I'm going to start off with a list of the companies that have released Skyhawks in 1/72. This is not yet a list of toolings, I will post that in a later reply. This thread will also include reviews of the 7 toolings that you could still find in your searches. (of the other 3, 2 went OOP soon after release and 1 hasn't been released yet)
I will also include a builders guide for each US version of the Skyhawk in the Versions and Conversions section of the site.
First the list. Even though it implies that there were a lot of Skyhawks released, all of these releases came from the same 7 toolings.
Airfix (old tooling)
Airfix (new tooling)
Central (long OOP, collector's item)
Hobby Boss (this is the one that is not released yet)
Otaki (long OOP, collector's item)
From the above list, it looks like there are a couple of dozen Skyhawks, doesn't it?
But, there are only 7 toolings out there.
and the Long OOP Central, Long OOP Otaki, and the not released yet versions from Hobby Boss.
here's why ("copy" doesn't necessarily mean pirated, it just means that the mold came from the company listed) a "*" means that is an original tooling.
Ace is the Hasegawa tooling
AMT is the Matchbox tooling
AMT/ERTL is the Esci tooling
*Airfix (old tooling) Original
*Airfix (new tooling) Original
Central, long OOP
Esci/ERTL is the Esci tooling
Frog is the Hasegawa tooling
Heller is the Esci tooling (probably wrong, going by the release date, it is more likely the Old Airfix tooling, making the Heller and Humbrol releases unrelated)
Hobby Boss is not released yet
Humbrol is the Esci tooling
IMC is the Hasegawa tooling
Kangnam is the Hasegawa tooling
Lindberg is the Hasegawa tooling
MPC is the old Airfix tooling
Minicraft Hasegawa is the Hasegawa tooling
Otaki, long OOP
Revell, some are the Hasegawa tooling
Revell, some are the Italeri tooling
Revell Esci is the Esci tooling
Scalecraft Esci is the Esci tooling
Starfix is the old Airfix tooling
SUR is the Fujimi tooling
Tamiya is the Italeri tooling
Testors is the Italeri tooling
US Airfix is the old Airfix tooling
Let's sort these by tooling, and list who has released them in their boxes. This might be an easier way to see this.
Heller (this one may be the Airfix kit, since it was released almost a decade before the Esci kit was tooled up)
Humbrol (this is definite)
Revell Esci (*H-2212 and H-2213 for examples)
*****Airfix new tooling
Revell (#4358, for example)
Revell ( # 04316)
*****Airfix old tooling
Heller (since it was released in 1973, it can't be Esci)
(did Airfix Craftmaster have this in their line?)
*****Central, Otaki, Hobby Boss,,,,,already covered
From the above breakdown you can see that AMT had 2 different toolings in their boxes (Esci and Matchbox) and Revell had 3 (Esci, Italeri and Hasegawa) that means if someone is seeking help with those company's kits, they need to say what other label is on the box, or the kit number, in order for people to know what kit they have so that they can actually help.
Also note that even though a lot of people think that the Italeri kit is the Esci kit reboxed,,,,,,it is NOT. The Italeri is a completely different tooling. This will be shown in the photos of the kit parts later in this thread.
(Scalemates "fixers" can use this thread to correct that database whenever a new person comes along, joins, and thinks he remembers, changing that info all around in the process. That is because this list will stay static, and is based on "I see the models in the open boxes" instead of "Ahh Thank I remember it" or "someone said it is this")