Anyone questioned the forthcoming A-4 Skyhawk reissue decals yet?
Not convinced option #1 VA-15 is correct in its finer details. OK so I'm forced to go by Boxart and Side profile only atm but there are question marks, with only 2 months or less to release so little time to refine if they haven't already.
1. Red stripe on fuel tank - Shouldn't it be blue to match the fin tip colour? There's pictures of Gold stripe tanks, likely 'borrowed' from another squadron, but nowhere have I seen Red stripes of this style on any Skyhawk or USS Intrepid/CVW-10 aircraft of the era (Apr 66-Dec 67 iirc) .
Note that Hasegawa has the same option in a 1/48 kit, and the boxart is a colour photo of the real deal with a blue stripe tank.
2. Rudder colours - The aforementioned (Hasegawa) picture also shows the multiple colours on the rudder ribs as befits a CAG bird. The art works show neither. I would like to hope they are still mentioned in the instructions even though its unlikely to on the decal sheet due to their small size.
3. 00 codex - A minor quibble but references point to this being 300 whilst at sea on the Intrepid although once again I haven't seen pics to confirm, with the 00 being after it's return from combat. Obviously not a problem if you assume your finished kit is displayed post-deployment.
4. Mission markings - these show the full, final count, however as the art depicts a combat mission it should in fact be shorter by at least 1 (maybe more but that would need knowledge of what stores were dropped on each mission). Again not an issue if you assume the post-deployment display option - or a little trimming.
I can live with other colour and marking mis-matches atm as art may imitate does not always mirror life. Only when full instructions with colour and markings are available will the itty bitty details such as exact placement of the BuNo be resolved.
*FYI, I tried raising this on a FB group and several early replies were along the lines of 'who cares', 'why post here?', 'the tanks just from another plane'(without ref's) - Nicely unhelpful so I just deleted the post and will await the inevitable 'Airfix is %+=&' posts if it is released with errors. (I tried to help)
Ps. I'm happy to be proved wrong if someone can post relevant pics.