This old (1957) 1/72nd Monogram kit was engineered to have retractable gear, much like the same vintage Avenger and Helldiver offerings by Monogram back in the day. I choose to fix them in place. Didn’t even bother to see how they would’ve gone together in the “up” position. Leading edges and radome sprayed….anti-glare and walkways are weathering powder.
Something I rarely, if ever do (besides 72nd scale), is attempt to replicate an actual aircraft. I wanted to represent something a little different than the “usual” paint scheme and found this (see last pic) – unknown to me was the fact that they used this airplane in Vietnam. The paint scheme appealed to me, so I tried duplicating it best I could.
I added nose weight, but it was insufficient. Once closed, it was difficult to add any more. Therefore, it’s a “hanger”. It’s a pretty rudimentary kit by today’s standards, but it was an addition to the collection that I didn’t previously have.
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