Revell/Matchbox 48th AD-5/A1-E Skyraider
Well, here it is – for better or worse (mostly worse), but I did the best I could with what I had to work with 🙁
I certainly wasn’t gonna spend any more money on after market stuff for THIS kit. But, seein’s how this is the “only game in town” (until Tamiya or someone finally makes a good one), I didn’t have one, never built one and wanted to try one, so….
It’s a fairly rudimentary kit, with little or no cockpit detail, so I added pilot figures to take up some space. The decal sheet is actually very good and offers markings for a SEA camo version as well as a gray/white Navy version. See all that white around each of the canopy sections? Those were two-part decals for each section. A real pain tryin’ to get THOSE to line up. Some research uncovered the fact that not ALL “4-holer’s” had the rear canopy section(s) tinted – some were left clear, so I left mine clear, figurin’ I better quit now before I mess it up REAL good. I made the mistake of applying a coat of Future before putting on exhaust staining with weathering powders…it doesn’t work too well if ya do that. I suppose I could’ve taken a Q-tip dipped in Windex and removed the Future in that section, but I felt it just wasn’t worth it.
So love it or hate it, the Matchbox Skyraider takes it’s place on the shelf to gather dust.
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