinions are nothing new, but especially when things are new and surprising. There are always people who will embrace the new with the will to experiment and enjoy and there will always be the…”traditionalists”…Let’s call ’em that for the lack of a better word.

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Lift and drag devices are a signature mark of most modern planes. Especially after the Skyhawk generation, those barn doors hanging from wherever were important part of the whole design. Innovations and ideas were somewhat always attached to those parts by the engineering geniuses making modern flying machines. If you can make it fly very fast, you gotta know how to slow it down. Also, slow flying is very important when you have to land on a deck moving in a middle of the ocean, with waves sometimes tens of feet in height and winds that….well, you know the story. Skyhawk was never used by USAF, but MARINES and US NAVY flew the hell out of it, therefore all of the above is self-explanatory.

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Electronics? Yes, Magic Factory thought of that too. If you lift the nose up, you have to show something. Surely, there will be a lot more stuff that can be added, but just compare this kit to Trumpeter/Hobbyboss and Hasegawa kits from the recent past. Not that they were bad kits. They were good. Actually they still are. But they cannot compare here. Especially in case the newly born Chinese model factory keep the measurements accurate to the real thing. Take a look behind the intake on the picture below. It is not only the nose. Magic Factory opened more. And all combined, will give one very sophisticated 21st century tooling of the Mighty Scooter.

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Remember last time when you bought an aftermarket ladder or FOD made from photo-etch or resin? Especially PE ladders, they were a hassle more often than not. FOD can be made from scratch, but if displayed on the ground, it is a very good add-on, not less important than Remove Before Flight flags. Well, Magic Factory added the ladder and the FOD for the Skyhawk’s air suckers. It is not much, but when combined with everything else described above, that is a gourmet meal by all means.

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And finally the boxart. The thing that catches us in the store or sometimes even from the very first look on the web – Magic Factory did this with thought and finesse. This picture is definitely worth a thousand words, but sometimes thousand words can be meaningless. In this case though, they are not. The plane is slow, with vortex trail coming out of the wingtip and the slats are down. Caught in the very moment when the centerline drop tank is being released. On the background, seemingly in a high-G turn there is a fellow A-4 in steep bank, with vortices coming out of the wings as well. Pretty vivid, telling more than most of the boxarts out there. Intriguing, fascinating, beautiful.

What that would be? South East Asia? Or maybe there will be plenty of other options that you can base your project on using this particular kit?

Magic Factory’s A-4M Skyhawk is flying in soon. With all the above, it will leave us with nothing but excitement and longing.

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