Getting Skyraiders right
One of the big problems for modelers building A-1 Skyraiders is that most of the time the model is under-weathered. A friend of mine who flew Skyraiders in Vietnam once told me that the major problem he had with most of the Skyraider models he saw was “I wouldn’t fly that airplane – it’s not dirty enough! Something must be wrong with it.”
The R3350 is a crappy engine. It throws lots of oil, spews exhaust all over, and isn’t that reliable. The only reason the Skyraider didn’t use a nice reliable worthwhile R2800 was the extra 600 horses of the R3350.
Presented here is a Tamiya 1/48 Skyraider and the 1/32 Z-M kit. I got the exhaust “tolerable” (according to my friend) by airbrushing heavy exhaust, then airbrushing lots of Tamiya Smoke, then brush-painting thinned Tamiya Smoke so it would “drip” on the fuselage.
Presented for help for those doing Skyraiders.
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