The A-4 Skyhawk, introduced in 1956, was an attack aircraft that served with the U.S. Navy and Marines for more than forty years. With its low-altitude bombing system, it was capable of delivering nuclear weapons, a crucial characteristic for early Cold War attackers. The Skyhawk saw extensive service during the Vietnam War, though it only tallied one air-to-air kill: on May 1, 1967, Lt. Cdr. Theodore Swartz of VA-76, stationed on the USS Bon Homme Richard, fired an unguided Zuni rocket and took down a Vietnamese MiG-17.
A Hobby Master reproduction of Swartz's A-4C, this 1/72 scale, die cast model features engraved panel lines, a sliding canopy, a removable pilot figure, a well-equipped cockpit, full weapons complement (including wing-mounted missiles and rockets), a detailed exhaust port, optional-position landing gear, and a display stand. Measures approximately 6¾" long with a 4¾" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA1427