This is my representation of George Marrett’s “Sock it to ’em” – a A-1J of the 602nd SOS Nakhon Phanom, RTAFB circa 1968/69.
Anyone interested in SPAD’s should read George’s book “Cheating Death” which covers his time flying the SPAD with the 602nd – amazing read!
So on to the model. It’s the Tamiya 1/48 kit, which is a joy to build. I added a few things like the “Yankee” seat and extraction system and scratch built the WP bombs. It is configured for the “Sandy” CSAR role. I added a few other bits here and there to “bling” it up a little. Paint used was Gunze SEA. As the SPAD used up to 5 U.S Gals of oil per hour, I used a lot of Raw Umber oil to relicate this “self-lubrication” from the R-3350 engine!
I have since changed the right drop tank for the correct 150 Gal tank. As far as I can determine, in USAF service and in the Sandy config, they never flew with the 300 Gal’s under the wings.
4 additional images. Click to enlarge.