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Frank Cronin
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AD-6 of VA-165, USS Oriskany, 1962

June 24, 2013 · in Aviation · · 12 · 1.8K

This was built from the kit using AeroMaster decals. Aside from the decals I built this out of the box. I have no idea of who the pilot was or any further history of the airplane. I just liked the scheme. I left it rather clean as I have used this image on my card and my WEB-site. I remember the AD's from my time on BHR in 1957 and have always liked this a/c.

I have the 1/32 Zoukeimura under construction right now and I feel like I am building the real airplane. Lots of the stuff inside will never be seen again.

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  1. Beautiful build, Frank - and I love the late '50's, early 60's time-frame you chose for markings.

  2. Very cleanly-built Skyraider, Frank...and your Corsair posted below is also quite unique. Love 'em both - nice work.

  3. absolutely stunning build and it

  4. VERY nice- you have influenced me to build my extra Monogram AD-6 in USN Grey/white!

  5. Another great build. I like the subtle exhaust stains.

  6. Well done Frank I agree love the scheme

  7. Frank... Nice Spad, clean build. I LIKE it.

  8. Real nice effort, just enough exhaust "weathering" to put it over the top. (As a young model builder I thought the engine cowling (and engine) looked too small and didn't match the rest of the airframe). Great job Frank!

  9. said on July 1, 2013

    HEY Frank .. AWESOME model .. I was on the USS Tarawa in '57 .. wish we could have family members see the way the water looks around a carrier, different colors ... the models you have in here are truly, as my Granddaughter would say .. fantabulous ! later RBH

  10. Hi Frank:

    Excellent build!

    Do you have some of your models on display at Talbots Hobbies in San Mateo?


  11. Jeff,
    Yes I do. Are you from the area?

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